A. Make striped posicles, which are just more fun for kids and adults.
B. Get craft sticks right in the middle if the homemade pops.
Why would you want to use craft sticks?
- Maybe you lost the sticks that came with your ice pop molds.
- Maybe you don't have ice pop molds.
- Maybe you want to make a lot of popsicles.
- Maybe you want to share your homemade pops without worrying about the sticks being returned.
- Juice, or another liquid like flavored yogurt or chocolate milk -preferably 3 colors/flavors
- Ice pop molds or small cups
- Clean, un-died craft sticks or tongue depressors
- Plastic wrap or aluminum foil
- A sharp knife
- A zip-top freezer bag or freezer paper to store the pops, if making more than your mold can hold.
- Make room in your freezer for the molds plus the hight of half the stick.
- Fill the molds 1/3 of the way with one of the juices.
- Freeze - about two hours.
- Fill the molds another 1/3 of the way up with the next color/flavor.
- Cover tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
- With a sharp knife, make a tiny slit above the middle of each ice pop.
- Slide in the popsicle sticks until they hit the frozen layer. Avoid tearing the hole more than necessary. You want it to be tight enough to hold the stick up straight.
- Freeze another couple hours, until solid.
- Remove the plastic wrap or foil and fill the molds almost to the top with the final color/flavor, or another layer of the first color, if you are using two (like chocolate, vanilla, chocolate.)
- Freeze until everything is completely solid.
- If you want to make more pops than your mold can hold, carefully transfer the pops to a zip-top bag or wrap each popsicle in freezer paper.