Creamy Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles
Popsicles are a great way to beat the heat this summer. They’re a fun and easy snack for kids to prepare that doesn’t heat up the kitchen or make a lot of mess. Try these Creamy Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles for a fun take on some favorite summer flavors.
With the hotter temps, I have been wanting to make popsicles for afternoon snacking. I’ve been telling the kids that I would since last summer, and for some reason I never made it happen last year.
I was determined to stay true to my word this year, and when thinking about what recipe to make I was reminded of these Creamy Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles.
I’m also hoping to get a few more popsicle experiments in before school starts so that we can test out some new recipes. But, for now a tried and true favorite seems like a good place to start. Plus, it is always fun to snap a few new photos of a recipe that has been on the blog for a while.
Creamy Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles were one of our favorite recipes to make a few years back. I love how they are fruity but they’re a soft and creamy popsicle, rather than icy. It makes it feel a little bit more like a dessert than just a snack!
Our town puts on a firework show on July 3 (some of you might remember that Kevin and I got engaged during the firework show 2 years ago!). We’re having friends over tonight for a BBQ, and I’ll be serving Creamy Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles for the kids for dessert.
Also on the menu: Smoked Ribs, Potato Salad, Watermelon Lemonade, and Grilled Brussels Sprouts.
After dinner and dessert, we’ll be heading over to the golf course to watch the firework show with our friends.
Tips for Storing Homemade Popsicles
We like to have a few flavor options stashed in the freezer to choose from. By removing the popsicles from the popsicle mold it frees up the Reusable Popsicle Mold so we can make another flavor before the ones we just made are all gone.
How do you store homemade popsicles? It is easier than you might think!
1. Prepare your popsicles according to the recipe instructions.
2. Remove the popsicles from the mold, if you are using one. It helps to run warm water along the outside of the mold to dislodge any stubborn popsicles from the container. Just don’t use too hot of water or do this for too long because you don’t want to risk melting the popsicles too much.
3. The popsicles might be slightly softened after removing, especially if you had to run warm water on the outsides of the mold.
To remedy this, place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet or other freezer-safe flat surface. Re-freeze the popsicles for 5-15 minutes, until they are completely hard again.
Otherwise you might end up with a bunch of popsicles all stuck together inside your bag.
4. Remove the popsicles from the freezer safe sheet and place them in a freezer zip top bag that has been labeled with the flavor and the date. Store for up to a month, if they last that long!
Who am I kidding, they’ll probably last about a day in my house with all 4 kids around during the summer.
Try this quick tip from Jessica for removing air from storage bags to prevent freezer burn.
Note: For popsicles made in dixie cups, just stash the popsicles in the dixie cup in a labeled freezer zip top bag. Then remove the cup before eating.
(Updated from the archives, originally published Aug. 6, 2012. Original post and photos follow. No changes to the recipe for these Creamy Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles)
Popsicles have been our dessert this summer. The month of July has had us experimenting with new recipes every other day.
The favorite so far have been these Creamy Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles. It is easy to see why. We have always been a big fans of Strawberry Lemonade. We love creamy yogurt and vanilla flavors. Combine those all together in one popsicle and you have a winner for sure!
I love my new Reusable Popsicle Mold because it is super cute and of course reusable. If you don’t have a popsicle mold, no worries. Just take a dixie cup, fill it 3/4 of the way full with the popsicle mixture, cover the top with foil, and insert a stick in the middle.
What I love most about making popsicles for dessert is there is minimal clean-up and no oven to preheat.
Because my kids are often impatient about waiting for dessert to be ready, popsicles are ideal because I can easily make them plenty in advance and they won’t get dried out like our favorite Simplest Homemade Fudgy Brownies.
More Popsicles for Summer
Popsicles are a great way to beat the heat this summer! Looking for more fun popsicle recipes besides these Creamy Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles to make this summer? Check out some of these delicious recipes, or browse the recipe index archives:
Fruit Punch Popsicles with Coconut Water are light and refreshing. I love the extra punch (no pun intended) of nutrition thanks to the coconut water. They’re great for summer hyrdration!
Blueberry Smoothie Pops are a fun and different way to enjoy a smoothie. These are perfect if you’re looking for a snack that fits in the healthier category.
For an incredibly delectable treat, try these Mint Chocolate Cheesecake Popsicles if you’re a fan of mint, chocolate, and cheesecake flavors. These remind me of thin mint cookies in popsicle form.
Pomegranate, Raspberry, and Nectarine Popsicles are another option when you’re craving something like, fruity and fresh. I like all of the fruits in this one because it gives the popsicles such a juicy flavor.
For a chocolate covered popsicle, try these Chocolate Covered Blood Orange Popsicles. You’re just prepping a quick, homemade magic shell to cover already prepared (or store bought) popsicles with. Homemade magic shell is so easy and tasty, plus it really dresses up a simple popsicle.
These Creamy Dairy-Free Berry Banana Pops are great for incorporating fruits into snacking and they give you the option of staying away from dairy if you’re sensitive to that.
What is your favorite summer dessert?
Creamy Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles
Yield: 10 -12 popsicles
Prep Time: 10 - 15 minutes
Total Time: 4 - 6 hours, including freeze time
Popsicles are a great way to beat the heat this summer. They're a fun and easy snack for kids to prepare that doesn't heat up the kitchen or make a lot of mess. Try these Creamy Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles for a fun take on some favorite summer flavors.
- 12 oz Fresh or Frozen Strawberries
- zest of 1 extra large Lemon
- juice of 1 extra large Lemon
- 1/3 cup Granulated Sugar
- 6 oz Cream Cheese
- 6 ounces Vanilla or Plain Greek Yogurt
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- Powdered Sugar, if needed, for adjusting sweetness to your preference
In a saucepan, combine the strawberries, lemon juice, lemon zest and organic cane sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring periodically, for about 5 - 10 minutes, or until they are soft and the juices are bubbling.
Pour the strawberry mixture into a powerful blender, such as a Blendtec Blender, and puree until very smooth. I ran the “whole juice” pre-programmed functioin on my blender.
Add the remaining ingredients: cream cheese, Greek yogurt, and vanilla extract. Puree until smooth. Taste and add powdered sugar if needed to adjust sweetness. If the sweetness is to your preference, then omit any extra.
Pour the mixture into the popsicle molds. Place popsicle sticks in the center and freeze, 4 - 6 hours, or until the mixture is frozen solid. Some popsicle molds might take longer than others depending on the shape, size and thickness of the popsicles.