Growing up I spent many 4th of July holidays in the Poconos at overnight camp (some may refer to this as sleep away camp). The 4th of July holiday was always a special event with high expectations for the evening fireworks display. Just before the fireworks would begin I distinctly remember the distribution of ice pops. There was something very thrilling when opening the wrapper to unveil the red white and blue themed treat. Perhaps my joy was the result of limited sweets but I personally think Ice Pops aka popsicles are a summer staple. The simplicity of this treat has been revolutionized and I wanted to share some of my favorite homemade recipes. They’re quick and easy and provide a nice refreshing desert. Although I no longer experience the classic fire cracker ice pops of my camping days, there are boundless unique and original recipes.Ice pops are not so simple anymore, with innovative ingredients they have come a long way.
I hope this holiday brings back a special memory for you, if so please share!
Happy Independence Day!
Here is a new twist on a old thought. See below for a recipe on how ice pops have evolved along with some innovative molds!
Orange Banana Smoothie Pop
- 1 container greek yogurt
- .67 cup of thawed orange juice concentrate
- 2 large bananas
- Zest of 1 lime
- 1 tbsp. of fresh lime juice
- Puree one Greek yogurt, thawed orange juice concentrate, bananas, lime zest, and fresh lime juice in a blender.
- Pour into six 3-ounce molds. (We used mini baking tins with Popsicle sticks, but you can also substitute paper cups.) Freeze until smoothie pops are solid, about 4 hours.
- To release pops, dip molds into hot water until pops loosen and slide out. If using cups, peel away paper.