Cool Off This Summer With Homemade Ice Pops!


    When I was a kid, I remember visiting my grandmother and taking my bike to the park to spend all day outdoors with my friends.  Throughout the day, we would get hot and thirsty from playing “Red Light, Green Light, 123,” “British Bulldog,” and Freeze Tag.

    To cool off, we would visit one of the neighbors who made homemade ices and buy one each for only a quarter.  I have such fond memories of sitting on the edge of the curb with my buddies enjoying these cool and refreshing ices.

    Now that I’m a mom, I want to prepare some of the treats that I enjoyed during my childhood with my own sons so I am always on the lookout for ways that I could replicate them right here at home.  I’m a teacher so I have summers off and I greatly enjoy spending time with my boys and also enjoying cool desserts when we get overheated during our warm weather outings and adventures.

    One of the ways that we get refreshed after a long, hot day here in New York City is by enjoying some homemade ice pops.  I’m excited to share our recipe with all of you so you could enjoy them with your families this summer!



  • 1 box of orange gelatin
  • 1 box of watermelon gelatin
  • Water
  • 2-4 small cups of vanilla yogurt
  • Small plastic cups or popsicle molds that you can throw away later.
  • Wooden popsicle sticks



  • Mix up the watermelon gelatin by following the directions on the package.
  • Fill each plastic cup or mold ⅓  of the way full with the watermelon gelatin and store in the freezer (approximately for 30 minutes or until it is fully frozen)


  • Mix up the orange gelatin by following the directions on the package.
  • Fill each cup/mold ⅔  way full with the orange gelatin, add popsicle stick and place in freezer (approximately 30 minutes or until fully frozen)
  • Next, add the vanilla yogurt on top of each frozen mold and place in the freezer (approximately for 30 minutes or until it is fully frozen)
  • ENJOY!


Let’s Discuss:  What are some of your favorite summer treats to enjoy with your family?

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  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    Those look awesome. How refreshing they would be on a hot summer day!

  2. THese look so good. I never though to mix jello and ice!

  3. While those homemade ice pops are sure to become a summer favorite, our family really is simple. We enjoy things like watermelon and s’mores. I, however, can’t wait to try these!

  4. Those look really easy to make and are so colorful too. I could see those going over big at a pool party and I think kids and adults would both love them. I loved root beer Popsicles when I was young. Sometimes we couldn’t find them in the market so my mom would make her own using root beer soda. They were so good.

  5. I bet the kids are going to love these on a hot summer day. They also look fun to make and something the kids could do too.

  6. Barbara Montag says

    These would be great to make for when the grand kids visit!

  7. Tiffany Steadman-COllins says

    These look super yummy. I to remember sitting out on the curb enjoying our frozen treats. Great idea to use Jell-O I never would of thought:) Thanks for sharing!

  8. Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty says

    I remember the ding ding of the ice cream truck and the Flintstones Push Pops were my treat of choice. So yummy!

  9. We make our own also, but nothing quite as fancy as those. They look great!

  10. Catherine S says

    These sound really good and they would be great on a hot summer afternoon. I have never made my own ice pops.

  11. These flavors sound really nice. Ice pops are always so fun to cool off with.

  12. These look tasty! I love refreshing popsicles on a hot summer day.

  13. Yum they look and sound great! I love making home made ice pops! I don’t make them enough!

  14. Those do look very good! In the summer I find myself craving Carvel soft serve chocolate ice cream–or a creamsicle–remember those?

  15. This looks like an awesome way to cool down this summer and super tasty! Would love to give it a try.

  16. We love making paletas or ice pops at home but my favorite frozen treat are choco bananas: frozen bananas covered in chocolate!

  17. Those look great! My kids would love these flavor combinations!

  18. These are perfect for the dog days of summer! Nice cool treat!

  19. I love making homemade ice pops. I love the layered look you went with.

  20. We love ice pops! Those look like great combinations and so refreshing for a hot summer day!

  21. Super smart and a lot cheaper than store bought ones with the added benefit of them not going to waste. Yum!

  22. My kids love homemade ice pops. These look super delicious and easy to make

  23. Those look so great, gelatin (genius!) but how d you keep the sticks straight?

  24. As I was reading this my son says “GO BACK!!! THAT LOOKS AWESOME” .. It looks like I will be making these soon 🙂

  25. I have to try these with my kids. We love frozen fruit like grapes, blueberries and mango chunks. The colder the better.

  26. This looks so good – I would have to alternated the colors as my son is allergic to red dyes. I do like your summer memories as a childhood.

  27. Maryann D. says

    I would really enjoy making and eating these ice pops. My A/C is not working now, so I would like one of these pops to cool off.

  28. meagan bs says

    i’m going to have to try these, yum! we like eating watermelon when it’s hot. and frozen grapes.

  29. Oh the kids love popsicles and freezes! They would love these! I have not made homemade ones before, but I really need to start.

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