Even though many families are already fully ensconced in the back-to-school groove, the reality is Mother Nature isn’t quite ready to let summer go. With temperatures soaring again and public pools still open for another few weeks, let’s end this summer with a BANG (or a bomb pop). Whether you’re looking for a last-minute Labor Day treat or you just need something cool and refreshing to hand to the kiddos after school (or soccer practice), these icy-delicious Bomb Pops….(okay, you know I have to say it right?)…are the bomb!
I’ve said it before but homemade popsicles are one of my favorite ways to get little ones excited about nutritious snacks. Unlike pre-packaged pops, which are often made with artificial colors/flavors and loaded with sugars instead of healthy ingredients, if you have a few minutes to make them at home, the healthful options are quite limitless.
These layered pops pack a particularly nutritious bang and you probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen right now: blueberries, strawberries, yogurt, milk and honey. That’s it. You start things off with a burst of blueberry, lick your way to the creamy, swirly, protein-packed yogurt and finally end things with satisfying strawberry.
And aren’t those layers lovely? Little ones and adults alike will marvel at your popsicle prowess. Now, after Laura’s latest post about the realities of making time for cooking when you’re a mom, I’m going to tell you that it took me a solid week to get all three layers into these pops. Well, it took me five minutes to add each layer and place them back in the freezer, but then it took me a solid 3 days in between each one to REMEMBER TO ADD THE NEXT LAYER. The beauty is, once they’re in the freezer, you can go back to them with the next layer whenever you remember them. It’s not like they’re going to burn or spoil.
I will say, in an ideal world it’s best to add the strawberry layer when the yogurt layer is still slightly soft (not yet rock hard). Since I forgot about mine until they were rock solid, I had to wait for them to soften a bit before I was able to jam in the popsicle sticks along with that final strawberry layer (thus resulting in the swirly look). But you know what…I like the swirls and I like the flavor it adds to the yogurt. So…happy accident?
You can make these in any popsicle mold that you like, but to get that true “bomb pop” look, just like the Red Dye and High Fructose ones from your childhood, you’ll need a set of “bomb” or “rocket” molds. The ones I used are from Cuisipro (one of my consulting clients), and they’re especially nice because the molds snap together and apart in the freezer, so you can easily remove one pop at a time without having to deal with the entire batch. They’re available through their website, but Cuisipro has generously donated a set for us to give to one lucky reader. So be sure to enter our GIVEAWAY below and maybe your name will pop up as the winner (okay, okay I’ll stop with the puns now!).