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.
Cherry lime ice pops
Pick up some of those beautiful, deep red summer cherries next time you’re at the local farmers market and use them to make these sweet ice pops from Skinnytaste. The only other ingredients you need are water, sugar and lime juice.
Raspberry-rhubarb ice pops
Everyone always forgets about rhubarb when brainstorming for sweet and healthy ingredients. Technically a vegetable, rhubarb is often considered a fruit in the culinary world because of its unusually sweet taste. One mom got clever and combined it with raspberries to make some seriously awesome ice pops that even the kids liked.
Strawberry banana ice pops
Invented by a girl who was desperate to find a natural alternative for her boyfriend’s store-bought ice pop addiction, these strawberry banana ice pops not only offer some relief from the hot weather but also some vitamin C, potassium and calcium. You’ll need strawberries, yogurt, agave syrup and a banana.
Basil lemon yogurt ice pops
These basil lemon yogurt ice pops from a blog called “Cooking Easy” were just too weird to not include — and we mean weird in a good way, because they really do sound like they could be awesome. The recipe calls for fresh basil, powdered vanilla sugar, light cream cheese, Greek yogurt and some lemon zest. Sounds like an oddly refreshing combination, right?
Blackberry mojito ice pops
We’d like to personally hug the recipe creators over at White On Rice Couple for this one. Another icy treat for the 21+ crowd, these blackberry mojitos are a mix of blackberries, lime juice, rum, water, simple syrup, bitters and mint. There’s just no way anyone could resist these after being outside in the heat for more than five minutes.
Paletas de Piña y Arándano
For those of you not fluent in Spanish, these ice pops translate to — honestly, does it even matter when they look this good? They’re pineapple blueberry pops that use both pureed and whole blueberries to create some seriously beautiful color variations.