Well friends, the time has come upon us once again. Grab a paper towel – nay, take a baby wipe or two, because it’s about to get sticky. That’s right – it’s ice pop season! But before you all run out to your local market and buy that high-fructose corn syrup treat, or even worse, spend $7 on a tiny box of frozen organic sugar, bear this in mind: you, yes YOU, can make your own ice pops this summer in your very own kitchen (you’re running the freezer anyway, so it won’t cost you more on your electrical bill)!
Ice pop making is not just a soccer mom’s pastime, it is actually an art. There are many different ways to make your own ice pops using a variety of ingredients. Here I present to you a smattering, if you will, of the possibilities in ice pop cuisine.
1. The Basic Ice Pop
This is what I used to do as a kid. I would take a Dixie cup and fill it with my favorite juice. Then I would place an ice pop stick in the middle and tape it to either side of the cup. Finally, I would stick it in the freezer. I have distinct memories of these being the yummiest ice pops ever.
Dixie cups work nicely, but it may behoove you to purchase an ice pop mold. The options are endless, from cheap plastic molds to the fancy silicone ones from high end kitchen stores. In my experience it doesn’t really matter what kind you buy.