While there seems to be an observance or dedicated day for almost everything, this is one you’ll want to celebrate! National Freezer Pop Day is coming up on July 8th and is the perfect excuse to have a little frozen fun in the kitchen! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite freezer pop recipes to give you a little inspiration on this special day.
The History of Freezer Pops
Whether you call them freeze pops, icees, or otter pops, these sweet treats are a childhood favorite to stay cool during the hot summer months. Cousin to the popsicle, freezer pops are served sans stick, typically in a plastic tube. The first brand to introduce the concept of freezer pops to the United States was Pop-Ice, which was acquired by Jel Sert in 1963. In 1969, Jel Sert launched its own brand of freezer pops called Fla-Vor-Ice, which quickly gained popularity and became the company’s best-selling brand. Otter Pops were created in the 1970s and dominated west coast markets. Jel Sert later acquired the Otter Pop company to become the largest freezer pop distributor in the world.
What You’ll Need
While store-bought pop can be yummy, making them at home is easier than ever. You’ll be able to create custom flavors, knowing exactly what is going into each batch. Amazon carries a variety of disposable freezer pop tubes, as well as reusable options for a more economical and environmentally-friendly choice. Other than that, all you’ll need are your ingredients and some space in your freezer for your homemade freezer pops.
A Few of Our Favorites…
Berry Smoothie Ice Pops
This yummy recipe from the Cookin’ Canuck involves a mixture of berries, skim milk, Greek yogurt, agave nectar or honey, and two cups of your preferred berries. Blend until smooth and serve after freezing for at least four hours.
Cherry-Strawberry Ice Pops
This take on the freezer pop combines kid favorites: cherry and strawberry. For this classic combo, combine frozen strawberries, frozen cherries, water, and honey or maple syrup to sweeten.
Strawberry Pineapple Freezer Pops
This tropical twist on the freezer pop adds pineapple for a refreshing and vibrant flavor. This recipe calls for strawberries, pineapples, coconut water, and maple syrup for a touch of sweetness.
Sugar Kiss Melon Freezer Pops
These simple one-ingredient pops are easy to make and contain no added sugar! All that is required for these scrumptious pops is some finely pureed sugar kiss melon. Blend until smooth then freeze for a tasty and healthy treat!
What freezer pop concoctions can you come up with? Let us know on Facebook or in the comments below!