Chill Out! How to Make Homemade Popsicles

Chill out with homemade popsicles!

The summer heat has set in.  Our quest is to figure out ways to chill out, but still be able to stay outside and have some fun. 

As kids, we used to love for our dad to set up the sprinkler so we could play in it.  Building forts under the shade of a tree was a great way to get out of the sun. 

When playing Hide-and-Seek, it was easy to find everyone. They were in the shadiest places to chill out and stay out of the summer heat! And you just gotta love a good picnic!

One of the things we looked forward to the most was when Mom would come outside with homemade Popsicles.  Oh, yum! 

She often bought different flavors of Kool Aid, mixed it according to the package, but then poured it in Popsicle molds and put them into the freezer. Add some chopped fruit before you freeze for double the deliciousness!

The best ones though, were the ones made with pudding.  It was up for debate which was the best.  Chocolate and Banana made it to the top two.

If you are looking for economical way to beat the summer heat, make Popsicles for your own kids. All you need is some Popsicle molds, a few ingredients, and a freezer. 

They take very little time to make and pour in the mold.  Freeze for several hours, or until firm. Make them in the morning, and they will be ready to eat during the hot afternoon!

And kids aren’t the only one who like these.  Adults do, as well.  Just ask my son James, and the Country Boy.  Neither one grew out of checking the freezer in the summer for these cool, delicious treats!

Chill out with Pudding Popsicles

1 – 4 oz. pkg. Jell-O Chocolate Pudding* (the cooked kind, not instant)

2 cups Milk

¼ cup Sugar

1 cup Evaporated Milk

Mix all ingredients together and cook according to the package directions.  Stir.  Cool five minutes.  Pour into Popsicle molds and freeze until firm.

Note:  This is an old Jell-O brand recipe, and Mom got it from the side of one of their boxes.  Although other brands may be less expensive, it’s always best to use the original brand, as the recipes are designed for their product.

* I just love the Chocolate flavor, but any flavor will do. 

Julie Murphree is a blogger, newspaper columnist, and speaker on all things ‘Living a Simple Life on the Farm’. She is the author of \\\'The Farm Wife – Living a Simple Life on the Farm. She and her husband have 60 acres in NW Louisiana where they actively work on living as sustainable as possible.

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