3 home-made, healthy and tasty popsicle ideas to refresh your child

Could anything be more fun in the summer than popsicles? And guess what, you don’t have to treat your child to the icecream vendor, you can prepare these in the comfort of your home! They’re tasty, healthy and so much safer.

Strawberry-watermelon-mango popsicles

Popsicles are very popular these days in India, this one is made from fresh fruits, without any added sugar or water. If the strawberries are sour, the natural sugars in the watermelon will take care of it. Mangoes and watermelons are available in abundance in summers, so I thought of making a popsicle using these fruits, the end product is so appealing that it’s a perfect treat for kids and their parents.

Ingredients

½ cup fresh watermelon juice
¼ cup fresh strawberry juice (strained)
¼ cup mango pulp (Alphonso mangoes)

Method
  1. Take a small piece of watermelon and remove seeds, use six ripe strawberries, chop roughly, blend both the fruits together them until you have a puree. Pour 2 or 3 tsp of the watermelon and strawberry puree into the bottom of the popsicle mould and freeze for 45 minutes.

  2. In the meanwhile use fresh alphonso mangoes to make puree, blend the puree into a smooth paste, pour 2 or 3 tsp of the mango puree on top of the strawberry and watermelon puree, freeze until set. This may take another 30-40 minutes.

  3. Remember not to use the stick of the popsicle mould to set the mango layer. Use only the cover.

  4. After the mango layer has set, pour the remaining watermelon and strawberry puree on the top layer of the mold. Use the stick to cover the mould and allow the popsicle to set.

  5. To remove the popsicles from the mould, fill a glass with warm water, dip the mould for 10 seconds and remove.

Orange-kiwi popsicles

I used Valencia oranges to make the popsicles but you can use the regular oranges. You may also add mint leaves instead of kiwi, which gives a refreshing flavour and taste.

Ingredients

Juice of 1 orange (Valencia orange)
1 kiwi peeled and sliced
2 tbsp sugar
Pinch of salt

Method
  1. Use the hand juicer to make orange juice, add 2 tbsp sugar and a pinch of salt. Give it a quick stir and keep aside.
  2. Fill the popsicle moulds with orange juice add two slices of kiwi in each. Freeze for 2 hours. 
  3. Follow same method for de-moulding.

Coffee-Chocolate Popsicles

Ingredients

1 cup full fat milk
2 tbsp instant coffee +1 tsp for coffee layer
2 tsp chocolate sauce or melted choco chips
¼ cup condensed milk

Method
  1. In a bowl mix ¾th amount of milk, 3 tbsp condensed milk, coffee, melted chocolate OR chocolate sauce and stir until coffee dissolves completely.
  2. Pour half of the popsicle moulds with the above mixture and freeze for 45 minutes.
  3. In a smaller bowl add the remaining milk, condensed milk and 1 tsp coffee, stir until coffee dissolves completely.
  4. Add this cold coffee mixture to the mould on top of the chocolate and coffee mixture. 
  5. Insert the popsicle stick and cover. Freeze until it sets.
  6. Follow same method to remove popsicles from mould.

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