Homemade Strawberry Popsicles

Strawberry popsicles are an all-natural sweet treat made with simple ingredients. These strawberry pops are a perfect treat on a hot summer day, made with strawberry puree as a natural sweetener.

Hand holding popsicle with a bite out of the top.

Popsicles are an all-around wholesome treat any time of year but are especially perfect on hot days. Making homemade strawberry popsicles requires no additives, preservatives, or artificial dyes.

Personally, during strawberry season, I tend to buy too many fresh berries. Instead of wasting ripe strawberries, I find a great option is to make homemade popsicles while the fruit is at its peak. This solution is the best of both worlds.

Ingredients

Strawberries – 2 cups – You can use fresh or frozen strawberries with this recipe. If using frozen strawberries, place the berries in a bowl and thaw at room temperature (roughly 1 hour.) Drain any liquid that has collected at the bottom of the bowl.

Sweetener – 1/4 cup – I like to add sugar. That is a personal preference, and you can adjust the sweetener based on your preferences. Sweetener suggestions include agave (vegan), maple syrup (vegan), sugar (some are vegan), and honey.

Water – 1/4 cup – Use either tap or bottled water.

Lemon Juice – 1 tablespoon – Always use freshly squeezed lemon to balance out the flavor. I stand firm on this point. Bottled lemon juice is not the same. If you prefer lime juice, use freshly squeezed lime.

Looking for a different twist on strawberry popsicles? Try these strawberry lemonade popsicles from Dizzy, Buzy, and Hungry.

Instructions

1. Prepare the Strawberries: Prepare fresh strawberries by rinsing and hulling them. If the strawberries are extra-large, cut them into smaller sizes. Frozen strawberries are already washed and hulled.

2. Sweeten the Strawberries: Toss the strawberries with sugar (or another preferred sweetener) in a medium bowl and stand for 20 minutes. This step helps to draw out the sweetness of the strawberries and balance any bitterness.

3. Blend: Blend the strawberries, water, and lemon until smooth.

4. Mold and Freeze: Pour the popsicle mixture into the mold, place the top, and insert the sticks. Freeze for 6 hours.

5. Unmold: To unmold the popsicles, gently try to remove them from the mold. If they are not budging, run warm to hot water over the mold for 30 seconds, using caution not to get the popsicle wet. Gently release the popsicle from the mold. 

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Substitutions and Variations

Spices and Herbs – Here are some recommendations if you want to add complexity to the flavor profile.

  • Anise – Adds a sweet licorice flavor. This flavor is strong, and I recommend limiting the addition to .5 teaspoon of dried anise.
  • Basil – Add 4 – 5 fresh basil leaves.
  • Mint – Add 4 – 5 fresh mint leaves.

Strawberry Popsicle With Yogurt – Combine the water with 1 cup of non-dairy, regular, or Greek yogurt for creamy popsicles. Use vanilla yogurt to add a layer of flavor complexity.

Strawberry Popsicle With Milk – For a mildly creamy popsicle, replace the water with 1 cup of non-dairy milk or regular milk when mixing.

Freeze-Dried Strawberries – Add 1/4 cup of freeze-dried strawberries to increase flavor and color during the blending stage.

Boozy – Like a jello shot recipe, replace the 1/4 cup of water with 1/4 cup of vodka. You can always add more or less vodka, depending on your preference.

Two popsicles.

Expert Tips and Tricks

Unmolding Popsicles – Frozen popsicles tend to become stuck within the mold. If this happens, run the mold under warm water for 30 seconds. After that, gently pull the popsicle from the mold. If the popsicle does not release, repeat in 15-second increments until it frees. Use caution not to get water in the mold.

Blending – use a blender or a high-performance blender for the best results. You can use a food processor; however, note that the result will be mealy instead of smooth.

Popsicle with a strawberry on top.

FAQs

How Long Do Popsicles Take to Freeze?

Popsicles generally will freeze in four hours. After they are frozen, unmold the popsicles and savor them or store them to enjoy them later.

Can I Use Frozen Strawberries?

Yes, you can use frozen strawberries. They are always available, easily found at stores, and create a creamy texture.

How do I Store The Popsicles?

Line an airtight container with wax or parchment paper. Lay the popsicles on top of the paper. Continue to add paper before each layer. Popsicles can be stored for up to one month. Alternatively, wrap each popsicle tightly in plastic wrap and store it inside a plastic freezer bag.

Hand holding popsicle.

Strawberry Popsicles

Real fruit strawberry popsicles are the perfect treat. This easy recipe comes together in 5 minutes + 6 hours of freezing time. You can enjoy these natural or with added sugar, the choice is yours! 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Fruit
Servings: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Equipment

  • 1 Blender
  • 1 Popsicle mold

Ingredients

  • 2 cups strawberries (288g)
  • ¼ cup sugar (59g)
  • ¼ cup cold water (355ml)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon

Instructions

  • Wash and hull the strawberries. If the strawberries are extra-large, cut them into a smaller size. 
  • In a medium bowl, toss the strawberries with sugar (or another preferred sweetener) and let stand for 20 minutes.
  • Place the sweetened strawberries, water, and lemon in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Pour the mixture into a mold, top, and insert the popsicle stick. Freeze for 6 hours. 
  • To unmold the popsicles, gently try to remove them from the mold. If they are not budging, run warm to hot water over the mold for 30 seconds using caution not to get the popsicle wet. Gently release the popsicle from the mold. 

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Notes

Storing – Lay the real fruit popsicles on wax or parchment paper. Place a layer of paper between each layer of popsicles. Then, place the popsicles in an airtight container. Popsicles can be stored this way for 1 – 2 months.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Popsicles
Amount per Serving
Calories
 
72
Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Sodium
 
1
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
18
g
6
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
16
g
18
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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