“Say you will be there.” —Spice Girls
Though us '90s kids are now old enough to be what we wanted to be when we grew up, there’s nothing wrong with slurping down SunnyD instead of morning coffee or listening to a whole Spice Girls album instead of a podcast. Even if you did turn out to be an astronaut after all.
Food is the ultimate #TBT. Flavors trigger memories that muster feelings of everything from a special family vacation to a life-changing summer job and even a first kiss. These popsicles will take you back to when lunches came in boxes, candy stores were considered the local hot spot, and Capri Sun flowed like the Mississippi.
It doesn’t take anything too fancy, like an ice cream maker, to get a taste of your past. All you’ll need is a Popsicle mold, some sticks, and ingredients typically kept in stock at home. And the recipes are as easy as a Saturday morning spent watching cartoons. Grab your jelly sandals, your best scrunchie, and spandex shorts and hang that poster of JTT back on those walls. You’re invited to a '90s popsicle party. Time warp with our recipes ahead.
Dunkaroos were our first party dip. Indulge in every school lunch’s favorite dessert any time of the day and keep your diet-conscious adulthood happy with limited sugar.
1 cup Greek vanilla yogurt
½ cup milk
1 tsp honey or maple syrup
Combine yogurt, milk, honey or maple syrup, and sprinkles in a small bowl until incorporated and smooth.
Fill popsicle molds with mixture halfway and add animal crackers. Fill up the other half and add more animal crackers. (One popsicle can hold up to four. Feel free to break them in half.)
Insert popsicle sticks and let set in freezer for a minimum of four hours. To release the popsicles, run the mold under hot water for 3 to 5 seconds. They should come right out.
Capri Sun Fruit Punch Popsicles
Relive pool parties and the glory days of tankinis with Capri Sun popsicles that require zero effort.
2 pouches of Capri Sun Fruit Punch (about 2 cups)
Pour Capri Sun into molds. Add fruit. Place popsicle sticks in center.
Let popsicles set in the freezer for a minimum of four hours. To release the popsicles, run the mold under hot water for 3 to 5 seconds. They should come right out.
Strawberry-Raspberry Pop Rock Popsicles
This fruit-based popsicle is enclosed in a chocolate shell of everything that was good as a kid (and still is): chocolate and candy. A bite into these and you’ll get a burst of fresh fruit and the entertaining fizz of Pop Rocks on the tongue.
1 cup strawberries, sliced
½ cup raspberries
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tsp lemon juice
3 tbsp water
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 packet Pop Rocks (optional)
1 packet Nerds (optional)
In a blender or food processor, combine strawberries, raspberries, maple syrup, lemon juice, and water. Mix until thoroughly combined.
Pour mix into popsicle molds and let set in the freezer for a minimum of four hours. To remove, run molds under hot water for 3 to 5 seconds.
When the popsicles have frozen, melt semi-sweet chocolate chips in a double boiler or in a metal mixing bowl over a pot of boiling water. (You can also melt the chocolate in the microwave.) Stir with a rubber spatula until completely smooth.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Take a frozen popsicle and dip it into the melted chocolate. Lay it on the parchment paper and sprinkle with Pop Rocks and Nerds. Repeat with the next three and place back in the freezer to harden for another 10 to 20 minutes. Enjoy!