Gelatin based popsicles might seem like an odd idea; however, they happen to be full of flavor and so easy to make. Plus – they don’t drip as they thaw. Seriously, these are essentially mess free. My toddler loves popsicles and the aftermath is always horrendous. There’s sticky syrup everywhere and colored dye on her face and all over her clothes. The big appeal with these is that they are close to no cleanup and kiddos still get their fun cold treat. With so many options of gelatin mix available you have an abundance of flavors and fun colors to chose from.
If you don’t have a popsicle mold there’s a couple alternatives you can use that you can likely find in your home. The first method would be to use the small disposable cups and popsicle sticks. A more environmentally friendly option would be to use a cupcake or muffin pan and popsicle sticks. For both the small cup and muffin pan methods you will want to allow the gelatin to set up in the refrigerator before placing the popsicle sticks; otherwise, they will just fall. I love these silicone based molds as they basically unwrap as you pull the popsicles out and they collapse for storage.
If your children are used to the sugary sweet store bought popsicles you will want to keep the sugar included in the recipe. It is not necessary to add the sugar as it is just for flavor. You can omit it or even use a sugar-free gelatin mix for a low-carb treat. Another fun way to change up the recipe is to use a cup of heavy whipping cream in place of the cold water. This gives the popsicles a creamy taste that pairs well with the fruity flavor. Enjoy experimenting the different flavors and colors with your family for fun treats through the warmer months!
- 1 3oz package of flavored instant jello
- 1 cup of boiling hot water
- 1 cup of cold water
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- Set up popsicle mold and set aside.
- In a small bow whisk together boiling water, gelatin mix and sugar until the sugar and gelatin have dissolved.
- Whisk in cold water.
- Evenly distribute the gelatin mixture between your popsicle molds until the liquid is about a quarter inch from the top of the mold.
- Place popsicle sticks and freeze for three or more hours.
This popsicle mold is on the larger side; a single batch filled six popsicles. If your mold is smaller you will likely fill more.