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Keep Your Kids Cool All Summer with Homemade Popsicles

A plate of green and red popsicles, a plate of orange popsicles, and several lavender popsicles.
Food with Feeling/A Cookie Named Desire/Broma Bakery

Nothing beats a frozen popsicle on a hot summer day. Here are some fun (and easy) recipes you can try when it’s sweltering outside. Your kids (and most adults) will thank you!

Popsicles are a wonderfully versatile snack. You can pull together virtually any combination of juice, fruit, pudding, and/or nut butter to create them. You can also add ingredients like graham cracker crumbs, granola, and chocolate chips for more texture and flavor.

Once you whip up your popsicle recipe, just pour everything into some molds (we’ve included our faves below, then freeze! They’re the perfect summer treat for kids and adults, alike.


Chocolate fudge popsicles on a blue plate.
Homemade in the Kitchen

These creamy chocolate goodies will remind you why they were your favorite summer treat as a kid. They do take a few minutes on the stove, but don’t let that deter you.

The rich chocolatey flavor you get from making the pudding from scratch totally pays off. You can still pull everything together in 15 minutes with minimal effort.

Get the Recipe: Homemade in the Kitchen

Pour your fudgesicles into these popular molds. They’re easy to clean and dishwasher safe.

Watermelon Popsicles

A large pile of pink watermelon popsicles
Cooking For My Soul

These fruit-based popsicles are the ultimate refreshing treat in hot weather. They’re also secretly healthy, but you don’t have to tell the kids.

You can make these with only four ingredients: watermelon, strawberries, lime juice, and honey. These taste just as good as (if not better than) the sugary ice pops you’ll find in stores, and they’re way better for you.

You can store these popsicles stacked in freezer bags after taking them out of their molds. Make a large batch at once and have popsicles all summer long.

Get the Recipe: Cooking for My Soul

Creamy Peach and Honey Popsicles

White popsicles with chunks of peaches in them.
Cookie + Kate

Nothin beats a fresh peach in the summer, and these popsicles make use of them in a delicious way. This unique recipe is an elevated version of the classic childhood treat. These are also perfect for any summer birthday party or cookout.

This recipe takes a little more prep time, but it’s totally worth it. Roasting the peaches reduces the water content and makes their flavor more concentrated. Add some honey and vanilla extract, and you’ve got a refreshing treat perfect for summer.

Get the Recipe: Cookie + Kate

Orange Creamsicle Popsicles

Orange popsicles on a marble counter.
A Cookie Named Desire

Who didn’t love orange creamsicles as a kid? Whether it was the cheapest dessert option in the grocery store or the only thing available, many kids grew up on these things.

Instead of being packed with processed sugar and unpronounceable ingredients, though, this recipe is made from a handful of healthy foods you probably already have at home.

Get the Recipe: A Cookie Named Desire

Pour them into these molds before freezing and bask in the nostalgia while you savor one (or two).

Honey Lavender Popsicles

Lavender popsicles on a black background
Broma Bakery

This grown-up flavor works wonderfully in a frozen ice pop. Plus, at just at 67 calories per treat, you can enjoy one (or three) without worrying about how much you’re eating.

The lavender flavor comes from dried lavender flowers, which can be found at some grocery stores or easily purchased online. The flavor is extracted by cooking the flowers with milk and honey before straining. Then, you just stir in the yogurt, pour it all into some molds, and freeze until firm.

Get the Recipe: Broma

Kiwi Watermelon Fruit Popsicles

Green and red popsicles surrounded by kiwis and watermelon.
Food with Feeling

These popsicles are full of fruity flavor and super refreshing in the summer. The real beauty of this recipe is it only contains two ingredients: kiwis and watermelon.

Both fruits contain a lot of water, which creates a creamy purée when blended. You might need to add a splash of coconut water if your mixture is too thick (or if you want to add a hint of coconut flavor to your treats).

Get the Recipe: Food with Feeling

Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles

Three strawberry cheesecake popsicles
Bigger Bolder Baking

Full of strawberries, graham cracker crumbs, and cheesecake flavor, these popsicles are indulgent and refreshing. Fresh strawberries work best, but you can also use frozen, as they’ll be puréed. Just be sure to thaw them first so you don’t end up with a sorbet mixture.

Get the Recipe: Bigger Bolder Baking

Because this mixture is a little stickier than others, it’s best to use a flexible mold, like these, that will allow you to peel them out after freezing in case any popsicles want to stick inside.

Hot Chocolate Popsicles

Hot chocolate popsicles with marshmallows on top
Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

If you’re craving hot chocolate in the summer, this popsicle recipe is the perfect compromise. It’s similar to the fudgesicles we included above, but requires less effort and fewer ingredients.

The figurative cherry on top with these babies is the sprinkle of mini marshmallows you add to the mixture. They add a fun texture and complete your frozen hot chocolate experience.

Get the Recipe: Dinner, Dishes, and Desserts

Blueberry Yogurt Swirl Popsicles

Six Blueberry swirl popsicles lying on top of scattered blueberries.
Sally’s Baking Addiction

Popsicles for breakfast? There’s no reason to say no with this recipe. These are made by combining yogurt, frozen blueberries, and honey in a food processor, then blending until smooth.

Feel free to mix and match your fruit and yogurt picks to find something that works best for your taste preferences. You can even sprinkle some granola on top of the mixture before freezing to create a satisfying breakfast with a crunch.

Get the Recipe: Sally’s Baking Addiction

If you’re adding granola, nuts, or seeds to your popsicles, these molds will give you more surface area for the toppings to stick without making your treats fall apart.

Popsicles are a fun, easy way to stay cool during the summer. Try any of these recipes when the kids (or you) are in the mood for a tasty, frosty snack. If you prefer something with a little more kick, check out these boozy popsicle recipes.

Anne Taylor Anne Taylor
Anne Taylor is a writer with a BA in Journalism and a passion for storytelling. Her work has been published on a variety of websites including Mental Floss and Well + Good, and she recently published her first novel, What it Takes to Lose. When she's not writing, Anne loves to travel (19 countries and counting), spend time outside, and play with her dog, Pepper. Read Full Bio »
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