Homemade Popsicles

recipes for homemade popsicles
Summertime and popsicles…

Growing up, my mother used to make pudding pops using a Tupperware popsicle mold. She’s a frugal gal, and this was her answer to the ice cream truck! Rather than giving us a quarter every time we heard the ice cream truck – we got a yummy pudding pop (aka frozen pudding!).

I think ice cream trucks are a thing of the past, but it’s summertime and kids still want popsicles. My teenage daughter has been on a popsicle kick lately, and instead of buying a $4 box of fruit popsicles, we decided to make our own.

My mom’s tupperware popsicle mold went to Goodwill long ago, so I had two choices:

  1. Use paper cups and popsicle sticks.
  2. Buy our own popsicle mold.

When we priced popsicle molds, we calculated that it wouldn’t take long to pay for itself. After all, we want to make this a summertime tradition! I love these because they have a built-in drip catcher…popsicles melt fast in South Florida!

What kind of homemade popsicles has she made?

Juice Pops – simply freeze your favorite juice, and stir in some pieces of fruit if desired.

Yogurt Pops – freeze your favorite yogurt or mix plain greek yogurt with fruit and stevia…just add a little milk so it’s pourable.

She hasn’t tried a pudding pop, but it’s next on the list!

By the way, here’s the original Jello Pudding Pop Recipe from the 1970’s!

Original Jello Pudding Pop Recipe

1 small package instant pudding – our favorite was chocolate or butterscotch
2 cups cold milk

Prepare pudding according to package directions.
Pour into popsicle molds.
Freeze until firm – about 4 hours.
Run under warm water for a few seconds to release the mold.

Now fast forward to 2013 and try your pudding pops with Cookies ‘n Cream Pudding!

Have you made popsicles this summer? Please leave a comment to share your favorite recipes for homemade popsicles.


  1. I finally gave in yesterday and I made the kids some OJ Popsicles for the 4th. They loved them.

  2. Pamela R says:

    We still get an ice-cream truck in our neighborhood–it always comes 10 minutes before dinner too!!
    and if it was only a quarter I’d be thrilled–the cheapest one is $2.50! =O
    SO we make our own too!
    We like frozen lemonade with sliced strawberries
    grape juice and a little vanilla yoguret

    going to try that orange recipe from the 70’s =D

    • Kristl says:

      I’m giving away my age by telling you that it was only a quarter when I was little!

  3. My son has been begging me to make some homemade Popsicles. He won some molds at school and has been dying to try them. I remember my mom used to make homemade popsicles as well when we were kids. My favorite was frozen OJ or Koolaide.

  4. Amber says:

    I have wanting to do this lately. My official Jello pudding pops are kind of small though.

  5. I always loved popsicles as a kid! You really can put just about anything in those, and they’ll be good, right;)

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