Looking for a fun way to enjoy more fresh fruits this summer? Homemade fruit popsicles are a simple way to serve fresh fruits, make a good-for-you snack, and get in a little kitchen crafting time, too!
Here’s how to make these simple Strawberry Slushy Pops, with a few of our best tricks for perfect popsicles every time!
Grab Your Ingredients. Mix-and-match any fresh fruits or fruit juice with a pack of frozen strawberries and you’ve got everything you need for make-your-own slushy pops.
- What we’re using: Frozen strawberries (with sugar, if possible), fruit juice (I used V8 Tropical), kiwis, mangos, and a passion fruit, if you please.
Start with Strawberries. Thawing the strawberries slightly and spooning them into a large bowl. You’ll need about a cup of strawberries (juice included) to make six popsicles.
- DIY Frozen Strawberries: Don’t want to buy frozen strawberries? Here’s how to use overripe fresh strawberries to make your own.
Add fruit juice. A high-sugar fruit juice is best for creating deliciously slushy popsicles at home. The sugar keeps the mixture from freezing rock-solid, and keeps the texture slightly softer. If you grabbed a juice without added sugar, feel free to stir in a tablespoon or two of sugar, honey, or maple syrup to sweeten your pops and keep them slushy as they freeze.
- Freezer Time: Pop this mixture into your freezer and freeze for 2-4 hours, stirring every half-hour or so until it’s very slushy.
Stir In Fresh Fruit. For added color and texture, stir your favorite fresh fruits into the slushy mixture. Tropical fruits are ideal for popsicles, they’re so naturally sweet, they already taste like dessert.
- Try This: Dice your fruit into small pieces for a confetti-like look in your final, frozen popsicles.
Time to Freeze. Pour your fruit-and-slushy mixture into small plastic party glasses. Place the cups in a muffin tin to keep them organized, and for ease of freezing.
- Stick ‘Em Up! Are your popsicle sticks always sliding to the side? Use this simple trick to make perfect popsicles every time! Slide a popsicle stick through the center of a kiwi slice. Gently place the kiwi slice on top of your slushy mixture and freeze. The kiwi will keep your popsicle stick in place, freezing it perfectly upright!
Once frozen, simply pull your popsicles from the cups and enjoy! These easy-to-make treats may be the most cool way to eat more fruit.
Strawberry Slushy Pops
Makes 6 Servings
1 cup frozen sliced strawberries (in sugar syrup)
1 ½ cups V8 Tropical (or another fruit juice)
1 mango, peeled and diced
2 kiwis, sliced
1 passion fruit, seeded (optional)
Special Equipment: Popscicle sticks, plastic drinking cups (4-5 ounce sized)
Thaw slices strawberries slightly and spoon into a large plastic bowl. Stir in fruit juice. Freeze for 2-4 hours, stirring every half-hour until mixture is very slushy.
Stir in diced mangos, half the kiwis, and the passion fruit seeds. Pour evenly between six 4-5 ounce party cups.
Press a popsicle stick through the center of a kiwi slice. Gently set the kiwi on top of the slushy in each cup, securing the popsicle stick into the center of each slushy. Freeze until firm. Remove slushy pops from cups and enjoy!
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