As a kid I remember having popsicles from those thin and vertical ziploc-like bag almost every day of the summer. My mom used to buy them from the grocery store and many times they weren’t frozen until you put them in the freezer; instead they had some sort of colored juice or syrup in each bag. I loved the various colors and definitely had my favorites- strawberry and grape. Who knows what in the world kind of ingredients were in those things to make their shelf-life practically eternal!
I’m not really sure how I came across the brand Zipzicles® last year, but I did and was fascinated that the average consumer could now purchase those little freezer bags and make our very own and very healthy sort of ‘popsicles’ just like we had from childhood, but this time knowing exactly what’s inside of each one. Each packet of Zipzicles® comes with enough to make 12 popsicles, so that’s great. I would stock up on these for summer, especially since you can make them so easily with the recipe I’ll show you here. This isn’t the only recipe and in the comments section I’d love to hear what fruity/veggie combo you would make with these!
Use a food processor or blender to grind up the fruit and everything else. If you’re using frozen strawberries, make sure they go in first so that the blades can get to them first.
Next add the watermelon.
Syrup or sugar (please not both).
Give it a whirl. It does not have to be thick. It should not be thick, otherwise it will not pour easily into the Zipzicle® bag.
Use a funnel to get the juices into the bag.
Use a scoop to pour it into the funnel if you’re using a food processor, otherwise it gets messy. Believe me.
This is so much cleaner.
Don’t fill it all the way to the top. Zipsicles has a nice little ‘fill line’ for you so that you don’t over do it. Remember, these have to freeze, which means the liquid will expand.
Be sure to label the bags ahead of time- see the first one? We didn’t label it until after the liquid went in and because it was cold and wet, the market didn’t work. The others were labeled before anything went it. Nice difference.
Stick them in the freezer and let them be frozen. Overnight is best. Then, simply enjoy it like the summer should be enjoyed! And you don’t have to be a kid to eat them!
Which flavors would you like to combine when making your own Zipzicle®?
*Note: I received a packet of Zipzicles® and the Monin syrup free of charge, without request for review or payment. All opinions expressed are my own.
- 2 cups watermelon, cut into chunks
- 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberry pieces, hulled
- 1 sprig fresh mint leaves
- 1 teaspoon Monin vanilla syrup or 1 teaspoon raw cane sugar
- 4-6 Zipzicle® bags
- To a food processor, add the watermelon, strawberry, fresh mint leaves and syrup or sugar. Pulse to break up the fruits then blend on high until the mixture is smooth, about one minute.
- Pour mixture into each Zipzicle® bag. Close tightly and freeze overnight or until frozen thoroughly before consuming.
- *Cook time really is freezer time in this case.