The most sizzling summer day doesn't stand a chance against the refreshing chill of an ice pop. Learn how to make the best ones at home.

Frozen Ice Pops with Fruit
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From the first lick to the last, this frozen refreshment on a stick simultaneously cools you off, quenches your thirst, and looks darn cute while it's at it. And, unlike a drink in a glass, an ice pop can go anywhere you want to take it without spilling. In fact, your only challenge is to finish it off before it melts. To help you make your own homemade ice pops, here are helpful how-to tips plus some of our most popular recipes to try.

Fruit-Packed Pops

Juice pops with fruit frozen in the mix are about the prettiest pops in town. Cool tip: If you're adding just a few pieces of fruit to each pop, wait to stir it in until the juice is frozen to a soft slush so the fruit doesn't just sink to the bottom. If you're packing the mold full of fruit, just pour the juice in afterwards and freeze.

Layers and Swirls

close up of homemade S'mores Popsicles
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Try this recipe: S'mores Popsicles®

Pops with multiple flavors all on one stick are a great way to double or triple the fun, and they're eye-catching to boot. Here's how to do it so the layers don't all mush together:

  • Juice pops: Let one layer freeze solid before adding the next.
  • Yogurt, ice cream, pudding, or fruit purée pops: Thicker mixtures can be easily layered one on top of the other before freezing all at once. If the mixture is thin, proceed as with the juice pops.
  • Swirls: Work best with thicker mixtures. Spoon or pipe one flavor into the mold, making sure to place some of it against the side of the mold so it shows through, then carefully add the next. Or, if you're not fussy, spoon or pipe alternate layers of flavor into the molds, then pass a skewer or knife through the mixture to swirl the layers lightly.

Fruit and Yogurt Pops

Some of the easiest, creamiest pops have yogurt in the mix for an extra helping of tasty goodness. Here are a few popular combos to get you started on your own creations:

Fruit and Yogurt Ice Pop Ideas from Allrecipes
Fruit and Yogurt Ice Pop Ideas from Allrecipes
  • mixed berries + banana + yogurt = Berrynana Pops
  • mango + honey + yogurt = Mango Tango Pops
  • pineapple + coconut milk + yogurt = Piña Colada Pops
  • strawberries + peanut butter + yogurt = PBJ Pops
  • raspberries + nutella + yogurt = Raspberry Nutella Pops
  • peach + raspberries + yogurt = Peachberry Pops

No Ice Pop Mold? No Problem!

You don't have to have an ice pop mold to make a hand-held frozen treat. All you need are wooden popsicle sticks (or even plastic spoons) and some kind of form to freeze the mixture in. To get the popsicle sticks to stand up while the mixture freezes, cover the form with a piece of foil, cut a small slit in the center, and insert the stick. Try these ideas for DIY ice pop forms:

  • Small paper cups: Inexpensive, easy to peel away, and perfect for making a big batch of ice pops for a party.
  • Yogurt or pudding cups: Wash and save your used cups and reuse them as ice pop molds. You can also just poke a popsicle stick right through the foil top of a new yogurt cup and freeze it for the easiest yogurt pop ever.
  • Muffin pans: Fill the rounds, cover the whole pan with a sheet of foil, pressing it against the pan so you can see where the rounds are. Cut a small slit in the center of each round and insert a short popsicle stick. To unmold the frozen pops, dip the bottom of the pan in hot water for a few seconds.
  • Cake pan: Works best for ice pop mixtures that can be sliced after freezing, such as ice cream, yogurt, or pudding pops. Use square, rectangular, or loaf pans, and insert the sticks when the mixture is partially frozen. You can line the pan with parchment or plastic wrap to make it easier to remove the pops.
Frozen Ice Cream Pops in a Baking Pan Photo
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Prettiest Ice Pop Recipes

Because everything tastes better when you eat with your eyes, too.

Kiwi and lime go for a quick blender blitz for these super easy pops. The kiwi seeds make them look extra intriguing.

Kiwi-Lime Pops
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Watermelon purée, mint, and lime juice are blended to make brightly colored Mexican-style ice pops.

Watermelon-Mint Paletas
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Fresh fruit blended with yogurt turn into the prettiest pastel-colored pops.

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Fresh strawberries and crushed cookies are swirled with cheesecake pudding to make these lovelies.

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Pops
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Layers of coffee, milk, and caramel go into these energizing ice pops.

Iced Caramel Latte Pops
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