15 Ice Pops That Will Change the Way You Think About Dessert

Pineapple, Mint, and Coconut Water Pops
Photo: Jason Donnelly

Step aside, ice cream, cake, and cookies. These homemade ice pops are THE dessert of summer, thanks to their showy appearance and versatility. With delicious fruit pops, frozen yogurt pops, and even boozy takes, all of our ice pop recipes are sure to disappear before they have a chance to melt.

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Roasted Cherry-Almond Milk Pops

Roasted Cherry-Almond Milk Pops
Blaine Moats

At less than 50 calories per pop, this frozen yogurt pop is much lighter than the kind you'd find in the freezer aisle at the supermarket. The secret: roasting the cherries brings out their natural sweetness so you can cut down on the level of honey needed.

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Rainbow Pops

Rainbow Pops
Carson Downing

Cool down with a bite of this refreshing sugar-free ice pop. The only sugar involved here comes naturally from the blended fruits: kiwi, raspberry, blackberry, and peach or mango. The healthy ice pops come in at just 35 calories for a truly delicious, healthy frozen treat.

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Pineapple, Mint, and Coconut Water Pops

Pineapple, Mint, and Coconut Water Pops
Jason Donnelly

Rehydrate on a scorching-hot summer day with this coconut ice pop recipe. The coconut water base helps provide a boost of potassium while also incorporating antioxidants. Fresh mint makes each bite even more refreshing.

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Kiwi-Strawberry Rooibos Ice Pops

Kiwi-Strawberry Rooibos Ice Pops
Jason Donnelly

These kiwi-strawberry frozen fruit pops are essentially lightly sweetened ice tea (well, frozen tea) with a splash of apple juice. Kids will eat up these colorful low-colorful pops! Don't worry, rooibos (a red tea) is naturally caffeine-free.

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Smoothie Pops

Smoothie Pops
Carson Downing

This ice pop recipe is a great excuse to have an ice cream-like treat for breakfast. The naturally-sweetened fruit pops combine berries, banana, Greek yogurt, and juice for an easy make-and-take energy booster. We also include an orange variation that includes carrots.

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Watermelon-Kiwi Pops

Watermelon-Kiwi Pops
Karla Conrad

For a dessert that looks as sweet as it tastes, try these layered ice pops. Try the same strategy with pineapple and blueberry or mango and raspberry, depending on the season. Using paper cups and wooden craft sticks makes an easy DIY ice pop mold.

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Strawberry Sangria Ice Pops

Strawberry Sangria Ice Pops
Hannah Bigot

Don't let that vino go to waste. Put the final glass of white wine to good use in these boozy ice pops that taste just like a fruity summer sangria. If you've got kids in the house, white grape juice works wonderfully in place of wine.

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Bahama Mama Ice Pops

Bahama Mama Ice Pops

These pretty pink pops are made with equal parts orange juice, pineapple juice, and rum, plus a splash of grenadine and lime juice. After just one taste, you'll realize why they're one of the most popular recipes with our Facebook fans.

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Mango-Chili Ice Pops

Mango-Chili Ice Pops
Andy Lyons

Spice up your dessert routine with this recipe that's inspired by the chili powder-dusted mango snack served by street vendors in Mexico. The mango ice pops get a bit of zesty flavor from lime juice while the chili powder gives every lick an unexpected bit of heat.

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Berry-Yogurt Rocket Pops

Berry-Yogurt Rocket Pops
Carson Downing

You're just 4 ingredients away from making these delish ice pops. Making your own homemade berry swirl means the healthy frozen treats will only have 2 tablespoons of added sugar total.

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Sherbet Fruit Pops

Sherbet Fruit Pops
Andy Lyons

Repurpose purchased sherbet with our easy fruit pop recipe. Make note of the ratios, then go wild by customizing with your favorite fruit, juice, and sherbet combos. Layering the fruit creates a lovely layer of color in the homemade ice pops.

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Classic Fudge Pops

Classic Fudge Pops
Karla Conrad

Cure your cocoa craving with these frozen fudge pops. A triple dose of chocolate flavor (melted semisweet chocolate, cocoa powder, and mini chips) makes these chocolate ice pops really stand out from the store-bought kinds. Dip in melted white chocolate and nuts, extra chocolate chips, or crushed cookies for a showstopping finish.

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Watermelon Margarita Pops

Watermelon Margarita Pops
Andy Lyons

"Made with 100% real fruit!" is what the label would read if you purchased these watermelon pops at the store. Each watermelon round is dressed simply with orange juice and zest, a splash of tequila, and a pinch of sugar and salt.

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Boozy Mocha Pops

Boozy Mocha Pops
Hannah Bigot

Get your coffee and after-dinner drink fix with this creative ice pop recipe. Cold brew coffee (try making your own) combines with vodka, coffee-flavor liqueur, and chocolate to make a mouthwatering adults-only frozen treat that's going to quickly disappear from the freezer.

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Rocket Pops

red and blue Rocket Pops
Con Poulos

You might be able to guess that watermelon is the base of the red rocket ice pops, but do you have any predictions about what fruit kicks off the blue version? Hint: Think tropical! Pineapple juice with a hint of blue food coloring does the trick for these nostalgic treats.

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