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Make popsicles and fudgesicles at home!

3 popsicle recipes for cool summer treats.

By Rebekah Peppler |

Summer’s steamy streets and hot, cricket-laden nights are upon us. Popsicles for refreshment replace cocoa for comfort, and the possibilities are endless. But instead of reaching for that box of pre-made popsicles, take a few more minutes to mix up these quick, easy and undeniably delicious homemade versions. These refreshing treats will cool you and the family down, no muss, fuss or high-fructose corn syrup necessary. With flavors like cool chocolate-chocolate fudge studded with cacao nibs, icy grape, and a frozen take on a cherry-lime rickey, there’s something for everyone to savor. Keep these cool, flavor-packed treats on hand for a quick fix to a hot summer day. And don’t stop there: Create your own flavors by substituting different fruits and juices catered to your family’s whims.

  • Chocolate-Chocolate Fudge Popsicle

    Chocolate-Chocolate Fudge

    makes 6 – 8 popsicles, depending on your mold

    • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
    • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
    • 1 cup heavy cream
    • 3/4 cup whole milk
    • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
    • pinch salt
    • 2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1/4 cup cocoa nibs

    Procedure

    1. Place chopped chocolates into a medium-sized mixing bowl.

    2. Heat heavy cream, milk, sugar, cocoa powder and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until cocoa is dissolved and mixture comes to a simmer. Remove from the heat and pour over the chocolate. Let stand for 1 minute, then whisk gently from the center until all chocolate is melted.

    3. Add in the vanilla extract.

    4. Allow to cool slightly, then divide the mixture evenly among the molds.

    5. Freeze for at least four hours or until solid.

  • Cherry-Lime Rickey

    Cherry-Lime Rickey

    makes 6 – 8 popsicles, depending on your mold

    • Juice of 1 lime
    • 1 cup lemon-lime soda
    • 3/4 cup cherry juice/syrup
    • Maraschino cherries

    Procedure

    1. Stir together the lime juice, lemon-lime soda and cherry juice.

    2. Pour into popsicle molds.

    3. Skewer a few cherries on the popsicle stick, insert.

    4. Freeze for at least four hours or until solid.

  • Frooooozen Grape

    Frooooozen Grape

    makes 6 – 8 popsicles, depending on your mold

    • 2 cups grape juice (white or red)
    • 1/4 cup superfine sugar
    • 1/2 fresh lemon; squeezed
    • 10 or so fresh grapes, thinly sliced (careful!)

    Procedure

    1. Place grape juice and sugar in a saucepan and heat over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.

    2. Remove from heat, combine with lemon juice and carefully pour into molds. Add a few grape slices each. Freeze for at least four hours.

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2 thoughts on “Make popsicles and fudgesicles at home!

  1. NM says:

    What are “Cocoa nibs”?

  2. bhornickrd says:

    Nice ideas for healthy popsicles! But if you don’t have the time or desire to make your own, there are certainly good store-bought options available, even some that contain high fructose corn syrup. As a registered dietitian, I encounter much confusion and misinformation about this sweetener. High fructose corn syrup contains the same number of calories as sugar and honey, and there is no difference in how the body metabolizes these sugars. Table sugar is also refined (processed) and offers no nutritional advantage. It is the calories that count in the end. To keep calories low and nutrients high, popsicles that contain mostly 100% fruit and/or juice a convenient and healthy option.

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