Happy National Cherry Popsicle Day

Happy National Cherry Popsicle Day, everyone!

I was delighted to see this on my Holidays list. Not that August has been lacking in the dessert department – far from it. August is awash with delicious, dessert-y delicacies. National Raspberry Cream Pie Day, National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, National Ice Cream Soda Day, National Root Beer Float Day, National Frozen Custard Day, National Raspberry Bombe Day, National Creamsicle Day, National Lemon Meringue Pie Day, National Ice Cream Pie Day, National Soft Ice Cream Day, National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day, National Spumoni Day, National Pecan Torte Day, National Spongecake Day, National Peach Pie Day, National Banana Split Day . . . You get the idea.

You’d think that the above list would appear to make August a shoo-in for National Ice Cream month but it isn’t. That honor goes to July, a month with only 5 ice cream-related culinary celebrations to its name. I don’t know who’s making these decisions but I smell payola (possibly in the form of Häagen-Dazs).

But back to the topic at hand which is cherry popsicles. Cherry is all well and good but I say we celebrate ALL popsicles today. Why should cherry have all the fun? Don’t the other flavors – orange, mango, strawberry, grape, etc. – don’t they also deserve a few hip-hip-hoorays?

Let today then be the day. I love popsicles. Far more refreshing to my mind than ice cream – which while undeniably delicious does have that dairy richness that can be a tad heavy on hot days. Popsicles are light, refreshing and have the added bonus of being easy to make at home.

Home Made Popsicles

We made them at home when I was a kid. Well, I saw “we” when of course I meant my mother and I say we made popsicles when technically I suppose what we (Mom) made was frozen orange juice cubes with small wooden skewers sticking out. But they were yummy and cold and allowed mom to tick off “1 fruit serving” in the “what I’ve made the kids eat today” list.

Nowadays, I would – and am – much more narrow and demanding in my homemade treats. Ice cube trays are all well and good (and make just the right serving size for small hands and mouths to cope with while cutting the danger to your upholstery almost i half. But if you’re like me, making popsicles from a more mature, grown up place – you’ll want popsicle molds.

Popsicle molds don’t cost much, can be found almost anywhere (Amazon has a nice selection, Bed, Bath and Beyond has some. Target or Walmart or any kitchen supply place ought to have at least some. Anywhere you find an ice tray, there’s an excellent chance you will find molds. A lot of those same places will have the wooden sticks but if they don’t – try your nearest craft store. They will have them though they may call them craft sticks. The rest is as easy as you like – fill the molds with the fruit juice of your choice, place the sticks and freeze. Done.

But – let’s say you are particularly interested in home made treats as a way to eliminate unnecessary sugars, additives and the like. Also, easy.

Alternative popsicles:

  • Yogurt popsicles are a fabulous alternative to the sugary fruit juice option. And they are lighter than the ice cream treats that we spoke of earlier.
  • What about Tea Pops? Yes, you read right. Popsicles made from herbal tea. I’m not a tea person myself but for the lovers of tea, surely this must be the very embodiment of summer goodness.
  • What about some nutrition-boosted pops. Add blended banana or strawberries (a great way to use up fruit you are worried about using up before it goes bad) or clear-mixing fiber supplement or vitamin supplements to the chilly treats?

So go on – Not only are popsicles good but they are easy to make and easy to make into something delicious and good for you as well.  And have a very Happy National Cherry Popsicle Day!