Two Homemade Popsicle Recipes To Cool You Down This Summer

Summer is right around the corner! For anyone enrolled in online cooking courses, that means it’s time to make delicious homemade popsicles that will help your family cool off as the temperature continues to climb through the next few months. As you learn to cook online, you should also make time to surf the internet for easy recipes to keep snacks interesting all year long. With that in mind, grab your ice pop mold and popsicle sticks and take a look at these top homemade popsicle recipes that will satisfy any sweet tooth:

Blackberry, honey and yogurt pops
This favorite, courtesy of New York-based People’s Pops and Bon Appetit, is both smooth and sweet. Here’s what you’ll need:

3 1/2 cups fresh blackberries
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup water
1 cup nonfat yogurt
4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
5 teaspoons honey

Then follow these steps:
1. Create a simple syrup by bringing the water and sugar to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir until all of the sugar dissolves, then allow it to chill until completely cooled, which should take about one hour.
2. Puree the blackberries in a food processor until smooth. Strain the puree into a medium bowl, using a spatula to extract as much juice from the solids as possible.
3. Measure out two cups of the puree and combine with the simple syrup, yogurt, lemon juice and honey. Whisk until smooth.
4. Divide the mixture into your ice pop mold, insert a stick into each slot and place in the freezer. In eight hours, they’ll be solid and ready to eat!

Lemonade cucumber spa popsicles
If you’re looking to feel as pampered as you would at a day spa, Marcus Samuelsson’s lemonade cucumber popsicles are a must-try. To make them at home, you’ll need these ingredients:

1 lemon
2 cups cold water
1 cup seedless cucumber, julienned
Natural sweetener of your choice

Then, the recipe is simple:
1. Squeeze the lemon juice through a strainer into the cold water and sweeten to taste with a natural sweetener.
2. Fill your ice pop molds two-thirds of the way full with lemonade, and freeze for one hour.
3. Take the mold out of the freezer and use a spoon to stir any ice crystals that have already formed.
4. Add a spoonful of cucumber to each slot and use a popsicle stick to press it down into the lemonade so it is distributed evenly.
5. Add a popsicle stick to each slot and place the mold back into the freezer for three to four hours, or until the popsicles are solid.

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