Popsicles, ice lollies... whatever you call them, they’re a real summer treat. And it's even better when you make them yourself, so here are ten recipes to make your own lollies
1. Roasted Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles
Roasting strawberries concentrates the flavour and brings out the juice; they’re then gently folded into honey-sweetened yogurt and a squeeze of lime is added for some sharpness. Easy, delicious, and healthy!
2. Cucumber Lime Mint Paletas
Most of these recipes are for fruit-based lollies, but for a change I love the cooling combination of cucumber, lime and mint. It’s classic cocktail combination, so I can just imagine enjoying one of these sitting outside at the end of a summer’s day.
3. Blueberry Lemon Popsicles
From pink to green to purple. These deeply coloured lollies just look interesting and different, even without tasting them. Like many of these recipes, they’re easy to make; here, by blitzing the fruit, adding some lemon juice and then adjusting the sweetness with some honey.
4. Coconut Mango Raspberry Chia Popsicles
And this one is extra special; a recipe that isn’t just-blitz-and-freeze. It’s still simple though—blitz coconut, mango and then mix in the chia seeds. Separately, make a raspberry coulis. Then layer the two in the moulds, for a great looking and tasting result.
5. Paleo Lemon Ice Pops
I simply had to have a lemon recipe in this collection. Personally, I prefer my lemon lollies to be a little sharper; it’s one of the great advantages of making my own that I can adjust the sugar levels to my liking. Rather than use sugar, this recipe calls for raw honey to keep it paleo-friendly.
6. Roasted Cherry Yogurt Popsicles
Ice cold food dulls the taste buds, so it’s vitally important that strong flavours are used when making lollies. Roasting fruit—cherries, in this case—really helps concentrate the flavour for an extra tasty lolly. This is another layered recipe for the better-looking results.
7. Blackberry Coconut Popsicles
I love the colour of these lollies, with the contrast of the layers of white frozen coconut water, and the dark purple of the blackberries.
8. Creamy Root Beer Float Paletas
These are definitely more similar to American popsicles rather than British lollies. Root beer is as American as it gets, and a root beer float—root beer and ice cream—is doubly so. This recipe layers one on the other for a float-on-a-stick. I’m especially envious of the great looking metal lolly moulds!
9. Boozy Bourbon Chocolate Popsicles
Something only for adults: cocoa, dates, dried cherries and coconut milk given a kick with a good slug of bourbon. I can see these as a great pudding substitute after an evening barbecue.
10. Cooling Cucumber, Elderflower & Mint Ice Pops
Finally, a second cucumber-based popsicle. This one adds elderflower cordial—this is something that’s easy to make yourself for the everythin-home-made sense of satisfaction. Don’t worry, though, if you don’t have access to elderflowers; the lollies are just as delicious if you use a bottle of ready-made cordial.
Helen Best-Shaw, is a freelance food & travel writer, recipe developer & photographer. She has been blogging at Fuss Free Flavours for over 10 years.