The only thing more refreshing than a big cup of iced coffee on a hot summer day is a coffee popsicle – assuming, of course, that you’re looking to have something with a little caffeine in it as your refresher! These coffee popsicles are easy to make and are probably a little bit better than the popsicles that you got from the ice cream truck as a kid, since they are made with all natural ingredients.
The mix for the popsicles is made with strong coffee, milk, sugar and a touch of vanilla. The finished popsicle is a bit like a plain coffee ice blended drink – good coffee and cream flavors, and a hint of sweetness. You can make it with brewed coffee, espresso or even instant coffee dissolved in hot water, and can alter the ratio of coffee-to-milk to suit your tastes. I also find that foods don’t taste quite as sweet when they are frozen, so I always make this mix a little bit sweeter than I would if I were drinking it hot, and recommend that you do the same for the best results.
I have a variety of popsicle molds in my collection, but you can easily make your own popsicles without a mold by following this tutorial if you don’t have any but want to try these on a hot day!
Homemade Coffee Popsicles
2/3 cup strong brewed coffee, cold
2/3 cup milk (pref. whole)
1/3 – 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, or to taste*
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk very thoroughly until all confectioners’ sugar has been dissolved. Add more sugar to taste, if necessary.
Pour into popsicle molds and allow to freeze until solid, approx. 4-6 hours.
Makes about 4 popsicles, depending on the mold sizes
*Note: You can also dissolve regular sugar into hot coffee, but be sure to let it cool before using it to make your popsicles.