Homemade Frozen Fruit Juice Pops

Homemade Frozen Fruit Juice Pops
 
What screams summer louder than juicy frozen fruit pops melting in your mouth? Making your own fruit juice popsicles is bunches of fun for the whole family…not to mention, so much healthier and far less costly than those found in supermarkets. No special equipment needed except paper cups and popsicle sticks. Or look around for fun-shaped molds…or maybe even try one of those frozen pop makers that freeze your homemade creations in about 10 minutes!

Yield: 6 to 8 popsicles
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Ingredients
  • About 2 cups 100% fruit juice (try mixing flavors for exciting new taste sensations!)
  • Popsicle molds or paper cups and popsicle sticks
Instructions
Assembling and Freezing Pops:
  1. Pour juice into paper cups or molds. Leave about 1/2-inch to allow for expansion during freezing.
  2. If using paper cups, place a popsicle stick in each cup when semi-frozen (will take at least 3 hours). If using molds, place stick in mold and fasten top.
  3. Freeze UNDISTURBED for a minimum of 8 hours (overnight would be preferable) Do not keep running to check on your pops as every time your freezer is opened, the temperature rises!
Removing Pops:
  1. For paper cups, just peel away cups and enjoy! For molds, run under warm water for about 20 seconds, twisting stick gently until pop easily slides out.
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Make Ahead and Storage Tips: store pops in cup or molds for up to 3 months.

The amount of fruit juice included is approximate. You may need to make adjustments accordingly based on the size of your cups and molds.

To make layered pops: loads of fun to make, but do allow extra time for individual layers to freeze. Fill a paper cup or mold halfway (or can do thirds) with desired pop mixture. Allow at least 4 hours before adding the second and/or third layer.

Be creative with colors and textures! Alternate layers of juice with various fruit and yogurt combinations. See Homemade Frozen Fruit and Yogurt Pops and Homemade Frozen Fruit Pops for bunches of yummy ideas!

A note about sweetening: these frozen juice pops contain no added sweetening. Feel free to adjust to your family’s tastes, adding a bit of honey if desired.

Keep in mind: homemade frozen fruit pops do not have preservatives and stabilizers like found in most commercial products. Make sure you serve them immediately after removing from the freezer or they will melt rather quickly! Also, for the same reason, don’t be surprised if when removing pops from molds or cups one or two break in the process. They’re still just as much fun to eat with a spoon!
 

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