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The heat is on, and we’re all trying to find simple ways to stay cool. One of our favorite ways to keep cool while having some fun with our kids is to make homemade popsicles. Of course, that means we get to bring out our Zoonicorn approved Unicorn Silicone Pop Molds that we purchased at our local Williams-Sonoma to make our popsicles the coolest on the block.

Here are four of our favorite popsicle recipes that we know you and your kids are going to love.

Watermelon Popsicles

If youPopsicle1 love watermelons you are going to love this super easy recipe. You only need one ingredient, watermelons. Remove the rein and seeds, blend, fill up your pop molds, freeze, and in 3 to 4 hours or until frozen, devour. If you want to add something extra to these tasty delights, consider added these options: 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 tablespoons of lime juice or 1 tablespoon food-grade rosewater. Want to add a little sweetness? Add a handful of chocolate chips.Popsicle2

 

Funfetti Popsicles

Frosting and Fettuccine created a delicious popsicle using only two (yes, you read that correct) ingredients. Funfetti popsicles are made with 1 cup yogurt and 1/3 cup sprinkles. Mix the yogurt and sprinkles together, fill up your pop molds, and place in the freezer for about 5 hours or until frozen solid.

Loaf Pan Popsicles

If you don’t have popsicle molds, don’t fret. This Loaf Pan Popsicle recipe is perfect. This recipe calls for 2 cups whole fat vanilla yogurt and 2 freshly squeezed oranges.

  • In a blender mix the vanilla yogurt with the orange juice until frothy
  • Pour the mixture into the 8 x 4 x 2 1-inch loaf pan
  • Cover the with wax paper or tin foil and secure it with tape
  • Make small slivers on top of the paper, right in the middle about 1 inch apart, to put the Popsicle sticks in. The paper will help hold the Popsicle sticks upright and in place.
  • Freeze over night
  • Once the mixture is fully frozen it is ready to eat. Carefully wet the outside of the pan with hot water until the frozen mixture easily outs out of the pan. Put the entire solid block on top of a cutting board and cut with a knie making individual popsicles.

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Cake Batter Popsicles

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We’ll admit it, we love to lick cake batter off the spoon, so when we found the Cake Batter Popsicle recipe from Just Add Sprinkles, we had to try it (and we’re glad we did).

Here’s what you need:

  • 3 cups of vanilla ice cream
  • 3/4 cup yellow cake mix
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles (I used jimmies, nonpareils may turn your ice cream tie dye)

Combine ice cream, cake mix, vanilla extract, and milk in a blender and blend on medium speed until thoroughly combined and smooth. Pour mixture into a bowl and mix in sprinkles. Spoon mixture into popsicles molds and freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight. After 1 hour you can stick wood popsicles sticks in the molds if not using the holders that come with your popsicle molds.

When ready to serve, run lukewarm water over popsicles molds for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Let popsicles thaw for another minute or two before pulling from plastic molds.

No summer is complete without enjoying a hot afternoon with a delicious cool treat on a stick!  Do you have a favorite (and simple) popsicle recipe you want to share? Join the conversation; share photos and recipes of your favorite popsicles you’re enjoying this summer over on our Facebook page.