I've been making homemade popsicles since my oldest was about a year old. Even before we were plant based I was conscious of artificial ingredients, food coloring, high fructose corn syrup, and the overall unhealthy nature of pre-made and pre-packaged food. While healthier choices have certainly become more widely available I still prefer to make my own popsicles because it is so much more cost effective, I have control over the ingredients, and it is much more friendly to the environment by eliminating the single use plastics that are used in packaging.
Over the past decade or so I have tried out many popsicle molds. I got rid of our most recent popsicle mold during our move to Utah last spring because many of the reusable "sticks" had been lost by my children.
This time I decided to buy one that used wood popsicle sticks and I am so happy with it. This is not an affiliate link or sponsored post. I just love this product and want to share something that I think is helpful if you are trying to eat a plant-based diet as a family.
So, if you are looking to make your own popsicles I highly recommend this one from Amazon and I'm going to give you my top 5 reasons why.
These popsicles are the perfect size! So many of the molds that I have had have made such big popsicles. I love these for the kids and for myself...and as for my husband, well, he usually eats two!
I love that it is made from silicone rather than a hard metal or plastic exterior because it is so much easier to push the popsicles out and there is no need to wait for it to thaw in order to remove them from the mold. The silicone also makes it so much easier to clean (as well as the cleaning brush that it comes with).
It comes with a funnel to help eliminate messes while pouring.
It uses wood (disposable) popsicle sticks, which saves me the trouble of tracking down the reusable ones from the backyard or any other random place that my kids decided to set them when they were done.
This set also comes with plastic popsicle bags. Now I know I said that I am not a fan of one-time-use-plastics, and I'm not, but sometimes for a party it is nice to be able to make several of these ahead of time and have them readily available for the kids.
Now if you are reading this and thinking that making popsicles is just one more thing to do then let me ease your worries by sharing that my kids, even my six year old, are usually the ones who make the popsicles. I've taught them how to use the blender and given them a few very basic recipes (although they tend to take after me and make their own creations without the use of a recipe). I love that they can take action in making themselves and their friends a treat independent of my help. Here are a two most popular popsicle flavors:
4 Bananas, 2 cups oat milk, 1/4 cacao powder, 10 dates, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
Frozen mango, pineapple, strawberries, and soy milk to cover the frozen fruit in the blender.
With Olive's upcoming birthday party this week and the 4th of July, we've got some popsicle making to do and enjoy!