Oprah Got Really into Homemade Popsicles This Summer (and We Want to Try Them All)

updated Feb 24, 2021
We independently select these products—if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission. All prices were accurate at the time of publishing.
Oprah Winfrey
Credit: Ben Gabbe/Stringer/Getty Images

“We started a thing this summer with popsicles,” Oprah explains offhand in the latest Instagram post from O Magazine, in the same casual tone of voice the rest of us might use to tell a friend we’ve begun placing our scallions in our windowsills or that we got another houseplant. “Now it has become… a thing.” But she’s really underselling it in the video filmed by her friend Gayle King. What she has on her hands is an entire — fully framed — Popsicle menu listing the 15 flavors that are neatly filed away in the top section of her freezer drawer. 

Oprah admits that she was the one who started it, holding up a deep-red Popsicle labeled “The Blood.” The name, she explains, comes from the fact that it’s made of Welch’s grape juice, the very same thing that she drank in communion as a kid in church (“The Black church, y’all”), representing the blood of Christ.

But now her homemade operation has gone big time, with the menu completely laid out like it might be in a trendy ice cream shop, using Lucida Calligraphy font and with new flavors marked with a double asterisk and those they are almost out of marked with a single asterisk. Oprah lists off the flavors at “The Promised Land Popsicle Shop,” including cantaloupe passion ginger, coconut lime, and dreamsicle. “Remember the dreamsicle truck?” she pauses to ask Gayle. Then continues with mango passion lime, nectarine raspberry, peach and white grape, pineapple ginger lemonade, pineapple mint, plum and grape, spiked peach — that means there’s tequila involved, she notes, before continuing. There are three strawberry options — lemonade, banana, and watermelon — and then a white grape with yuzu lemonade and, of course, The Blood.

It’s a pretty impressive collection, but she explains exactly why it’s there at the end of the video: “This is what happens when you can’t afford the popsicle truck, and you grow up.”

Be Like Oprah and Make Your Own Popsicles