Ice pops, creamy pops made with milk or yogurt, and other fruity desserts-on-a-stick are having a moment.

You might be seeing them pop up on your Instagram feed, in bright colors, made with orange and mango and filled with pieces of fruit.

Because pops are versatile and easy to make, it’s worth it to try them at home, said baking and dessert blogger Vallery Lomas.

You need only fruit juice, or iced tea, and whatever fresh or frozen fruit you have on hand. You can add milk, cream, chocolate or even the last of that swig of St-Germain or bourbon if that’s what it takes to cool off.

Lomas recently posted an Instagram video class for her blueberry, Greek yogurt and coconut milk pops.

“I started making (ice pops) because I lived in an apartment with no air conditioning,” Lomas said. “I like them for a summertime breakfast or snack because I can control what’s in it. I get good fat from the yogurt, and it keeps me full.”

Ice pops also a make a good cooking project for kids, allowing them to combine fruits, even though freezing and unmolding time do require a bit of patience.

Pops are also great for serving at a social distance. Just grab a stick and keep it moving.

Here are some tips for making your own pops:

Molds: You can find ice pop molds at home goods stores like Bed, Bath & Beyond for about $13. To remove the pops from the molds, run hot water over the mold just until the pop releases. Once the pops are removed, return them to the freezer briefly to set.

Storage: Don’t store the pops in the molds because you’ll have a hard time removing them. Instead, put them in zipper bags where they will keep about two weeks.

Instagram-worthy pops: Get your pops ready for social posts by adding extra fruit or even edible flowers to the mold before pouring in the liquid. Lomas said that you can make pops pretty by giving them a garden atmosphere using lavender sprigs or lemon thyme leaves. “If I was having a socially distant backyard party, I would serve beautiful popsicles,” she said.

Fruit pops: You’ll need about 2 cups of fresh or frozen fruit; 1/4 cup of orange or apple juice; and 2-3 tablespoons of sugar, honey or other sweetener. Purée the ingredients in a blender, then pour into molds. Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice to preserve the color of peaches and mango.

Creamy pops: A cup of Greek yogurt and 1/4 cup of milk can serve as the base for creamy pops. Feel free to use coconut water, soy or almond milk. You can add whole fruit to this base, or put all the ingredients into a blender and puree, then pour into molds.

Layered pops: Let each layer of fruit puree or creamy pop mixture set in the freezer for at least 20 minutes before adding the next flavor. Be sure to keep other purées refrigerated while layers are setting.


Makes 10

1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) Greek yogurt

3/4 cup (6 ounces) full-fat coconut milk

4 tablespoons granulated sugar or honey, divided

1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

In a large bowl, combine the Greek yogurt with the coconut milk and 2 tablespoons sugar or honey. Stir vigorously until you have a smooth consistency. Taste and add more sweetener, if desired. Set aside.

Make the blueberry sauce by combining the blueberries with the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar or honey in a small pot. Cook over medium heat until the blueberries start to break down. Stir and continue cooking until it reaches a jamlike consistency. Remove from heat.

Place a tablespoon of the yogurt mixture in each mold. Add a tablespoon of blueberry sauce. Top with another tablespoon of the yogurt. Continue alternating until the mold is nearly full. Place the top on the mold and add the sticks. Freeze for 6 hours.

Once the ice pops are completely frozen, place the mold under running water so that they will loosen. Remove and enjoy immediately, or place in the freezer in an air-tight container with parchment paper dividing each row. These are an easy grab-and-go breakfast for summer, or a cool treat for any time of day.

(Recipe courtesy of Vallery Lomas,


This ice pop recipe can be adapted for any fruit you have on hand. You can also add lime or coconut. For pretty pops, drop thin slices of lemon and lime into the mold before adding liquid.

Makes about 10 pops

3/4 cup sugar or 1/2 cup honey

1 cup water

1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Zest of 2 lemons

Using a saucepan, dissolve the sugar into the water, stirring continuously. Add the juice and zest, and bring to a simmer. Remove mixture from heat, and allow to cool. Taste and adjust sweetener, if needed.

Pour lemon mixture into molds, add sticks and freeze for 6 hours.


Any fruit you have on hand can be made into a creamy pop. For a mocha version, replace fruit with 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon espresso powder. For a refreshing floral pop, use honey and replace fruit with a pinch of culinary lavender.

Makes about 10 pops

2 cups strawberries, hulled and quartered

1 cup Greek yogurt

1/2 cup whole, coconut, soy or almond milk

1/4 cup sugar or honey (to taste)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Pinch of salt

Using a blender, purée all ingredients until smooth, scraping down sides, if necessary. Taste and adjust sweetener.

Pour mixture into ice pop molds, add sticks and freeze for 6 hours.

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