This super simple recipe for strawberry lemonade popsicles is perfect for getting kids involved in the kitchen and cooling down on hot summer days.
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It’s Friday again–HOORAY! Do you have fun weekend plans? Here in Utah, we’re gearing up to celebrate Pioneer Day. I didn’t grow up in Utah with this holiday, but I’m always up for another celebration…so bring on the parades and parties!
I’m actually really excited to be able to celebrate this year since our Fourth of July was less than celebratory (we were in London, and I suppose it makes sense that they don’t really recognize when we rebelled). We may ROAST tonight at the parade we’re going to, but the boys will be happy as long as they get some candy. I will be happy as long as I get some kind of frozen treat at some point during the evening.
Speaking of frozen treats, we’ve been going through popsicles like CRAZY around here! With temperatures that have been close to 100 degrees a lot of days, we’ve been looking for lots of ways to cool down. Especially being seven months pregnant, going outside for 10 minutes leaves me overheated for hours. Note to self: have a baby in the spring next time…those farm animals know what they’re doing.
A lot of times, we make popsicles out of the leftovers of our favorite berry smoothie, and I love them. It’s a great way to earn mom points because my boys think they are getting a treat, but the popsicles are really full of good-for-you ingredients like blueberries, spinach, and chia seeds. But, sometimes you gotta change things up, right?
One of the items on our “summer fun bucket list” (are you playing along?!) is to make a new flavor of popsicles. So last week, on a particularly roasty day, I got inspired…and these strawberry lemonade pops were born. They are SUPER simple–perfect for letting the kids help in the kitchen–and they were the perfect relief on a hot day after we got back from running around at the splash pad.
Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles
Note: If you’re in the market for a good, inexpensive popsicle mold, this is the set of 6 I have and love. They have a little holder to keep the popsicles upright in the freezer, and the pops slide out really easily once you run them under water for a few seconds. We’ve made lots of popsicles in these, and they’ve held up well over time.
- 2 cups lemonade (we just used the Country Time mix, but you could make it homemade if you’re feeling ambitious…I wasn’t)
- 6-8 ripe strawberries
- Wash strawberries and slice them into 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick rounds.
- Use a sharp knife to “skewer” the strawberries then slide 2-3 strawberries onto each popsicle stick (you could just pile the fruit in the bottom of the popsicle mold, but this way you make sure you get a more even distribution of strawberry in the popsicle).
- Put one additional strawberry round in the bottom of each mold.
- Make lemonade. Pour lemonade into each popsicle mold, leaving about an inch of space at the top. This way, when you put the berries/stick into the mold the lemonade doesn’t overflow (not that I found this out the hard way…).
- Insert the stick (with berries) into the mold and secure the top.
- Put popsicles in the freezer and WAIT patiently (or distract your children endlessly), until they freeze. Freezing takes a minimum of 4-6 hours, but I always leave them overnight to be sure.
- Before serving, run each pop under water to loosen the pop from the mold, then gently slide the pop out. I have yet to break a popsicle stick with the current mold I have, but I definitely have broken some on older sets I owned when I wasn’t patient and tried to force the pops out too soon. Oops. Learn from my mistakes.
Source: The Many Little Joys (i.e. – the desperation of a pregnant-in-summer momma)