Popsicles for Pennies!

by Kim Tilley

You can make popsicles cheaply and deliciously out of all kinds of wonderful things. All you need are some popsicle molds and something sweet to put in them. Get the popsicle molds at garage sales (Tupperware popsicle molds are easy to find at these). Then fill your molds with any of the following and freeze:

  • Juice(any kind)
  • Leftover soda (that may have gone flat in a two liter bottle)
  • Kool-aid
  • Leftover yogurt (you can sweeten it with jelly or fruit if it's plain)
  • Pudding
  • Pureed fruit
  • Chocolate milk
  • Fruit Cocktail
  • Leftover Fruit Shakes
  • Whipped topping and fruit
  • Jello/Gelatin
  • Apple Sauce or Cranberry Sauce
  • Pie Filling (I would tone this down with yogurt)
  • Jam Jar Cleanout (from the "Tightwad Gazette") Get all of the jam out of that empty jar by putting some milk in it, putting the lid on and shaking. Pour the flavored milk into a popsicle mold.

Fun Ideas

  • Striped
  • Layer popsicles with diffent colored or flavored layers of pudding , yogurt, or jello.
  • Parfait Pops
  • Layer with whipped topping in between. Yummy!
  • Party Pops - Add sprinkles, chocolate chips, marshmallows, nuts or coconut to your popsicles. You can also make them wild colors with food coloring.
  • Rocky Road Pops - Mix together 1 package of chocolate pudding, 1/2 cup marshmallows, and 1/4 cup peanuts. Fill molds and freeze.
  • Pina Coladas - Whirl pineapple juice, coconut and banana in a blender, then fill molds and freeze. (You can also use the Pina Colada fruit shake recipe.
  • Dreamsicles - Mix 1-2 tsp. Tang and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract with milk. You can adjust to your taste. Fill molds and freeze.
  • Rocket Pops - Layer red, then white, then blue Kool-Aid, juice or Jell-O for festive popsicles, reminiscent of what the ice cream man used to sell. This is really easy if you just start off with white, split amount in three parts, and color one part red and one part blue. The kids won't notice it's all the same flavor.
  • Fizzy Lifting Pops - Mix club soda and gelatin to make bubbly Jell-O, then freeze in molds. You could also try mixing club soda and juice, then freeing. Jell-O sells a line of "Sparkling Jell-O" that captures the bubbles when you add the club soda. It's cool! Wait till it goes on sale for 25 cents a box, then stock up!
  • Chocolate Banana Crunch Pops - This is a family favorite. Get bananas when they are cheap. Melt some chocolate and a little paraffin wax (yes, the kind for canning, it's ok to eat-it's in every candy bar!) in the microwave (usually just 1-2 minutes will melt it). Dip bananas in chocolate and roll in chopped peanuts. Place on cookie sheet covered with waxed paper, and freeze. You can put a stick on the end if you want, we never do. They are wonderful and cheap!

Do you have a fun popsicle recipe or variation I didn't include? Please email me and I'll add it to the collection.

Kim Tilley is the mother of three boys, ages 9, 6 and 2. She is the online editor for a local tv station and the editor of Frugal Moms. She is also a tightwad at heart. Her interests include cooking, crafts, gardening, computers, and saving money! When not typing away at the computer, she entertains herself by chasing kids and finding ways to create something out of nothing!

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