Fall is right around the corner, and school has already begun, but that doesn't mean we should count out the popsicle. The weather is still nice and warm, and licking on a sweet, and healthy popsicle (like one of these Strawberry Apple Popsicles) can still be a refreshing after-school snack.
The best part is that popsicles are super easy to make at home, and you don't have to worry about all the processed sugars or sugar substitutes like High Fructose Corn Sugar or Aspartame that can be found in some of the store bought variety. All you have to do is be creative and experiment with different combinations of fruits, vegetables, milk, juices etc. Anything goes really.
So- when I received this amazing stainless steel, non-toxic Onyx Ice Pop Mold, I was ready to get started on making some popsicle treats. I love that they are made of stainless steel, and quite easy to clean. You can wash them with warm water and a brush, or just pop them in the dishwasher. Once your pops are ready, just run them under water for a few seconds and slide them out. That easy. Also, the popsicle sticks I received are not reusable, but they can be composted. The company, however, does offer a bamboo reusable option.
Worried your little one will get their lip or tongue stuck on the steel? My almost 2 year old has not encountered that problem. I don't fill the molds right to the top, and by the time I have ran the popsicle mold underwater to remove it, the steel plate at the bottom is not that cold. Personally, I don't see any problems. Perhaps, the first few times, just supervise your child a little more closely.
The one thing that would make these popsicle molds stand out would be if they were plastic-free. The popsicle mold base is coated with some form of plastic and the hole to place the stick through is plastic as well. However, this is much better than a plastic popsicle mold that could potentially leach out chemicals into the popsicles.
Who is up for popsicle making? Head over to Green Planet Parties and get your hands on these awesome molds. You won't regret it!
Now on to the popsicles. What is your favorite combination? Do you put anything in yours that is normally not a popsicle ingredient?
Berry Apple Pops
- 1 cup of fresh apple juice
- 2 cups of frozen strawberries or any berry
- 1 tbsp of lemon juice
- Blend all the ingredients in a blender, and pour into the popsicle molds. Place the molds in the freezer.