When does summer official begin? June 21st? NOPE! Summer officially begins the moment you sit down after a long day of outdoor play and enjoy a popsicle. Ask any kid and they’ll confirm this! Too bad the popsicles you’ll find at your local grocery store are filled with sugars (LOTS of it), artificial flavors and modified chemicals. Just the kind of stuff that our kids should be eating, huh?! Seriously, have you looked at the ingredients list for popsicles? It’s not pretty! One of my favorite popsicles used to be the famous Firecracker Popsicles.
Firecracker Popsicle - Image from popsicle.com
The box boasts that they are fat free and have vitamin C and fruit juice. That’s not all it has! Firecracker popsicles contain water, pear juice (from concentrate), liquid sugar (sugar and water), high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup (cause we didn’t get enough corn syrup yet!), lemon, raspberry and cherry juice (all from concentrate), citric acid, guar gum, malic acid, modified cellulose, natural and artificial flavors, locust bean gum, ascorbic acid, red 40 and blue 1.
Scary stuff huh?! The truly sad part is that even the regular flavor popsicle (cherry, strawberry, orange, etc) all have ingredient lists just like the one above. Fruit is naturally fat free, high in vitamin c and brace yourself, contains fruit juice! Why mess with what nature made?! This recipe is hardly a recipe, more of an inspiration for you to mix and match your favorite flavors to come up with some truly delicious popsicles!
- Fruit (any kind, pits, stems and skins removed if necessary and washed)
- Add your fruit to a blender and process until you have a pourable liquid.
- Pour into popsicle molds or plastic cups.
- Place into the freezer for about 4 hours or until completely frozen. (If you’re using plastic cups don’t forget to go back and insert a popsicle stick 30-40 minutes after you place the popsicles in the freezer)
- Remove from the freezer and ENJOY!
Nutritional info will vary depending on the type of fruits that are used.
You can also make these popsicles using 100% PURE NOT FROM CONCENTRATE Fruit Juice (the ingredients should list be fruit and fruit ONLY). My daughter wanted to make an apricot/mango flavored popsicle and I could not find organic apricots at the store. Instead we picked up some apricot juice and added that to the blender with the mango. As long as the fruit juice or nectar contains only fruit (no water, no concentrates, no acids) then it’s perfectly healthy and great to use when you can’t get fresh fruit.