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The Best Summer Treat: Homemade Popsicles

Homemade popsicles are a fun and easy way to beat the heat. These icy delights bring back memories of childhood, cooling down even the hottest days. Making homemade popsicles is both simple and far better than purchasing any artificially-laden popsicles you’d find in the store.

Making popsicles at home is a creative and delicious activity for the whole family. Using Twisted Alchemy fresh, cold pressed juices means you can craft healthy treats without including any added sugars or artificial flavors. Armed with a popsicle mold and popsicle sticks, your Twisted Alchemy juices can be transformed from your favorite cocktail ingredients into a sweet way to beat the heat.  

The history of popsicles can be traced back to 1905, when an 11-year-old boy named Frank Epperson from San Francisco accidentally invented the popsicle. Frank left a mixture of powdered soda, water, and a stirring stick on his porch overnight. The temperature dropped, and the next morning, he discovered a frozen concoction on the stick. He named his creation the "Epsicle," a combination of his last name and "icicle." Years later, in 1923, industrious Frank patented his invention and began selling it as "Eppsicles."

The popularity of Epperson's invention quickly spread, and in 1924, he sold the rights to the Joe Lowe Company. They changed the name to "Popsicle," inspired by the "pop" sound made when pulling the frozen treat out of its mold. The Popsicle brand expanded rapidly, and by the 1930s, it had become a household name.

Over time, Popsicle introduced a wide range of flavors, including fruity options like lime, orange, and watermelon- which you can replicate at home using Twisted Alchemy 100% Persian Lime Juice, Twisted Alchemy 100% Valencia Orange Cold Pressed Juice, and Twisted Alchemy Watermelon Cold Pressed Juice. Popsicles became synonymous with summer and were commonly sold by ice cream trucks, at beaches, and in neighborhood convenience stores. 

Homemade popsicles allow you to get creative with the classic flavors that originated with the “Eppsicles” of so long ago. Twisted Alchemy’s Three Citrus Juice Mixer makes a deliciously tart summer treat by combining valencia orange, persian lime, and marsh grapefruit flavors. For a sweeter, yet healthy, alternative to classic citrus pops, Twisted Alchemy’s Eureka Lemon Sour Juice Mixer and Persian Lime Sour Juice Mixer bring the sweetness to the beloved tartness of citrus without any artificial additives. Sour and sweet lovers both rejoice at a popsicle made with Twisted Alchemy 100% Blood Orange Juice- which has the added bonus of being an ultra-Instagrammable deep orange color. For those with dietary restrictions or preferences, homemade popsicles can be customized to accommodate specific needs. Dairy-free alternatives can be made using coconut milk or almond milk, while natural sweeteners like Twisted Alchemy’s Rich Simple Syrup or Rich Demerara Syrup allow you to skip adding refined sugars.

In addition to being delicious and nutritious, making popsicles at home is also easy! Just grab your favorite Twisted Alchemy fresh, cold pressed juice flavors, pour the mixture into popsicle molds and insert sticks. Place the molds in the freezer for several hours or overnight until fully frozen. Once set, remove the popsicles from the molds by running them under warm water or briefly dipping them in hot water. Enjoy the refreshing homemade treat immediately or store them in plastic bags for later indulgence!

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