A couple of weeks ago, we were visiting friends in southern Washington, and I was rough-housing with Zander and bonked his head on their coffee table. Hard. While I hugged and comforted him and fought back my own set of tears, my friend Jami went to the freezer without hesitation and pulled out a tiny little homemade popsicle made of frozen apple juice. Zander’s tears stopped almost instantaneously as he began licking this magical treat, and I thought to myself, why do I not have a set of popsicle molds???
After doing a bit of research and carefully reading reviews on Amazon, I ordered a set of Orka silicone popsicle molds. I am so glad that I did–they are fabulous! Easy to fill, easy to clean, and best of all, the popsicles come out perfectly every time–all you do is peel back the silicone mold, like peeling a banana! The little handles are designed to catch drips, too. They’re pretty much perfect.
We’ve been experimenting with a variety of flavor combinations, and so far, the winner is about a cup of unsweetened almond milk blended with a generous squirt of agave nectar (ironic, huh?) and about a cup and a half of frozen strawberries:
We usually fill them right after lunch, before Zander’s nap, and I promise him that he can have one for dessert that evening. They’re ready by the time he wakes up from his nap (about 3 hours), so sometimes he has one along with his afternoon snack, instead.
Other flavors we have made include dark cherry juice mixed (about 50/50) with water–major crowd pleaser:
Apple juice (this one remains a definite favorite):
Unsweetened almond milk, plain (sadly, this one was not very popular):
Odwalla Superfood green smoothie drink (this one was a winner:
And the list of options goes on and on. We’re going to try soy yogurt and cultured coconut milk combos next, possibly with little bits of shredded coconut mixed in for extra yumminess.
The possibilities are virtually limitless, and I’m so excited that we have finally started making our own popsicles. I feel like I’ve just been let in on a wonderful secret that all other mamas have been doing forever, so we need to experiment daily with flavor/texture combos in order to make up for lost time.
All Zander cares about is that he gets to help make and eat tasty treats. And my little secret is that these treats aren’t going to rot his teeth out of his head or put him into a sugar coma. Life is sweet, and everybody wins.