This is not really a post about how to make popsicles. I mean, the recipe for that is: mix frozen fruit and juice, blend, pour into popsicle molds. This is a post about…
“I waaaanna popsicle!!!”
You feel me? These days, I’m as likely to hear those words first thing in the morning as I am right before bed.
It started innocently enough. I picked up a box of commercially made popsicles over the summer. They were fun and helped divert attention from her newly formed fixation on ice cream. As I’ve written about, we were out of our normal routine over the summer, so we were enjoying popsicles pretty often.
As we transitioned back into a normal routine, the popsicles stuck around. And honestly, I don’t really have a problem with that. They help fill in the gaps between true dessert nights and provide an additional serving of fruit in her day.
We started making our own popsicles in the mold pictured below (Zoku Mod Pops, affiliate link) since store brands contain added sugar and don’t actually have very much fruit. The texture isn’t the same, but, well, she’s a toddler so she doesn’t seem to care!
And we love making them together! She’s so excited every time and loves to decide which color we should make. So far we’ve tried:
-Orange – Strawberry and mango
-Red – Watermelon
-Yellow – Pineapple
-Green – Pineapple and spinach (yup!)
-Purple – Mango, pineapple and blueberries (I was reluctant to do all blueberries due to the mess!)
Clearly, the possibilities are endless and you are only limited by how messy and sticky you are willing to let your floors become (dark cherry would be delicious, but, well…yikes!) Plus, making them together is really simple and a fun hands-on bonding activity.
But back to the original intention of this post. What do you do when you hear, “I waaaaaanna popsicle!!!!” especially at odd hours of the day when having a popsicle isn’t part of the schedule?
Well, at first I tried the strategy of allowing my two-year-old to choose when during the course of the day she could enjoy her treat, but reminding her that she’d already had it if she asked for another one. And that worked great for about three hours… Somehow, the meltdown that ensues when she’s denied a second popsicle is lesser than the meltdown of being denied the first. So although I support the strategy of having the authority to choose the timing of their treats for older kids with the ability to rationalize, it’s just not a good fit for us yet. Right now, my kid does better with a firm “no” until the pre-determined time, which for us is after dinner.
I’m a little more relaxed about it on the weekends, though, which is fun for us both since she always wants me to have one, too!
100% Fruit Popsicles
- Frozen fruit likely about 2 cups
- 100 % juice likely about 1 cup
Determine how many liquid ounces of mixture you need (number of ounces in one of your popsicle molds x the total number of molds.)*
Fill a measuring cup with frozen fruit to reach the number of ounces you need. Fill the cup with juice to fill in the gaps.
Allow the mixture to sit for about 5 minutes to slightly soften the frozen fruit.
Transfer mixture to a blender, blend until completely smooth.
Distribute mixture among popsicle molds and freeze at least 8 hours.
*Mine come to 18 ounces, so I fill up a two cup measuring cup slightly above the two cup mark.
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