Striped Juice Pops might just be summer’s prettiest and healthiest frozen treat — I’ll show you how to create these refreshing layered popsicles in a few simple steps!
Aren’t stripes just so summery? Think beach umbrellas, sailboats, and French sailor shirts. My eye is drawn to them wherever I see them. After my striped ice cube post last week, I couldn’t resist trying out the technique with pops. The possibilities are endless, limited only by the number of different fruit juices you can fit in your fridge. Everybody will be wowed by the pretty stripes, but they couldn’t be easier to make.
I used a variety of different juices for my pops, including bottled, canned and fresh squeezed. There’s really no right or wrong way to do this. You could pick two colors and alternate them, or go to town and do multi-colored stripes like I did. Measure as you go for precise stripes, or go for a random, organic look.
Here’s what you’ll need to make striped juice popsicles~
- a popsicle mold: here’s a link to the one I use, below. I’ve used this mold for years, I like the classic shape of the popsicles, and it works great for fruity or creamy recipes. Note that I don’t use the top portion, I’ve found it can get stuck, so I do without it.
- Popsicle sticks. Some will come with your mold, but you’re gonna need more. You can find them in stores like Target and Walmart, or online, here.
- A 2 – 4 cup measuring cup with spout, like Pyrex. This is going to help you fill the molds without messy spilling.
- Fruit juices of your choosing.
For these popsicles I used pineapple. pink grapefruit, grape, cherry, orange, and pomegranate. That vivid pink stripe is a splash of Snapple because I couldn’t resist that shade. Experiment! You’ll get a new blend of bright fruit flavors with every lick. Your kids and their friends will think you are a genius.
This is more of a method than a recipe…feel free to have fun and experiment with different designs and above all, have fun!
Tips for making striped juice pops ~
- Basically, if it’s liquid you can make it into a popsicle. That goes for most everything except alcohol, which freezes at a lower temperature and so you can only use about 20% in your popsicles.
- You can use pureed fruit, or ready made juices in your popsicles.
- Natural juices will produce subtle stripes, and if you’re going for bright colors, artificially colored drinks like Kool Aid, Gatorade, and Snapple are perfect.
- For clearly defined striped make sure each layer is frozen solid before you add the next. And have all your juices chilled to begin with.
- For more of a tie-dye effect, don’t freeze each stripe quite as long before you add the next, they will blend into each other a bit that way.