Why spend the summer listening out for an ice cream van when you can make delicious lollies with your kids at home? It’s surprisingly easy – and if you raid the fruit bowl, you and your team of budding chefs can make treats that are sneakily quite healthy, too.
Don’t know how to make ice lollies? No problem. Here’s one of our all-time favourite ice lolly recipes for kids to get you started.
An easy watermelon slice popsicle recipe for kids
The beauty of these homemade popsicles for kids is that they actually look like little slices of watermelon! This makes between 6 and 8 popsicles, depending on the size of the mould you’re using.
You will need:
- A blender
- A big slice of watermelon, skin removed and seeds picked out
- 1 ½ tablespoons of granulated sugar or sweetener
- 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice
- 1 handful of blueberries
- 75ml of coconut milk or 1 banana
- 1 kiwi
Top tip: Most popsicle recipes for kids call for lolly moulds. If you don’t have any, don’t worry – clean, empty yogurt pots can work just as well.
How to make the ice lollies:
- Put the watermelon, sugar, and lemon juice in the blender and blend until smooth. If you’re doing this with older kids, now might be a good time to show them how to safely use a blender. If not, leave this bit to an adult.
- Skim off any foam, then pour the watermelon puree into the moulds. Fill each one about two-thirds of the way.
- Add a few blueberries to the mould and push them down with a stick so that they spread out – the idea is to make them look like watermelon seeds. Wipe the empty part of the mould down with kitchen paper if you need to.
- Add your lolly stick and put the mixture in the freezer for around 3 hours. Freezing in stages means the lolly layers won’t get mixed together. Since stripes make any food a hundred percent more fun, this technique is used in a lot of fruit popsicle recipes for kids.
- When the watermelon puree has frozen solid, add a thin layer of coconut milk (for the top of the “rind”) and freeze again. If you don’t like coconut, try mashed banana instead.
- While your popsicles are in the freezer, slice your kiwi in half and scoop out the flesh with a spoon. Puree it in the blender as you did with the watermelon. Again, make sure an adult takes over the slicing and blending!
- When the coconut milk (or banana) has frozen, add the kiwi mix on top and freeze again.
- Once everything is frozen, ease the popsicles out of the mould. If they’re stuck, pop the mould under a warm tap for a few seconds to free them up.
- Ta dah! Enjoy your delicious homemade watermelon popsicles.
Ice lolly clean up tips
Things can get pretty messy when you’re cooking (or freezing) with kids – it’s part of the fun! Keep a few paper towels on hand to mop up, but don’t worry too much about sticky, watermelon-y sleeves: a wash with Persil liquid will take care of it.
Looking for more ice lolly recipes for kids to try?
Our fruity freezers are packed with strawberries and yoghurt, making them an equally more-ish-yet-healthy treat. But don’t feel too tied to these guides. Now that you know how to make ice lollies for kids, you can start experimenting and creating your own recipes! Share your tastiest inventions with us on Facebook – we’d love you hear from you.