Home made popsicles and….how to enhance your kids intake of vitamins and make them happy.

I recently started to make home made popsicles as a “fun activity” with my kids and soon realized that not only I had achieved on the fun but also increased the intake of vitamins for them as their popsicles are made in essence from fresh fruit juice.

The all thing started when I was out for shopping and I found a popsicle making kit for home users and thought of bringing some fun to the weekend as my kids where having some of their friends at home.

As per any other new activity, I normally see references online and I was surprised to notice that most of the sites I had visited showed how to make “proper” popsicles but also included in the recipe large amounts of sugar and other ingredients such as corn syrup.
This alone to my opinion was a bit of a bummer as I am teaching my kids to try and avoid sugar whenever possible so we all sat down and discuss the matter, finally we decided to substitute sugar with fresh home made honey and everyone was happy with it.

The home making is a great activity for the kids because they get together and they can have fun, we found out that most of them agreed for our trial to go for orange, lemon and watermelon. All three are quite easy to source and very refreshing once ready. The activity included a trip to the local market, showing the kids how to search for the best fruit shops, and of course bargain in prices without compromising quality.

Once back home there was a great deal of washing and peeling, and another learning curve on how to safely peel the fruits skin using a “sharp enough” knife.

Here is a quick how to make

"As written by the kids"

What you need

  • Fresh fruits (in our case oranges, lemons , watermelon)
  • Popsicle Mold
  • Fruit juice presser
  • Fruit processor
  • Fresh Honey

How you do it

  • Wash fruits
  • Peel
  • Cut in small pieces, (watermelon)
  • Remove seeds, (watermelon)
  • Combine ingredients in a processor (watermelon)
  • Squeeze juice using a presser, (orange and lemon)
  • Add warm water
  • Mix fruit / juice and honey with the processor
  • Fill the popsicle mold
  • Freeze for 6 / 8 hours

In the weeks following this event we have now started to make popsicles regularly, we have tried as many different fruits as we can, to our surprise, orange and lemon remain everyone’s favorite.

There you have it, the results are great, incredible taste and lots of fun.

Do you have a secret ingredient?, or do you prefer your popsicles made with yogurt and other creamy ingredients?

Let me know in the comments below.

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about the author

Apart for being a busy IT executive, Tito has a passion for cooking for friends and family and is a first class wines connoisseur.