No one wants to turn on an oven when it’s 80 degrees outside, and an ice-cold treat sounds a million times better than whatever sweet snack you had been indulging in during the winter months — which is why ice pops are the perfect refreshments in the summertime.
Not only are they incredibly easy to make, but with the infinite number of flavors and flavor combinations, you could spend the next three months creating these frozen-fruit treats and never make the same kind twice. Here’s a checklist of 10 incredible recipes to get you started.
White sangria poptail
The only thing better than ice-cold sangria on a hot and balmy day is sangria in actual ice form. These frozen “poptails” from Endless Simmer combine pureed nectarines and grapes with pinot grigio and triple sec. Whether you’re on the beach, enjoying the sun on the roof of your apartment or enjoying a backyard barbecue, these ice pops are guaranteed to hit the spot.
Honeydew mint ice pops
Don’t underestimate mint — it’s a great way to add just a little extra crispness to a cold drink or dessert. And it works wonders with honeydew in these ice pops from Hungry Girl Por Vida. They’re made with honeydew, mint, water, lime juice and sugar, but if you’re craving an “adult” version, throw a little vodka or herbal gin in the mix.
Watermelon ice pops
These ridiculously creative ice pops from Eat Yourself Skinny aren’t just adorable and delicious — they’re also low-calorie at only 78 calories a pop. Recipe creator Kelly used lime sherbet for the green “rind” and mini chocolate chips for the “seeds” — the red is just good old-fashioned watermelon pulp and sugar.
Avocado ice pops
Don’t knock it ’til you try it. These avocado ice pops from Andrew Chase’s “200 Best Ice Pop Recipes” use chopped ripe avocado, sweetened condensed milk, freshly squeezed lime juice, water, sugar and a pinch of salt to create a surprisingly yummy — and nutritious — summer snack.