Hassle-free Ice Pops Your Kids Will Love

Hassle-free Ice Pops Your Kids Will Love

“Hassle-free Ice Pops Your Kids Will Love” is sponsored by The Produce Box”. Although I was supplied products and/or compensated for writing this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. I receive a small commission at no cost to you when you make a purchase using my link.

Okay, who pissed-off Mother Nature? It is hot out there, people! PLEASE apologize to her, ASAP!!

Hassle-free Fruit Popsicles Your Kids Will Love

We have had higher than average temperatures all summer, and according to NOAA Climate.gov we will have hotter than average temps all summer long! Aside from one or two really nice, humidity-free days, it’s been too hot for this fair-skinned redhead!

 

My girls have been begging me to make ice pops for weeks, but I’ve been too busy with work and other things to make the effort.

Well, the stars all aligned this week and I was made some really tasty ice pops. I found some $1 ice pop molds at the dollar store (fair warning 2 of the 5 trays I bought had holes and leaked everywhere. 🙁  Next time I’m going to buy this set>>>) and I had a bunch of tasty farm-fresh fruit from my weekly Produce Box delivery for inspiration!

The Produce Box

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I wish I had realized sooner how little time and effort it would take to make these delicious fruit-filled ice pops! I made four different types of ice pops, including one just for the adults, in less than 30 minutes (the cocktail-inspired recipe will be posted on the blog soon–if you can’t wait, try my Frozen Strawberry Starburst recipe)!

Hassle-free Ice Pops Your Kids Will LoveThere’s no need for special equipment if you don’t already have, or want to buy, ice pop molds. You can use small disposable cups, plastic wrap, and plastic spoons or clean craft sticks, or ice cube trays, foil, and toothpicks<<my mom used to do that when I was little. As long as you have a blender or food processor, you are good to go. And even if you don’t, you can still make these ice pops, just put your kids to work mashing up the fruit.

The hardest part of the whole process was waiting for the ice pops to freeze completely!

My girls’ favorite was the Watermelon Raspberry, with the Very Berry Lemonade a close second. The Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Pops were good, but the girls decided I should have blended the blueberries first, so I amended the instructions for that recipe.

Let me know which flavor combination is your favorite!

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Watermelon Raspberry Ice Pops

Hassle-free Ice Pops Your Kids Will Love

These Watermelon Raspberry Ice Pops are my girls’ favorite! The lemon juice really lets the fruit flavors pop, so don’t leave it out.

  • Author: Kate Kelly
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 4 hrs 10 mins
  • Yield: 8-10 ice pops
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 5 cups seedless watermelon, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar (optional, as needed)

Instructions

Place the watermelon, raspberries, and lemon juice into a blender/food processor and blend on high speed until the mixture is smooth. Taste and add sugar if desired/as needed. Blend until sugar is incorporated.

Pour the mixture into ice pop molds and insert sticks or handles. Freeze until firm, at least 4 hours.

When ready to eat, run the molds under hot water to release the ice pop.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 fruit pop (made with 1/4 cup sugar)
  • Calories: 59
  • Sugar: 12.4g
  • Sodium: 2mg
  • Fat: 0.3g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: .2g
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 14.8g
  • Fiber: 1.4g
  • Protein: 0.8g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: Popsicle, fruit pops, The Produce Box, fruit treats, fruit desserts, frozen fruit pops, ice pops

Hassle-free Ice Pops Your Kids Will LoveVery Berry Lemonade Ice Pops

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

Yield: About 10 ice pops

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Lemonade
  • 1/2 cup Blackberries
  • 1/2 cup Raspberries
  • 1/2 cup Blueberries

Directions:

Add a variety of berries to each ice pop mold then fill with the lemonade.

Place the tops on the mold, freeze at least 4 hours or overnight. Run the mold under hot water. Wiggle the ice pop a little bit until it pops free.

Serving Size: 1 fruit pop, Calories: 63, Sugar: 14.1g, Sodium: 5mg, Fat: 0.2g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Unsaturated Fat: 0g, Trans Fat: 0, Carbohydrates: 16g, Fiber: 1.2g, Protein: 0.4g, Cholesterol: 0mg

 

Hassle-free Ice Pops Your Kids Will LoveLemon & Blueberry Frozen Yogurt Pops

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Yeild: about 6 ice pops

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups lemon full-fat yogurt (like Noosa)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ¼ cups blueberries, fresh pureed

Instructions:

Puree blueberries. Place yogurt, honey, and vanilla in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Gently blend in blueberries.
Fill each ice pop mold with equal amounts of the yogurt mixture, don’t overfill. (I used a parchment paper piping bag to add filling, to reduce the mess. You could use a funnel, as well.)
Freeze for at least 4 hours before serving. When ready to eat run molds under hot water to release the yogurt pops.

Serving Size: 1 fruit pop, Calories: 256, Sugar: 35.7g, Sodium: 156mg, Fat: 1.7g, Saturated Fat: 0.8g, Unsaturated Fat: .9g, Trans Fat: 0, Carbohydrates: 52.5g, Fiber: 5.2g, Protein: 8.2g, Cholesterol: 11mg

While the yogurt pops are higher in calories than the other two recipes (you need that full-fat yogurt to make the pops taste extra creamy and delicious) they are also a lot higher in fiber and protein. If you want to add a little extra something in there for an extra healthy boost, add 1-2 tablespoons of chia seeds into the yogurt mixture.

I hope you enjoy these ice pops as much as my girls and I did.

Do you have a favorite combination of fruits you think would make a great ice pop? Let me know in the comments!

Comments 19

  1. Going to have to make some of these hassle free ice pops as a treat for the grandkids. Hassle free is the key word here, plus like all the fruit in them.

  2. Love these! I always see these popsicle makers when I go to the store, but I never know what I would make with them. Thank you for these recipes! I think I’ll pick up a set and make some for myself! 🙂

  3. There is absolutely nothing like a good ice pop on a warm day and these sound absolutely delicious – perfect for putting together at home and having ready to get out when the sun hits.

  4. Who doesn’t want to make ice pops during the summer! Love this and I just love how easy the recipes are to copy. Thanks for the lovely ideas. I really like adding or using fresh fruits!

  5. I must try these with my kids. Especially the Watermelon Raspberry. I’m a sucker for anything with watermelon and my raspberry bushes are full of berries this year! Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  6. My kids would love these! With the weather being so hot lately this would be the perfect time to create some ice pops. Plus, I just purchased a new blender yesterday so off to the grocery store to grab the ingredients.

  7. I love the look of those ice pop molds. I’ve been telling the grandkids I’ll try to make them some, sometime. They want to eat fudge popsicles all day long and I don’t think it’s good for them. I’d rather monitor what goes into them.

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