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, accidentally 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!
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
Popsicles are so much fun and it’s also fun to try lots of different flavors like these Matcha Mochi Strawberry Popsicles by Leah Moldowan. 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
These Banana Pops by Shannon Leparski 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
4. Healthy Matcha Coconut Pops
These Healthy Matcha Coconut Pops by Charmaine San Pedro 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 and lemonade on a hot summer day is a classic combination. It’s just as heavenly in these Fresh Fruit Lemonade Pops by Bianca Scartabello made with fresh strawberries, mango, and watermelon. They’re also pretty which is always a plus!
6. Peach Tea Ice Pops With Bourbon
7. Creamy Coconut Mango Pops (With a Boozy Version)
8. Patriotic Popsicles
If you loved the red, white, and blue rocket popsicles as a kid, you’ll be thrilled with this healthier version. These Patriotic Popsicles by Shannon Leparski are free of added sugars, colors, or anything weird. It doesn’t have to be on the 4th of July to enjoy these but expect the fireworks!
9. Irish Cream Fudgesicles
Irish cream plus fudge equals heaven! Fudgy boozy heaven – is there really any other kind? These Irish Cream Fudgesicles by Abby Thompson are the perfect summer treat for you and your friends – adults only!
10. Piña Colada Popsicles
The coconut, the rum, the pineapple…might as well throw in a one-way ticket to Waikiki beach. These fun, easy-to-make Piña Colada Popsicles by Native Foods Cafe 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.
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