Popsicles. They’re where it’s at this summer. If you don’t own a popsicle mold, I suggest you hightail it to your nearest cookware store, grocery store or even your local drugstore. At this time of year, plastic popsicle molds can be purchased cheaply at a variety of stores (often in the “seasonal” aisle) and there is simply no excuse not to have one. Because they will make your life, particularly your healthy, low carb life, a far sight better than it is right now. Making your own popsicles is fun, it’s easy and in terms of flavours, the possibilities are truly endless. The kinds of popsicles you can make are limited only by your imagination. Now, if your imagination spurs you to make liver and onion flavoured popsicles, you may be the only one eating them. But have at it if you like. They’re your popsicles molds, after all.
And if you have small kids, you’re at a severe disadvantage if you don’t own a popsicle mold. Having delicious but healthy sugar-free homemade popsicles on hand is the only way I know of to ward off the ice cream truck. Sure, you may still hear that jingly music, the same loop of The Entertainer playing over and over as they circle the neighbourhood. It’s a classic sound of summer, but if you’re trying to feed your kids healthfully, it’s a sound that makes your heart sink a little. Because inevitably, your kids eyes glaze over and they are drawn toward the music like moths to a flame. Mindless zombies, in search of frozen sugar on a stick. But if you have a popsicle mold, you can jump between them, smiling broadly and madly waving your sugar-free popsicles in the air to lure them away from the siren’s call of the ice cream truck. Unless you have liver and onion flavoured popsicles, in which case, I wish you luck.
I have made my share of popsicle recipes here on All Day I Dream About Food and I can say with confidence that I don’t intend to stop. As I said, it’s fun and easy and there are so many flavour ideas I have in my head that I have yet to try. It’s also a great alternative to ice cream if you don’t happen to own an ice cream maker. These Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles are very much ice cream-inspired. When we went berry picking a few weeks ago, I offered my husband a choice for dessert…regular strawberry ice cream or strawberry cheesecake ice cream. He chose the former, but the idea of a low carb strawberry cheesecake ice cream stuck with me and I had to do something with it. I also had to find a way to use up the 6 quarts of berries we picked! So I simply took all the same ingredients I would have used to make the ice cream and poured it into popsicle molds instead.
And oh my, were these ever a hit in my house. They were so creamy, so satisfying and definitely a great way to showcase that fresh-picked berry flavour. I think the cream cheese played a huge role in making them so good, as it kept the consistency thick and rich, without much iciness at all. And in case that’s not enough to inspire you to get a popsicle mold, here are a few other great recipes to try: