Easy homemade popsicles are the perfect summer treat to make at home! All you need are simple ingredients like frozen fruit and juice to make these frozen treats. No popsicle molds? No problem. Dixie cups and popsicle sticks do the trick! You’ll be enjoying an ice-cold popsicle by the pool in no time.
Why you’ll love these Homemade Popsicles:
- Easy Recipe – These homemade popsicles take just minutes to whip up! Anyone can make these. There’s no cooking or fruit puree required.
- Completely Customizable – I’ve given you three flavor ideas, but you can choose any fruits or combinations of fruits that you like!
- No-Bake Treat – This no-bake treat will become one of your favorite ways to beat the heat on a hot summer day.
- Healthier Treat – There’s nothing wrong with a store-bought popsicle or frozen treat, but it is nice to be able to avoid things like food dyes & high-fructose corn syrup by making your own popsicles at home.
As always, the full recipe with measurements & directions can be found at the bottom of this post.
- Frozen Fruit – Use store-bought frozen fruit or freeze any extra fresh fruit you’ve got – it’s a great way to use up that fruit in your fridge before it goes bad.
- Juice – I used limeade and lemonade to make the lemonade and limeade flavors in these popsicles, but you can also use any fruit juice that pairs with the fruit you’ve chosen. (And no, you cannot use plain lemon juice or lime juice in place of these – your popsicles will be so sour!)
- Cream of Coconut – I love the flavor and creaminess that this gives – I’ve used it in the Mango Limeade Popsicles and it is divine!
- Sweetener – If you want to keep these healthy homemade popsicles, you don’t have to use any added sugar since fruit is naturally sweet. However, using a little sweetened condensed milk (or cream of coconut) makes extra creamy popsicles! You could also use just a splash of agave, honey, or maple syrup instead.
- Other Fruit Pairing Ideas – Have fun with different combinations of your favorite fruits! Try something like pineapple lime, mango strawberry, or blueberry with grape juice. Watermelon would be delicious too – try it with strawberry or limeade!
- Dairy-free – Use cream of coconut in place of any sweetened condensed milk to make these dairy-free and vegan!
- Gluten-free – These are gluten-free as is.
How to Make these Homemade Fruit Popsicles Step-by-Step:
Step 1: Blend Popsicle Mixture. Add frozen fruit, juice, and any sweeteners if using to a high-powered bender and blend until smooth and creamy.
Step 2: Pour into Molds. Pour the blended fruit mixture into popsicle molds of your choice. You can use actual popsicle molds (see below) or paper or plastic cups. I like plastic dixie cups because they’re the easiest to pop the popsicles out of.
Step 3: Freeze! Place popsicles in the freezer and freeze completely. The hardest part of this recipe is just waiting for them to freeze, heh. Enjoy once frozen!
Serving + Storing this Recipe:
Popsicles will keep in the freezer for 1-2 months. Keep inside the molds, in a freezer bag to keep them fresh.
Expert Success Tips:
- Keep popsicle sticks in place – This is optional, but adding a lemon or lime slice (cut a slit & slide onto the popsicle stick) helps keep the stick from flopping around before the popsicles are set. The mixtures are thick enough to hold the popsicle stick freely, but it may get bumped around while you transport the pan to the freezer.
- Use a cookie sheet – Place all your cup molds on a cookie sheet, then fill the popsicles on the tray. This makes moving them to the freezer quick & easy. The pan also catches any spills!
- Blending Fruit – If you’re freezing fresh fruit yourself, try to cut up larger things like pineapple chunks or strawberries. These pieces will blend more easily than whole fruit.
- Fun Shapes – Grab some ice cube molds with novelty shapes from the dollar store and make your popsicles into fun shapes! This is an easy & fun way to get kids involved.
Yes, you absolutely can.
Run the end of the mold or cup under hot water for just a few seconds, then twist the popsicle by the stick, and squeeze the bottom of the cup. It’ll pop right out!
Use small paper cups (or plastic ones), muffin tins, ice cube molds, or actual popsicle molds. But there’s no reason to buy popsicle molds – my favorite popsicle molds are actually the dixie cups! It’s easier to release the popsicles from them. I used the 3 ounce cups. Your yield will be higher with muffin tins or ice cube trays, and less if you use actual popsicle molds.
Most craft stores, or even hardware stores or Target will have these. Any type of wooden sticks or skewers will work as well.
- Different Flavors – Try some of these different flavor combinations!
- Pineapple Limeade – (Frozen pineapple + limeade, or try all pineapple with frozen pineapple + pineapple juice)
- Strawberry Coconut (Frozen strawberries + cream of coconut)
- Blueberry Grape (Frozen blueberries + grape juice)
- Watermelon Limeade (Frozen watermelon + limeade)
- Strawberry Orange (Frozen strawberries + orange juice)
- Mango Strawberry (Frozen strawberries + mango juice or nectar)
- Grown-up Popsicles – Remove 1/2 cup of juice and replace with alcohol of your choice to make boozy popsicles – adults only! 🙂
- Blender – Using a high-powdered blender here will ensure that everything blends together fully. (Affiliate link)
More No-Bake Treats to Love:
- No-Bake Nutella Tart
- Black Forest Icebox Cake
- Black Forest Pie
- S’mores Pie
- Banana Rum Dulce de Leche Icebox Cake
- No Churn Black Forest Ice Cream
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Homemade Popsicles (3 Ways!)
- 12 dixie cups per flavor
- 12 popsicle sticks per flavor
Mango Limeade Popsicles
- 2 cups limeade
- 4 and 1/2 cups frozen mango chunks 520 grams
- 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk optional, but adds creaminess and a hint of sweetness
Blueberry Lemonade Popsicles
- 2 and 1/4 cups lemonade
- 4 and 1/2 cups frozen blueberries 530 grams
- 3 tbsp sweetened condensed milk Optional, but adds creaminess and a hint of sweetness
Cherry Limeade Popsicles
- 2 cups limeade
- 4 and 1/2 cups frozen dark sweet cherries 472 grams
- 1/2 cup cream of coconut Optional, but adds creaminess and a hint of sweetness. Pairs perfectly with cherry & lime!
- some lemon and/or lime slices, for holding popsicle sticks in place
- Blend Popsicles: Add ingredients for your flavor of choice to a high-powered blender, and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Freeze: Place 12 dixie cups on a cookie sheet, and divide mixture between the cups. Cut a slit in the citrus slices, if using, and slide onto popsicle sticks to cap off your popsicle and keep the stick in place. Freeze until solid.
- Serve & Store: Enjoy popsicles once frozen. To un-mold, run the end of the mold or dixie cup under hot water for a few seconds to loosen. Gently pull and twist on the stick to release – squeezing the bottom of the cup helps too.