Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Make Your Own Popsicles And Save Money

By Dania Petrevski

It's summertime! Time for playing outdoors, time for enjoying the sun and definitely time for icy cold treats. But have you seen the price of popsicles lately? And let's not even get into the ingredients. Nothing but sugar, water, coloring and a drop or two of some artificial flavoring. Yet they cost dollars per pack. Save yourself a few dollars and, while you're at it, serve your kids a frozen treat that's refreshing and good for them, too.

Basic Ingredients Turn Into Frozen Ice Pops

Most moms already ingredients on hand to make at least a few basic popsicles. That bottle of apple or grape juice is a great place to start. Frozen Juice Concentrates work well, too. Throw in a few grapes or the last slice of watermelon to add to the fun. Do your kids like Cream-sicles? Use any yogurt as a base and combine it with some fruit in your blender. Pour into molds and freeze. Presto! Cheap, healthy popsicles!

How To Make Popsicles From Bottled Fruit Juice

Using bottled fruit juice to make popsicles is an excellent way to begin. You can just pour and freeze. However, bottled fruit juice is usually a little too watery to freeze well. Your popsicles will melt too quickly and the kids will be a sticky mess. Before freezing, boil your fruit juice to reduce it by half, then stir in 1 tablespoon of light corn syrup. Now, pour into molds and freeze for a cheap, tasty freezer treat!

Use Frozen Juice Concentrates To Make Tasty Ice Pops

Frozen juice concentrates can usually be found in your grocer's freezer for much less than the cost of bottled fruit juice, saving you even more money when you make your own popsicles. Just mix according to the directions on the can, but use only half the water. Stir in 1 tablespoon of corn syrup to help with the freezing consistency, then pour into molds and freeze.

Lemonade Popsicles - So Refreshing!

Everybody loves lemonade and your kids will love these lemonade popsicles! In a small saucepan, heat 1 Cup of Water and 3/4 to 1 Cup of Sugar until all the sugar dissolves. Stir in 1 tablespoon of corn syrup, simmer for a couple of minutes and remove from heat. Allow to cool. Stir in 1 Cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice (2-4 lemons) and pour into molds. Freeze for about 4 hours. Add a few crushed raspberries or strawberries for a real treat! 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!

Fruit Cocktail Pops

Every kid loves fruit cocktail. Sometimes, it's the only fruit they'll eat. Here's a tasty cocktail that you can freeze! 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. Toss in a few maraschino cherries or some green grapes to really spice it up. Pour into ice pop molds and freeze.

Kid Faves - Apples and Grape Juice!

For a quick, easy, and healthy frozen treat, go to the refrigerator right now and take out the grape juice and applesauce! 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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