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How To Make Your Own Popsicles

"Mom, we're hot and the Ice Cream Man is coming! Can we have money for a popsicle?" Say "yes" to this request too many times and you'll be broke before the month is out. And what are you really paying for? A frozen block of water, sugar, some food coloring and a drop or two of artificial flavoring. Save yourself some money and give your kids a healthy treat at the same time by making your own popsicles.

You Probably Already Have The Ingredients Right In Your Kitchen

Ingredients for making your own inexpensive and healthy frozen treats are as near as your own kitchen cupboards. Simply freezing bottled fruit juices or frozen juice concentrates is a good place to start. Add in whole fruits or crushed fruits that you may have on hand, or even applesauce - to make it more fun. Switch it up even more by using yogurt as the base instead of fruit juice.

How To Make Popsicles From Bottled Fruit Juice

If you have fruit juice in your refrigerator then you have the makings for a cheap, tasty freezer treat! It's best to simmer the juice in a saucepan on your stove, first, to reduce it by about half. This will help it freeze to a firmer consistency. After simmer, stir in 1 tablespoon of corn syrup. Allow to cool slightly then pour into molds and freeze.

Frozen Juice Concentrates Make Excellent Popsicles

This is a great way to make popsicles. Sometimes you can get really super deals on frozen juice concentrates! Mix according to the directions on the juice can, only adding half the water so your popsicles will freeze well. Stir in about cup of corn syrup to help stabilize it and then just pour into molds and freeze.

Make Your Own Lemonade Popsicles

What is more refreshing than lemonade on a hot, summer day? Lemonade Popsicles! Heat 1 Cup of water and to 1 cup of sugar until the sugar dissolves. Stir in 1 tablespoon of corn syrup, simmer for a couple of minutes, remove from heat and allow to cool. Stir in 1 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice (2-4 lemons), pour into molds and freeze for about 4 hours. Recipe can be multiplied for more popsicles.

Creamy Strawberry Popsicles

This recipe is a good example of how you can stretch a little of this and a little of that and make a tasty, healthy snack for your kids! Combine " Cup Strawberries, " Cup Vanilla Yogurt, 1 Cup Orange Juice and " Tablespoon of sugar in your blender until smooth. Then just pour into molds and freeze for approximately 4 hours. Voila! Strawberry Creamsicles!

Use Up That Fruit In A Popsicle!

This is another great, tasty treat that's packed with fresh fruit. Mash one banana and one 10 ounce package of frozen, sliced strawberries with juice with a fork. Stir in one 8 ounce can of crushed pineapple with syrup and Cup milk. Pour into ice pop molds and freeze.

Apple Grape Popsicles

This is an easy recipe and a great way to serve your kids a healthy snack. And what kid doesn't like applesauce and grape juice?! Just mix one cup of frozen grape juice concentrate with 3 cups of applesauce. Pour the mixture into molds and freeze. Note: different types of applesauce freeze differently. You may have to simmer the applesauce for a few minutes to reduce some of the liquid out of it.

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