Increasingly warm weather calls for delicious frozen treats, including ice cream and popsicles. While many local grocery stores carry an expansive variety of these summer bites, they are more expensive and less customizable than the aesthetically-pleasing DIY frozen popsicles that fill Instagram feeds and Pinterest boards. Because home-grown popsicles do not automatically contain any added sugars, they are comparatively healthy compared to those sold in stores. The flavors of these popsicles are also easily customizable and the recipes can be modified to include juices and fruits of your choosing. Enjoy!

Fruit Salad Ice Pops

Source: Martha Stewart

The Fruit Salad Ice Pops feature white grape juice as a subtly-sweet base flavor for an assortment of fruit. The fruit provides an icy texture, while also adding sweet and tart elements throughout the popsicle. Initially a golden-yellow color, the white grape juice emerges from the freezer as a clear, icy solid that holds the multicolored fruit pieces in place. The juice’s sweet undertones contrast the tanginess of fresh fruit, and also contribute to the clean presentation of the popsicle as the transparency allows the fruit to be seen through the grape juice.

Sweet Peach Iced Tea Popsicles

Source: Paper & Stitch

The Sweet Peach Iced Tea Popsicles combine the mildly-sweet flavor of frozen peach iced tea with a few slices of fresh peach to enhance the flavor. The tea provided a pleasant contrast to the tangy, bright flavors of the fruit, adding a muted, floral component to the icy treat. The peach flavor of the tea clearly took the stage in the popsicles, and the fresh fruit acted as a visually-appealing garnish. However, the large size of the peaches made it  difficult to eat around them, providing for some bites of only fruit and others of only frozen iced tea.