I made some simple popsicles for Penelope’s end-of-the-school-year party earlier this month. They such were a hit with most of the kids that I was glad I made such a big batch.
I have found that forming popsicles in an ice cube tray is the perfect size for toddlers. If I give Penelope a larger sized popiscle, she will eat half of it and then decide she is done. I guess you could just refreeze it, but that is kind of gross, so I end up just pitching it. If you go with the ice cube size, they finish it and nothing goes to waste.
These are the kind of molds I have. I think I got them at Bed Bath and Beyond. I am not even sure if they are BPA free, but if you are only freezing with them it won’t leach into your food.
Since I like the ice cube tray the best, I am going go ahead and buy this stainless steel ice cube tray, just to be on the neurotic, safe side.
If you use an ice cube tray, I used lollipop sticks that you can get at any craft store.
I wanted to try and make a popsicle that matched the color scheme of the party. The green came out great, but the blue came out kind of brown from the bananas.
To get a cool layered look, you pour in one color first and let it freeze, then pour in the next color and let it freeze. Put in the last layer and then put the stick in for the final freeze.
I love this recipe that I came up with last summer, but this time I did a combo of a kale-pineapple-banana layer and a blueberry-banana layer. The blueberry-banana was not as sweet as I hoped, so next time I would add some pineapple to that as well.
For the kale-pineapple-banana, I used 2 cups kale, one whole pineapple and two bananas.
For the blueberry-banana, I used 2 cups blueberries, 1 cup water and about 4 bananas.
Hope your kids like them as much as Penelope and her friends did! For more inspiration for popsicles, I like this book, but I would never put tofu in a popsicle for anyone (soy is not good for you) like is suggested in the book.