With all the different ways to beat the heat in Orlando this summer, sometimes the simplest ways are the best. In three to four hours time, just about any juice or yogurt can be turned into a Popsicle, and in some cases no popsicle mold is required.
This summer Trix yogurt has been including plastic Popsicle sticks in specially marked packages, so kids can insert the stick through the top of the lid (there is only one stick per six-pack) and place the yogurts in the freezer. If all that bright artificial coloring and sweeteners is a bit much, however, Yoplait has a line of low sugar yogurts (look for Dora the Explorer or her cousin Diego) that will work just as well with any Popsicle stick.
Support the local economy with popsicles made from Florida oranges. Pour ready-made orange juice (check the carton to make sure that your OJ is coming from the Sunshine State, like the Florida’s Natural brand), or use a juicer to make fresh juice with extra pulp. To recreate the orange creamsicle flavor that used to have kids racing after the ice cream truck, mix low-fat vanilla yogurt with the orange juice before pouring into the Popsicle molds.
Finally, if your kids have been enjoying fresh fruit smoothies this summer, freeze any of the unused smoothies for popsicles later on. Another option is to use the frozen chunks of smoothie mixture to create a slushier smoothie in your blender later on. Just crush the frozen chunks and add a little more milk to break it down.
The best thing about homemade popsicles is that they can be made with a minimum of artificial flavors and colorings, and have the same cooling effect as any other treat on a stick.