Striped Juice Bar Pops

These refreshing pops are made by layering watermelon juice with carrot/apple juice. The recipe relies largely on fruit and veggie juices for sweetness, with just a few added teaspoons of agave. They require a bit of effort, but the you’ll end up with a half dozen tasty showstoppers perfect for a summer party treat.

Watermelon-Beet Juice

1 1/2-pound piece of watermelon
2 tablespoons beet juice
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
2 teaspoons agave sweetener

Carrot-Apple Juice

1 cup carrot juice
1/2 cup apple juice
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
2 teaspoons agave sweetener

To make the watermelon juice, cut the watermelon flesh from the rind. Cut into cubes, removing any seeds. Place in a blender and process until liquefied. Pour through a fine-mesh strainer into a small bowl, pressing the pulp with a flexible spatula to extract as much juice as possible. Discard the solids You should have about 1 cup watermelon juice. Stir in the beet juice, lime juice, and agave sweetener.

To make the carrot-apple juice, in another small bowl, stir together the carrot juice, apple juice, lime juice, and agave sweetener.

Using a small measuring cup with a pour spout, fill each mold about one-fourth full with the watermelon juice mixture. Insert sticks and freeze until set, about 30 minutes. Fill each mold another fourth of the way full with the carrot juice mixture, pouring it around the sticks. Return to the freezer and freeze until set, 30 to 45 minutes. Repeat once more with each juice mixture to make 4 layers total. Freeze until firm, at least 6 hours or up to overnight.

To unmold the pops, run hot water over the outsides of the molds for a few seconds, then gently pull the sticks.

Makes 6 pops

Recipe printed with permission by Chronicle Books from Perfect Pops, Charity Ferreira (Chronicle Books, 2011)

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  1. 07.18.2012 at 3:36 AM #

    Frosty blueberry Popsicles
    (The Martha Stewart Show, May 2010)

    2 cups Ocean Spray blueberry juice
    1 1/4 cups blueberries (about 120 blueberries; 12 per mold)
    1/2 cup strained Greek yogurt


    Fill a 10-pop freezer-pop maker halfway with 1 1/4 cups blueberry juice (about 2 1/2 tablespoons per mold); add 6 blueberries to each mold. Place tops on molds and insert sticks; freeze until completely solid, about 4 hours.
    In a medium bowl, whisk together remaining 3/4 cup blueberry juice and yogurt until smooth.
    Remove pops from freezer and carefully remove tops. Fill molds evenly with blueberry-yogurt mixture, leaving about a 3/4-inch space from top. Add 6 more blueberries to each mold; cover with tops. Freeze until completely frozen, about 4 hours.

  2. Chasity
    07.18.2012 at 5:05 AM #

    We love fresh strawberry sorbet!

    2 qt – Fresh Strawberries – hulled
    1/2 c – granulated sugar
    1/2 c – water
    2 Tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice

    After putting in all in the food processor to puree it you can make it seedless if you prefer by straining the mix. We left seeds in and it was perfect. Freeze for 4 hours and enjoy!!

  3. Sarah Rivera
    07.18.2012 at 5:40 AM #

    Heat wave antidote.

  4. Miranda
    07.18.2012 at 6:50 AM #

    I love strawberry pops with fresh chunks of strawberries. I’ve never tried making my own, but I would love to.

    • katiemorford
      07.18.2012 at 9:22 PM #

      Hi Miranda,
      Making your own is so easy. Have a peek at some of the other reader comments for some great ideas!

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    07.18.2012 at 6:50 AM #

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  7. Christina
    07.18.2012 at 7:18 AM #

    I literally just got the Tovolo molds from Amazon on Monday. I have not used them yet. I like to use my blender to blend strawberries, watermelon and oranges and then freeze them. Yum!

  8. Christina
    07.18.2012 at 7:28 AM #

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    07.18.2012 at 7:29 AM #

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  10. Jessica
    07.18.2012 at 7:46 AM #

    My boys LOVE to be creative when we make sweet treats! Add some plain greek yogurt, a bit of honey and any fruit we may have on hand. A new one we tried this week was cherry. Frozen (unsweetened) cherries, yogurt and a bit of almond extract. YUM!

    • katiemorford
      07.18.2012 at 8:26 AM #

      Love all the great ideas…especially these yogurt ones. Keep ‘em coming!

    • katiemorford
      07.18.2012 at 9:21 PM #

      I’m all over that. Frozen cherry yogurt pops. Mmmm.

  11. Hayley
    07.18.2012 at 9:05 AM #

    Frozen bananas (sometimes dipped in chocolate or hot chocolate mix if we are feeling really decadent) are a fav!

    • katiemorford
      07.18.2012 at 9:20 PM #

      Hi Hayley, I’ve never thought to dip them in hot cocoa mix. I like that. Thanks.

  12. Natalie
    07.18.2012 at 9:08 AM #

    My daughter loves when I fill our Popsicle molds will homemade chocolate pudding. Maybe not the healthiest, but I know what’s in them when they come from my kitchen!

    • katiemorford
      07.18.2012 at 9:20 PM #

      I’m sure they are loads better from what comes in the box! Good for you.

  13. 07.18.2012 at 9:35 AM #

    Strawberries and greek yogurt blended and frozen makes a great treat for me and the kids!

  14. 07.18.2012 at 9:35 AM #

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  15. Jill
    07.18.2012 at 9:52 AM #

    Hi Katie,
    I met you at Mary Ellen’s this year! I don’t have a recipe but I’d love one that would be like chocolate pudding pops :)
    Your newsletter is awesome!

    • katiemorford
      07.18.2012 at 9:19 PM #

      Hi Jill

      Thanks for chiming in. I love to hear from my readers!

      My understanding is you can make pudding pops simply by filling pop molds with pudding and freezing them. Can’t vouch for it since I haven’t done it, but worth a go. Here is a recipe from Smitten Kitchen for chocolate fudge pops I’d probably use low-fat milk instead of whole milk. Good luck!

  16. Lisa-Marie Haugmoen
    07.18.2012 at 12:49 PM #

    I take and freeze bananas as a summer treat! Would love to win the pop set! :.))

  17. Juanita
    07.18.2012 at 4:05 PM #

    We love anything with watermelon. In AZ, we have these frozen fruit bars (paletas) and my favorite is sandia (watermelon). I haven’t tried to make them myself, but just talking about them makes my mouth water. ^_^

    • katiemorford
      07.18.2012 at 9:12 PM #

      Juanita, There’s also a relatively new book out there called Paletas. You might like that. — Katie

  18. chelsea
    07.18.2012 at 5:54 PM #

    We are trying to add more whole foods into our diet and frozen pops are one of five items I vowe not to buy at the store anymore (along with cereal, bread,granola bars, and fruit snacks) ! I would love a homemade popscicle recipe book!

    I just made watermelon-mango pops this evening with my kids and they can’t wait to eat them! They check the freezer WAY to often to see if they have frozen completley.

    • katiemorford
      07.18.2012 at 7:30 PM #

      Good for you for your efforts to eat more whole foods. And yes, patience is hard when it comes to pops!

  19. amorette
    07.18.2012 at 7:37 PM #

    i love to make iced green tea with agave syrup and eat watermelon instead of sipping lots of water!

  20. amorette
    07.18.2012 at 7:38 PM #

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  21. Kristina
    07.18.2012 at 8:24 PM #

    Oooo! Yummy! I’ve been eyeing this book!

    Favorite heat buster- plain Greek yogurt w/ fresh berries frozen! Mmmm! And Easy too!

    Already a Facebook and email subscriber! :-)

    • katiemorford
      07.18.2012 at 9:11 PM #

      Thanks Kristina!

  22. 07.18.2012 at 9:54 PM #

    Thanks Katie, we just got on the popcicle kick as my LO had her tonsils out. We picked up the Norpro Silicone Ice Pop Maker Set and love it. They are brightly colored and a fun cone shape- our trick is to take the pop out and flip it upside down and then my toddler doesn’t have an Oops-Oh moment squeezing it out. All the juice fall to the bottom for drinking later too. **We put fresh fruit in the blender and add coconut water- so much better for you then ice cream.

    • katiemorford
      07.18.2012 at 9:59 PM #

      Hi Kim

      Love the coconut water idea, especially for summer with all that extra potassium. Good tips, too. Thanks.

  23. Elainen
    07.20.2012 at 10:00 PM #

    Smoothie pops- We just make our smoothie and pour in the pops and freeze!

  24. Elaine
    07.20.2012 at 10:04 PM #

    I love your ideas and your site and FB page.
    I just liked your FB page and subscribed to your posts!

  25. Tammy1409
    07.23.2012 at 12:55 PM #

    We love taking advantage of all the fresh summer produce–berries, peaches, watermelon–in our pops.

  26. Tammy1409
    07.23.2012 at 12:56 PM #

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    • katiemorford
      07.23.2012 at 1:25 PM #

      Welcome, Tammy!

  28. Betsy
    07.24.2012 at 5:33 PM #

    We love passion fruit greek yogurt layered with orange juice in our popsicles.

  29. carolina
    07.26.2012 at 4:27 AM #

    while it is not a pop, my favorite icy treat in the summer is buttermilk gelato – you can add any fresh summer fruit coulis as a topping and it is tangy and delicious. i would definitely try a pop recipe that combines greek yogurt and fruit but might spice it up with some fresh herbs from the garden…hello basil and lemon balm!!

  30. JackieK
    07.26.2012 at 5:43 AM #

    Love the idea of beet juice- very vibrant color and super sweet!

  31. Liz
    07.26.2012 at 11:38 AM #

    I love making melon granita. It’s so easy, too!

  32. Audrey
    07.28.2012 at 9:06 AM #

    I want to try making frappucino pops!

    • katiemorford
      07.28.2012 at 9:35 AM #

      I’m posting a recipe along those lines on Monday

  33. Audrey
    07.28.2012 at 9:07 AM #

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  34. Lori
    07.29.2012 at 4:28 PM #

    My daughter likes lemonade popsicles. They don’t stain clothes when they drip

    • katiemorford
      07.29.2012 at 9:42 PM #

      Good point!

  35. Xirone
    11.28.2013 at 11:54 AM #

    MMM sounds good to me. I’m now into cooking instead of playing tag with my older brother.
    My mom loves my cooking right now.

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