These homemade jello popsicles are a fun, easy, and budget-friendly twist on this classic dessert the kids will love and will take you back to your childhood.
Jelly on a plate! Jelly on a plate! Wibble wobble wibble wobble jelly on a plate!
These homemade popsicles made with jello take this nostalgic dessert and turn it into a delicious frozen treat. The trick to achieving a more jello-like effect even when the popsicles are frozen is to increase the amount of jello in the popsicles. This helps stops them from freezing sold and gives that jello feeling right out of the freezer.
The flip side to this is the popsicles don't freeze solid and have a more patterned look. I highly recommend using soft silicone popsicle molds. That way you can push the popsicle out from the bottom and break the seal around the edges, before gently removing them. You can make these with just one packet of jello which will give a firmer popsicle that's easier to remove from the molds, but it won't have the same soft jello-like texture.
This Jello popsicle recipe is a great way to sneak some extra fruit into the kids. You can add some bite-size pieces of fruit, or alternatively blitz it up and add it to the jello mix. The kids won't even realize they're eating fruit! If you are looking for some more fun and easy way to get fruit into the kids you could try my super easy lemonade popsicles, mango popsicles, or watermelon ice lollies. Easy and delicious!
Can you make jello popsicles with sugar free jello?
Yes, you can! For delicious low-calorie, keto popsicles you can make these with sugar-free jello. Follow the directions but replace the regular jello with sugar-free jello. The sugar-free version freezes more sold and doesn't have the same soft, jello-like texture straight out of the freezer but they are still delicious.
Jello: I made these jelly pops with strawberry jello, but you can use whatever flavor you like. Some fun options include cherry, raspberry, orange, lemon, or lime.
Boiling water: it's important to use boiling water to dissolve the jello otherwise your popsicles will be grainy. Even then you may need to heat the mix a bit to fully dissolve the jello, as per the making instructions below.
Matching fruit: for some extra fun and a healthy element you can add some pieces of matching fresh fruit to the jello flavor, i.e. strawberries in strawberry jello, cherries and cherry jello, or Olafs in Frozen jello :D.
You could also try sneaking in the fruit blending and straining the fruit, then mixing it into the jello mix. This will remove the obvious fruit bits. Some kids might be fooled by this, some might not!
How to make jello popsicles
Boil the water. Pour both packets of jello into a large microwave-proof jug. Add the boiling water and stir really well. If you are having trouble getting all the jelly to dissolve properly you may need to heat the mix up by microwaving it in thirty-second bursts, then stirring again.
All the mix to cool for five to ten minutes but not set. Chop the fruit into bit size pieces. If you want to hide the fruit you could also blitz and strain it.
Hot tip: make sure there is enough room in your freezer for you popsicle molds Before you fill them or there will be tears!
Pour the jello mix into the popsicle molds. Add the chopped fruit. Depending on the fruit it will either sink to the 'top' of the popsicles or float at the 'bottom'. If you want the fruit to be reliably suspended In the middle of the popsicles you can wait until the jello just starts to set, mix in the fruit, then pour it into the popsicle molds.
Add sticks and freeze for at least eight hours, preferably overnight.
How to serve
To serve these jelly popsicles gently remove them from the molds. I recommend using silicon molds and pushing them from the bottom to break the seal around the popsicles. Once they are starting to come out you can use the stick to pull them out the rest of the way. If you just pull the sticks from the top they might break. You could also try dipping them very briefly in hot water before removing them. Don't leave them in for too long or they will melt.
How to store
To store these jelly ice pops put them in an airtight container with some parchment paper layered between them to stop them from sticking together, for up to a month.
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- Silicon/flexible popsicle molds and sticks
- 2 packets flavored jello such as strawberry
- 4 cups boiling water
- ¼ cup matching fresh fruit, such as strawberries (optional)
- Boil the water. Pour both jello packets in to a large microwave proof jug
- Add the boiling water and stir really well. If you are having trouble getting all of the jello to dissolve you may need to heat it in the microwave in thirty second bursts then stir again.
- Chop the fruit into bit size pieces, if using.
- Allow the jello mix to cool down. It can be warm but not hot anymore. Pour into the popsicle molds, leaving room for the fruit pieces if using. Add the stick sticks.
- Put into the freezer and freeze for at least eight hours, or until firm.
- To remove from the molds use your hands to push the popsicle up from the bottom. When the seal is broken around the molds you can gently pull from the top. If you Just pull from the top without pushing them up from the bottom first they may break.
- Enjoy you delicious jello popsicles!
Nutritional information is an estimate based on an online database. The nutritional content of ingredients may vary by brand. If you require accurate nutritional information, you should calculate this based on the specific brands and products you are using.
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