The Secret to Making Delicious Homemade Popsicles Your Kids Will Love

The Secret to Making Delicious Homemade Popsicles Your Kids Will Love and a delicious Peanut Butter Fudge Popsicle recipe. This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Promised Land Dairy and #WeAllGrow Latina.

We had just finished up with dinner one summer evening and before leaving the room I handed my boys homemade popsicles. Their favorite! Little did I know what I would walk into next.  My three year old was sitting in his high chair covered from head to toe of his frozen treat. It was that kind of mess that you can’t do anything but just laugh.  Honestly, I’m not sure what happened and how he managed to cover himself in chocolate gooeyness in only a few minutes of me being out of the room.

As I walked away shaking my head I remembered my own childhood and being covered from head to toe in  mango juice drippings from the ginormous mango my mother had cut open for us. I hope my mother was able to laugh and file it away in her mind as–cute!

Don’t you just love those messy smiles? Maybe not the kind where you’re covered from head to toe, but nonetheless, they are just so cute.

Well, who said delicious homemade popsicles are just for the summer? At our house, we love making them as a snack for the kids or for a quick dessert. The fun thing about homemade popsicles is that you can get so creative with your ingredients and flavors!

 

The Secret to Making Delicious Homemade Popsicles Your Kids Will Love

You maybe thinking–How can you go wrong with making homemade popsicles? Well, these tips I will share with you below will help you make some delicious homemade popsicles your kids will love.  You won’t have to worry about the popsicles sticks not staying in the middle or it completely falling apart when you take them out.

Also, make sure you check out the delicious Peanut Butter Chocolate Popsicle recipe I share at the end of the post.

Okay, so there is actually more than one secret to making delicious homemade popsicles.

  1. When you don’t have a popsicle mold you can use anything or everything for a mold: disposable cups, ice cube trays, plastic cups or fun candy molds.
  2. To remove your popsicle from the container–Make sure you don’t do it when it’s just out of the freezer. You can let it sit for a minute or two depending on how hot it is outside or you can run it under hot water by turning the container over.
  3. Ingredients get creative! Around our house I sneak in veggies into pretty much everything.  It’s pretty rare for me to have my kids figure out that I snuck in a veggie. Usually they just eat away and ooh and ahh about how amazing it is and all the while I have a smirk on my face! Veggies that are great for sneaking in–spinach, carrots, cucumbers, kale, zucchini. Then I blend it and they have no idea. Also, use chocolate milk for a rich and creamy chocolate fudge pop. Just hop on over to your local HEB store and purchase Promised Land Milk. It’s a great choice because it’s higher in protein & calcium than ordinary milk. Milk is a staple in our house so it’s important to stock up on the right brand!
  4. No more lopsided popsicle sticks.  This is in the case that you’re not using a purchased mold. You fill your container with the liquid ingredients and then you cover it with foil or plastic wrap then you make a slit at the top through the middle and pop your stick through it. Now it will stay and you’ll end up with a popsicle stick that’s centered and not lopsided.
  5. Toppings! Yes, you can add toppings to your popsicles.  In order for them to stick you’ll need to use melted chocolate of some sort and then you can add dried fruits, chopped strawberries or nuts.
  6. Frozen ingredients expand. So you may not have realized this as I didn’t once upon a time when I placed a Sprite drink in a cup to freeze and the next day discovered it had spilled over. All ingredients expand during the freezing process. Leave at least 1/4 inches space at the top, so don’t fill it to the rim.

Now for a yummy popsicle recipe that will have your kids eating their veggies and begging for more.

Peanut Butter Fudge (Spinach) Popsicles

  • 1.5 cups Promised Land Dairy chocolate milk
  • Spinach handful
  • 2 tablespoons Peanut Butter

Optional toppings- melted chocolate & nuts

Place the first 3 ingredients in a blender and blend well. If you don’t use spinach you don’t need to blend it. but the secret to sneaking in veggies is shredding them so the kids won’t see it.
Place the mix inside your cups or popsicle molds.  Let it freeze overnight or for at least 6hrs until frozen. It all depends on the size of the popsicles and your freezer on how quickly it will freeze.

I love to hear the stories behind products that I buy so here is the story of Promised Land Dairy. It starts with their cows! The ubiquitous black and white, spotted Holstein cow produces 90% of the milk we drink in the United States. Less than 10% comes from unique Jersey cows (from the British Isle of Jersey – not New Jersey), like the ones at Promised Land Dairy. Not only are the Jerseys themselves extraordinary, but so is the milk that they produce. It’s richer, creamier, and naturally higher in protein and calcium than ordinary milk. And it can help make life anything but ordinary.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Borden Promised Land and WeAllGrow Latina Network. The opinions and text are all mine.

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