While flavored ices have been around since Ancient Roman time, the popsicle wasn’t invented until the early 1900s. That’s when Frank Epperson, an 11-year old boy, accidently left a glass filled with water, powdered soda mix and a wooden stirrer outside overnight. In the morning, it was frozen solid so Frank ran it under hot water and removed the ice pop using the stick as a handle. Frank made these pops for his friends and later, his children who called them “Pop’s ‘sicles.” And that, boys and girls, is how popsicles were born.

Almost a century later, popsicles are still popular. Everyone loves food on a stick. Today popsicles are made with exotic flavors like avocado, mango, mojito and even chili peppers. But buyer beware – a lot of the frozen ice pops you buy in stores are filled with sugar, corn syrup, and artificial colors and flavors. Yuck!

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It’s easier and less expensive to make your own frozen treats. See How to Make Healthy Dairy-Free Popsicles for all the tips and tricks. Check out these 6 Popsicles You Gotta Have Before the End of the Summer and 8 Epic Dairy-Free Popsicles to Enjoy This Summer. All of these popsicles is creative and delicious. They can be filled with fresh fruit, coconut milk, and fresh herbs like these Cool Basil-Pineapple Pops or chocolatey goodness like these Healthy Chocolate Fudgesicles. Want more? You got it! Here are 10 vegan popsicles that will keep you refreshed and cool all summer long.

1. Matcha Mochi Strawberry Popsicles

Matcha Mochi Strawberry Popsicles [Vegan, Gluten-Free]Recipe by Leah Moldowan

Popsicles are so much fun and it’s also fun to try lots of different flavors like these Matcha Mochi Strawberry Popsicles. With homemade mocha and fresh strawberries, these popsicles are creamy, lightly sweet and have yummy chewy bits throughout.

2. Super-Easy to Make and Totally Yummy Chocolate Covered Banana Pops

Chocolate Covered Banana Pops [Vegan, Gluten-Free]Recipe by Shannon Leparski 

These Banana Pops are just bananas, a two-ingredient chocolate coating and your favorite toppings. Use fruit, cacao nibs, granola, nuts – whatever you like. These are perfect to make and eat with the kids.

3. Blueberry and Granola Breakfast Popsicles

Blueberry and Granola Breakfast Popsicles [Vegan, Gluten-Free]Recipe by Abby Thompson 

Popsicles for breakfast? You bet! These Blueberry and Granola Breakfast Popsicles are made with fresh fruit, granola and almond milk. Breakfast on a stick – what a great idea!

4. Healthy Matcha Coconut Pops

Healthy Matcha Coconut Pops [Vegan, Gluten-Free]Recipe by Charmaine San Pedro

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These Healthy Matcha Coconut Pops blend two amazing flavors into one refreshing pop. Superfood matcha green tea is paired with coconut milk for a delicious treat that is good for you. Keeping cool never tasted so good!

5. Fresh Fruit Lemonade Pops

Fresh Fruit Lemonade Pops [Vegan, Gluten-Free]Recipe by Bianca Scartabello

Fresh fruit and lemonade on a hot summer day is a classic combination. It’s just as heavenly in these Fresh Fruit Lemonade Pops made with fresh strawberries, mango and watermelon. They’re also pretty which is always a plus!

6. Peach Tea Ice Pops With Bourbon

Peach Tea Ice Pops With Bourbon [Vegan, Gluten-Free]Recipe by Aileen Metcalf

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This one is for adults only! These Peach Tea Ice Pops with Bourbon are southern-inspired treat with just tea, peaches and bourbon. Perfect for all your summer get-togethers.

7. Creamy Coconut Mango Pops (With a Boozy Version)

Coconut Mango Pops [Vegan, Gluten-Free]Recipe by Dora Daily

These Coconut Mango Pops are creamy and full of coconut flavor. Dipped into a chocolate shell and topped with more coconut, these pops are super decadent, yet dairy free!!

8. Patriotic Popsicles

Patriotic Popsicles [Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free]Recipe by Shannon Leparski

If you loved the red, white and blue rocket popsicles as a kid, you’ll be thrilled with this healthier version. These Patriotic Popsicles are free of added sugars, colors or anything weird. It doesn’t have to be the 4th of July to enjoy these but expect the fireworks!

9. Irish Cream Fudgesicles

Irish Cream Fudgesicles [Vegan, Gluten-Free]Recipe by Abby Thompson

Irish cream plus fudge equals heaven! Fudgy boozy heaven – is there really any other kind? These Irish Cream Fudgesicles are the perfect summer treat for you and your friends – adults only!

10. Piña Colada Popsicles

Pina Colada PopsicleRecipe by Native Foods Cafe

The coconut, the rum, the pineapple…might as well throw in a one-way ticket to Waikiki beach. This fun, easy-to-make Piña Colada Popsicles are the perfect treat for outdoor entertaining and transporting your guests to the tropics.

Popsicles may have been invented by accident but what a lucky break it turned out to be! Enjoy these cool and refreshing treats all summer long.

Lead image source:  Fresh Fruit Lemonade Pops