Honestly, I’m appalled. Actually, I’m pissed off. Fruit popsicles need one thing to make them- fruit. That’s it. This label below is for a popular frozen fruit bar. It’s completely ridiculous to add these ingredients (corn syrup, cane sugar, guar gum, Red 40, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Blue 1.) Unsuspecting consumers are buying these popsicles under the idea that they are good for you because the front of the package says that ‘real fruit or juice’ and ‘vitamin C.” GAH!!!
They’re admitting that it’s not even fruit on the front of the package. For the record – fruit juice is concentrated sugar and most often has added corn syrup. Blech and Blech.
**do you see the asterisk on the product? It says “Sensitive individuals may experience a laxative effect….” WTF??
Want a popsicle?
Step 1: blend fruit.
Optional: add a spoon of honey, a swirl of yogurt or coconut milk.
Step 2: freeze it.
Step 3: eat it.
Yes, I know it’s 2 more steps than buying a popsicle from the store. But you don’t need all the extra cane sugar, maltodextrin, guar gum, concentrates and other crap in those store-bought versions. Seriously!
Do your body a favor, make my version below. Or at the very least, before you buy your next popsicle – turn the package over and look at the ingredients. Please! Your health depends on it.
Berry Yogurt Popsicles
1 cup cherries (frozen or fresh)
1 cup blackberries (frozen or fresh)
1 cup Greek or non-dairy yogurt
1-2 tbls honey
- In a blender, puree the cherries, adding a little water as needed to help them blend smooth and pourable. Set aside
- Puree the blackberries, adding a little water as needed to help them blend smooth and pourable.
- Stir the honey into the yogurt -add a few spoons of water to thin it out slightly to help it pour as needed.
- Decide if you will make striped popsicles, or swirled:
- If striping- add a layer of one of the berries; freeze. The add a layer of the yogurt; freeze. Continue until all layers are complete.
- If swirling, add a few spoons of each mixture to the mold, then swirl it with the popsicle stick; freeze.
- Insert the popsicle sticks, if it does not stay in place use a piece of tape to hold them into place. Freeze for at least 6 hours, or overnight.
- Run under warm water for 10 seconds or hold a warm rag around the popsicle until it releases.
Notes: You don’t have to buy a popsicle mold. Use dixie or other paper cups, put them in glass containers or anything that can be frozen.
I used these zombie molds for the swirled popsicle version, and these cool champagne/vases for the stripped popsicles.0