As soon as I came across popsicles with real fruit in them I knew I had to make some myself. I tried an assortment of mixed fruits and I absolutely adored the finished product. The homemade fruit popsicle is so unique looking, but I also love the fruity flavor and the fact that it has a serving of real fruit inside.
To make your own fruit popsicles like mine, you’ll find that there aren’t too many rules, just a lot of great ideas to try out and experiment with. Here are some of my favorites along with a few tips so you can make your own easy fruit popsicles.
Using this fruit popsicle recipe you will make refreshing and flavorful fruit popsicles.
We try to beat the heat every summer with delicious homemade fruit popsicles. I don't know about you but I feel better when I know that my son is eating something that it is healthy and filled with fruit.
You can make these fruit popsicles in so many different ways. I love the flexibility of this popsicle recipe. You will too.
Assorted Fruit Combos to Try
The Tropical Fruit Popsicle Combo
Take the best of your favorite tropical fruit mix for an island-inspired frozen treat! Whatever you do, you must include pineapple. The chunks work best, but the slices are kind of fun, too as you could imagine.
My favorite combo of tropical flavors for this fruit popsicle is pineapple, kiwi, mango and coconut. You can shave the coconut to dust it over all the fruit, or even freeze it all in refreshing coconut milk.
The Very Berry Combo
One of the best mixed fruit flavor combos around is mixed berry. You can fill your popsicle molds with mixed batches of strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, and blackberry. You can even make each pop a separate berry flavor.
The Fruit Punch Combo
For a burst of flavor varieties, make a fruity concoction of apple, cherry, orange and grape. To make the most of larger fruits like orange and apple, cut small wedges into segments of three so they will mix well with the smaller fruit.
The Vitamin C Combo
Orange, cherry, strawberry, lime and lemon make a terrific batch of fruit that is very high in vitamin c. If you're looking for an immunity boost and a lot of flavor, make this potent blend of vitamin enriched flavors.
The Lemonade Combo
One of my favorite ways to mix whole fruit in with my popsicles is to blend in popular lemonade flavors. I start with cherry, raspberry, or strawberry, and add a basil or mint infused lemonade to hold it all together.
Make an Adult Version with Alcohol Soaked Fruit Popsicles Recipe
Popsicles are enjoyable for everyone, but sometimes as an adult you like the option of making your popsicle a little extra intoxicating.
The great thing about these fruit popsicles is that they can easily be made into an adult treat simply by soaking the fruit in your alcohol of choice before you freeze it all together. Don’t put the alcohol in the liquid or it will only turn slushy.
In order to make it work as a pop, the liquor must infuse with the fruit itself. Some of the best options are vodka, rum, and tequila. Malibu rum is an especially good choice for tropical popsicles.
To get alcohol into the fruit will only take a couple of hours. You don’t need to let it sit any longer than that unless you aim to also infuse the fruit flavor into the liquor. If you want to do that it can take weeks to infuse.
If you choose to use the liquor infused fruit and drink the flavored liquor, you should pair the two carefully. Vodka is the safest bet, but you can come up with some winning combinations for other flavored liquors as a side project to this recipe.
How do I pick ripe berries
If you are looking for the freshest and sweetest berries this season has to offer, I have a tip for you. No matter if you are picking up your berries at your local grocery store or at your local berry farm this tip will help you get the best taste.
When choosing a berry look for a firm and brightly colored berry. You want a deep color. Soft places on your berries tends to be overripening or bruises try to avoid those.
Also, if you are purchasing from the grocery store check your package closely for mold before purchasing. Using this method you are more likely to get a fresh and sweet tasting berry.
How to Make Popsicles with Whole Fruit
It seems rather simple, but making fruit popsicles with whole fruit inside does take a bit of trickery. The first tip I want you to know is that the fruit itself doesn’t have to be fresh.
You can use frozen fruit as well, especially out of season. You can also use canned fruit. It’s the easiest way to use ingredients like pineapple.
Another important tip to keep in mind as you prepare this fruit popsicle recipe is not to pack the fruit too tight. This can be an impulse for you that you will have to refrain from.
Packing in the fruit yields poor freezing results because it doesn’t give your liquid enough room to mix in and combine everything. The liquid is what makes the pop work, so you need to keep plenty of gaps open throughout the popsicle molds.
What to Freeze your Fruit Popsicle In
The liquid you use should be some sort of fruit juice. The more transparent the better. It’s not the easiest thing to find clear juice, so you may opt for an alternative like some sugar water, or water with some honey mixed into it.
Other flavored waters may also be good. Even sparkling water. As I mentioned above, I also enjoy using coconut milk or water as a natural solution that also carries a good amount of flavor and will still make delicious homemade fruit popsicles.
Apple or grape juice are also good choices to work with. The liquid you use is an opportunity for you to control the nutrition value of the popsicle. The goal of a popsicle is rarely to be healthy, even if it is made with real fruit.
However, you can determine how healthy or unhealthy it actually is by monitoring the sugar level. You can choose sugar free alternatives or even make your own fruit juice at home for true 100% real fruit juice.
How to Choose the Best Popsicle Mold for Homemade Fruit Popsicles
The mold is really the unsung hero of every popsicle. A mold can either make or break a homemade fruit popsicle. Especially one that so ambitiously incorporates real mixed fruit.
I really like this Popsicle Mold on Amazon, which I used in this fruit popsicle recipe as you can see in the photos.
I found that it worked out really well and I recommend it for this and future popsicle uses. It’s just big enough to handle the load and it comes with a handy funnel for pouring in your juice without making a huge mess.
It also comes with a pretty handy cleaning brush which makes it easier to get the mold ready for my next elaborate popsicle recipe.
Ingredients for Fruit Popsicles
- 2 cups fresh chopped fruit (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, kiwi, melon)
- 3 cups clear juice (white grapefruit, apple, white grape)
How to Make Fruit Popsicles
Step 1. Carefully place fresh fruit inside popsicle mold, making sure to place some fruit directly against the sides of the mold.
Step 2. Pour clear juice over the fruit to fill the mold and place sticks according to your mold directions.
Step 3. Refrigerate at least 5 hours or overnight.
Step 4. Carefully remove the popsicles from the mold and serve.
Get ready to beat the heat with these fruit filled popsicles. These fruit popsicles are sweet but healthy. I love biting into the frozen fruit and getting that burst of season fresh flavor.
I always use whatever fruit is the freshest to make my fruit popsicles. Be sure to leave me a comment with the flavors that you come up with. I can't wait to see how you make this fruit popsicle recipe your own.
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How to Make Fruit Popsicles for Adults or Kids
- Silicone or plastic popsicle mold
- 2 cups fresh chopped fruit (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, kiwi or melon)
- 3 cups clear juice (white grapefruit, apple, white grape)
- Carefully place fresh fruit inside popsicle mold, making sure to place some fruit directly against the sides of the mold.
- Pour clear juice over the fruit to fill the mold and place sticks according to your mold directions.
- Refrigerate atleast 5 hours or overnight.
- Carefully remove the popsicles from the mold and serve.