Push Pops

Everyone loves a good ice cold popsicle during these hot Summer days. In the past I have made various homemade popsicles, all from those purchased molds. And here is what I have concluded about them, the molds that is; they are a pain in the butt to wash, there is never enough of them, and they really don’t work all that great, at least the ones I have had. So after reading an article on How to Make Homemade Bomb Pops by Amanda Clarke at Serious Eats, I thought I would try my hand at frozen pops again. The picture of the pointy pop in her article, reminded me of my huge supply of disposable pastry bags and I thought to myself that they could be my answer to the homemade popsicle conundrum. I have made stick pops and the pop falls off the stick or the kids eats them too slowly and they drip everywhere. But the pastry bags reminded me of a type of push pop I ate as a kid at school. The lunch lady would cut the tops off of these triangle shaped Italian Water Ices so that we could push them up while eating. What melted went to the bottom of the container and with the help of a napkin our hands would not get too cold. The pastry bags worked like a charm.

I folded the pastry bags over large plastic cups and filled them with a strawberry smoothie mixture, recipe below. These are the triangular pastry bags that still have a point, they are not open, just in case you were wondering or hoping I was that dumb! I placed the cups in the freezer overnight then cut the plastic off down to the top of the pop. I wrapped the Push Pops with a napkin and gave them to the kids. No mess, although Littleness did pop hers out across the table once. But it was replaced easily with no tears.

I popped the rest in a zip-top bag to store in the freezer for future Push Pop experiences. Here is the recipe I used. You can use whatever you want for these as well. Come up with something stronger for the adults too if you want. And no stinkin’ molds to wash.

Strawberry Push Pops
2 pounds strawberries, washed and hulled
sugar to taste, I used steevia

You may need to do this in two batches, I did. Fill a blender halfway up with strawberries. Pour water halfway up the berries. Blend until smooth, add a little sugar at a time and blend. Repeat with the rest of the strawberries. Fill pastry bags 1/3 full with the smoothie mixture. Freeze. Makes about 6-7 Push Pops.

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  1. EAT!
    Posted July 7, 2008 at 8:03 AM | Permalink

    I think you really are Martha Stewart! The push pops are so cute. Time to buy some more strawberries.

  2. Anonymous
    Posted July 7, 2008 at 9:18 AM | Permalink


    That’s my kid and I’m proud of her.

  3. Robin Sue
    Posted July 7, 2008 at 9:57 AM | Permalink

    eat!-just wish I had her paycheck and staff!

    anon- Ma! Is that you? I am proud of you too!

  4. Karen Downing
    Posted July 7, 2008 at 11:27 AM | Permalink

    What a great idea! Love it.

  5. That Girl
    Posted July 7, 2008 at 1:21 PM | Permalink

    Growing up we were only allowed 100% juice popsicles (and 100% juice juice, but that’s another story). My favorite were the triangle minute maid push pops!!!

  6. Rindy Robberstad
    Posted July 7, 2008 at 5:37 PM | Permalink

    I sit here and read your blog and wonder – why didn’t I think of that!
    Let’s face it- my disposable icing bags don’t get a lot of use – perfect way to use them up!

  7. Robin Sue
    Posted July 7, 2008 at 8:03 PM | Permalink

    Karen- thanks, I bet you can come up with something wonderful to fill these!

    That girl- Yeah I am trying to health up my kids with more fresh fruits and veggies, it ain’t easy when the competition is candy!

    Rindy- I do the same thing all the time. I look at the Chia Pet and think “why didn’t I think of that?” I could have been retired by now and sipping pina coladas on some exotic beach in Tahiti!

  8. tastespotting
    Posted July 7, 2008 at 9:11 PM | Permalink

    oh, how we could go for one of those right now in this heat. (and love that you used stevia:) )

  9. Just One Plate
    Posted July 7, 2008 at 9:46 PM | Permalink

    This looks great and perfect for summer!

    You might be interested in my site: http://www.JustOnePlate.com

    There are some great recipes on there if you are interested.

    My best,

    Neil Kohan

  10. Katie
    Posted July 8, 2008 at 12:24 AM | Permalink

    whoa!!!! absolutely out of this world! that is such genius. i must try this! what a wonderful idea.

  11. Michelle
    Posted July 8, 2008 at 1:50 AM | Permalink

    Super idea!!! And the color is gorgeous!

  12. Grace
    Posted July 8, 2008 at 4:12 AM | Permalink

    how brilliant! i loved push-pops as a kid (specifically the ones with the flintstones on the wrappers), and this is a much-improved version. terrific!

  13. Robin Sue
    Posted July 8, 2008 at 9:29 AM | Permalink

    tastespotting-thanks for publishing my photo!

    Justoneplate-visited your blog, very cool concept. Will read more!

    Katie- Thanks, give these a go yourself.

    Michelle- Thanks, your flan is killing me, I love Flan.

    Grace- I like the orange sherbet push pops too.

  14. Chris
    Posted July 8, 2008 at 11:47 AM | Permalink

    Mmmm…looks good!

  15. Robin Sue
    Posted July 8, 2008 at 8:38 PM | Permalink

    Chris- Thanks for visiting. Now can you suggest a good summer read! Your site is so cool. I’m going to have to choose one of the books you have reviewed.

  16. Julia
    Posted July 9, 2008 at 12:10 PM | Permalink

    Man, that was smart. Now I can cross pop molds off my shopping list!

  17. Robin Sue
    Posted July 10, 2008 at 7:26 AM | Permalink

    Julia-and just add pastry bags!

  18. organic mom
    Posted August 4, 2008 at 12:31 PM | Permalink

    This is such a great idea. I always hate cleaning the molds and it melts everywhere so this is perfect for my toddlers.

  19. resilientheart
    Posted September 24, 2008 at 3:31 AM | Permalink

    I love this idea, and I love that it’s all natural, even the sweetener!

    I juice a lot, so this would be a great way to keep the leftovers for warm days. Thanks for the post, it’s great!

  20. Amy
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 12:28 AM | Permalink

    This is a FANTASTIC idea! I've included it in a Popsicle Feature on my blog. You can check it out at http://sittingatourkitchentable.blogspot.com/2011/06/me-likey-monday_27.html


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