Cool Off with Healthy Homemade Popsicles This Summer

Zoku Quick Pop Maker from Williams Sonoma

Everyone thinks of making their own popsicles once San Francisco summer comes around, but who has the patience to wait for them to freeze?  Definitely not a group of restless kids in need of a cool treat!  Local gourmet retailer Williams-Sonoma offers a nifty solution with Zoku Quick Pop Maker, a popsicle mold that can make ice pops in just 7 minutes!  Freeze three pops at a time in the cast-aluminum mold and make up to nine in just minutes. A special tool helps release the treats from the mold and the durable plastic sticks are designed to keep the popsicle secure in eager hands, not in the tray or on the floor.

Let the kids play chef and create their own recipe for the perfect ice pop. Pick up some seasonal fruit at a local farmers market and let the kids choose what liquids, herbs, and other accents (chocolate chips, anyone?) to add to their healthy fruit popsicle.  Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing, pun intended!
  • Orange-you Strawberry? – Sliced strawberries mixed with orange juice
  • Watermelon “Mojito” – Watermelon, lime juice and mint pureed with a touch of brown sugar
  • Elvis’ Sandwich – Ripe bananas and peanut butter pureed with milk
  • Peaches n’ Cream – Chopped peaches mixed with plain or vanilla yogurt
  • Coco Melon – Cantaloupe and basil pureed with coconut water
These recipes happen to be adult-friendly too!  If you need more inspiration, check out Williams-Sonoma cookbook Ice Pops, which features 40 cool recipes.  No matter what flavors your choose, have fun and enjoy your popsicles in just minutes while getting a serving of fresh fruit!
-Sarah K. Choi