summer obsession: homemade popsicles

I’ve noticed that around this time of year, the biggest blogger cliché starts to rears its ugly head: the pining for fall. All you’ll hear is how much they love it and how they can’t wait for summer to end.

Sorry, I have to disagree with y’all there. Maybe it’s because I live in Chicago and it’s fairly frigid up here for the majority of the year. Maybe it’s because I’m from south Texas and fall just doesn’t exist back home. All I know is that I LOVE summer. It’s easily my favorite season and I never want it to end. Don’t get me wrong, I like sweaters, crunchy leaves,  and all things pumpkin as much as the next girl, but I like street fests, sunshine, and cold beer on hot nights a whole lot more.

Luckily for me, Chicago is in the middle of a heat wave this week, which means that summer isn’t going anywhere just yet. This weather also fuels my current obsession: making popsicles. In June, I bought a popsicle mold set from Crate and Barrel (on sale for $10, woo!) with the intention of making popsicles ALL THE TIME. And I stuck to my guns, because I’ve been making them nonstop for the past couple of months.

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Clockwise from the top left: coconut yogurt with lime, watermelon margarita, coconut mango, and avocado.

I’ve made the coconut mango popsicles twice and they’re easily my favorite. However, I replaced the sugar with agave nectar and I definitely prefer the taste. And I know that avocado popsicles might sound weird, which I totally get, but my friend Maura came up with a recipe that makes them sweet, creamy, and oh so good. Alex is obsessed with this recipe so I’ve made them a couple of times so far.

This weekend I just tried out a new recipe from the always awesome A Cozy Kitchen for cherry lambic and cream popsicles. Beer and fruit in popsicle form? Yes please!

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I just tried them last night and they are SO GOOD. A great combination of tangy and sweet. I may have to search for more beer popsicles to try and make. I’m also on the hunt for a good chai tea latte popsicle recipe (because how delicious is iced chai?). All I know is that I’m definitely going to squeeze in another batch or two before the end of the month.

I know that I’m probably alone in my love of homemade popsicles, but someone please tell me that you love summer as much as I do. I’m not ready for it to end!

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