7 Homemade Popsicles That Are Way Better than the Ones from the Ice Cream Truck
It wouldn’t be summer without a whole host of frozen treats — ice pops foremost among them. Anyone can enjoy a sugary, drippy treat from the ice cream truck, but we’re here to challenge you to make one of these frosty treats at home.
From chocolate ombré pops to a mango-coconut confection, these don’t take a lot of equipment — you can even make them without popsicle molds. Plus, you can do something that most ice cream trucks can’t: Add your favorite wine or spirit for a refreshingly boozy treat.
For anyone that grew up gravitating toward the orange ice pops in the box of rainbow flavors, this is the more sophisticated version. The addition of brewed black tea gives it an herbal richness, and the orange slices frozen inside make it like an ice-age excavation.
When it’s too hot to turn on the oven but you’re craving a key lime pie, this is the no-brainer answer. The creamy lime pops are coated in a graham cracker crumble that makes them impossible to resist.
The good news about these creamy ice pops is that they are completely vegan, thanks to the coconut milk. Even better, they are a breeze to prepare. If you can boil water, you can make a batch of these pops in no time.
Your favorite vintage is just what your ice pops have been missing all your life. We know wine and fruit go well together (hello, sangria!), and this might be the coolest way to pair them. Once you’ve made this version, feel free to riff with other varietals and fruits.
We guarantee you won’t be able to get these from the ice cream truck. There’s nothing quite as refreshing as an ice pop on a hot day, and these cocktail-inspired ones avoid being cloyingly sweet, thanks to the addition of the bitter Campari liqueur.
Okay, to be fair, these pops do take a bit of work and timing, but we promise they are completely worth it — especially if you pull them out at the end of a dinner party or in the middle of an afternoon playdate. Your guests won’t believe that you made them yourself.
If you’re more of a beer drinker, you’ll definitely want to try your hand at making these beer ice pops. You don’t even need fancy Popsicle molds; they can be made directly in the beer can (which you’ll later cut off) or in a red solo cup, for nostalgia’s sake. And the only additional ingredients you’ll need are a little agave syrup and lime juice.