Confession #1: I’d never made true popsicles before Popsicle Week. I’d thrown together popsicle recipes and poured them into Dixie cups, but that was the extent of my homemade popsicle making journey.
Confession #2: My first popsicle making experience with carrot cake popsicles could’ve been a complete episode of “Popsicle 101: What NOT to do.” Thankfully the resulting popsicles were delicious despite the method.
The Good News
You’ll create outrageously delish popsicles without any trouble if you follow these five smart strategies for making popsicles that I wish I’d known ahead of time.
Popsicle Success Tip #1
Use a pastry bag or a freezer bag with a corner snipped off to fill popsicle molds. A funnel would also work well for thinner fruit popsicle recipes.
Popsicle Success Tip #2
Don’t seal the lids. If your popsicle molds have snap-on lids, leave them loose. Unsealing the lid when popsicles are frozen can crack or destroy the brittle molds.
Popsicle Success Tip #3
Unmold popsicles by running them under warm water for a few seconds until they loosen. Wiggle the stick back and forth and don’t be too forceful or you’ll wind up with a stick in your hand and a popsicle still stuck inside the mold.
Popsicle Success Tip #4
Buy a big enough mold or better yet, two molds. Who makes only 6 popsicles anyway? Be sure your mold can accommodate the recipe you’re making. Mine couldn’t. Another lesson learned. (Are we sensing a theme here?)
Popsicle Success Tip #5
Clean popsicle molds with a bottle brush. They fit well inside and can scrub all the nooks and crannies much better than a sponge.
Fill me in: If you have savvy popsicle tips that we need to know, please share in the comments below.
Be sure to check out our other featured posts from Popsicle Week (and stay tuned for some mouthwatering Nutella recipes tomorrow!)