Homemade ice pops make for a refreshing treat in the summertime, and they’re easy to make at home. Using an ice pop mold and store-bought or homemade fruit juice, it takes seconds to prepare a variety of flavors for freezing. Make refined sugar-free ice pops by choosing 100 percent juices for a healthy and delicious treat. You also can get creative with your ice pops by adding layers.

Traditional Ice Pops and Layered Ice Pops

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A stack of colorful fruity ice pops.

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Step 1: Choose Your Juice Flavor

Use your favorite store-bought or homemade juice. For best results, use juice that is naturally sweet or sweetened, such as lemonade or limeade

A jar of fruit juice next to an ice pop mold.

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Step 2: Fill the Mold

Leave 1/2 inch of space at the top of the mold, as liquid expands when it freezes.

Ice pop mold filled with fruit juice.

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Step 3: Cover and Freeze

If using a mold with built-in sticks, simply place the cover on the mold and freeze for 5 hours.

If using a mold that requires inserting wooden or plastic sticks, place the cover over the juice and freeze for two hours without the sticks. After two hours, place the sticks into the center of the partially frozen ice pops. The sticks should stand on their own. Place the mold back in the freezer for an additional 3 hours.

Ice pop mold in the freezer.

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Step 4: Unmold and Enjoy!

To serve, allow the ice pops to thaw 5 to 10 minutes before removing the cover and pulling gently on the sticks. To speed up the process, you can run the outside of the mold under warm water for 15 to 20 seconds. The ice pops should come out easily.

Finished ice pops on a serving tray.

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Step 1: Prepare the First Layer

Blend, mix, or whisk together the ingredients for the first layer. You can make layered ice pops using fruit juice or a blended yogurt or coconut milk mixture.

Blender with ice pop ingredients.

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Step 2: Partially Fill the Mold

Evenly distribute the mixture for the first layer in the mold. Fill depending on the desired thickness of the layer. Cover the mold, and place it in the freezer for 30 minutes.

Partially filled ice pop mold.

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Step 3: Prepare the Next Layer

Blend, mix, or whisk together the ingredients for the second layer, and pour it into the mold. Cover and freeze 30 to 40 minutes.

Ice pop mold with two layers.

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Step 4: Repeat for Remaining Layers

Continue adding layers, freezing for 30 minutes in between.

Ice pop mold with three layers.

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Step 5: Cover and Insert Sticks

Once you have completely filled the molds, cover the mold and insert the sticks into the center. Freeze an additional 2 to 4 hours, until ice pops are completely frozen.

Ice pop mold with wooden sticks poked through the cover.

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Step 6: Remove From Mold

Remove ice pops from freezer and allow them to thaw about 5 to 10 minutes so they come out of the mold easily. You can run warm water over the outsides of the mold for about 20 seconds to speed up the process.

Three-layer ice pops on a countertop surrounded by blueberries.

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