Who doesn't like a nice cold popsicle on a hot summer day? It's a very refreshing treat and very easy to make yourself. You don't even need to have the popsicle molds but they do come in handy to achieve a nice shaped frozen treat!

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There are many ways to make popsicles. One super easy way is to prepare some Kool-Aid, mix it with water and add the sugar to taste. Next, pour it into ice cube trays and place a stick in each cube. The stick can lie sideways on the tray or you can put pieces of foil over the tray and poke the stick through top of the foil into the cube to help it stay upright. You can actually use any type of cold drink using this method. You can even try fruit juice. Just fill the ice cube trays with your cold drink of choice, insert the sticks and voila, instant popsicles! Well, not quite instant, you do have to freeze them!

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The drink and ice cube tray method won't create popsicles with the same texture as commercial popsicles. These popsicles will be more like flavoured ice cubes. Popsicles made with this method are still refreshing but to make a popsicle with a texture closer to the store bought kind, try adding gelatin. Here's a recipe you might want to try out. It's also a healthy low sugar version of the popular homemade popsicle, so you can enjoy them guilt free!

First of all you will need a large bowl to mix it up. Take one package of sugar free jello and one package of unsweetened Kool Aid and dissolve them together in 2 cups of boiling water. Yes, you need to boil some water! Now stir in 2 cups of cold water and add a sweetener to taste. The sweetener can be sugar if you like, or Splenda. Liquid splenda works well in this case. Just make sure the sugar or Splenda is completely dissolved by stirring if you are not using the liquid form. Now pour the popsicle mixture into your molds. You should have enough mixture for about ten popsicles depending on the size of your molds. You can use the ice cube trays if you wish but you will need those popsicle sticks! Popsicles sticks are usually available at your local craft store.


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