Not sure if it's collective consciousness or if it's just the fact that it's the middle of summer and it's hot as hell in most of the lower 48, but popsicle are popping up everywhere. Even in my house!
No, I haven't ditched my beloved ice cream maker, but I have been whipping up pops quite a bit lately. So, much so that I broke down and bought some star-shaped popsicle molds. But little Dixie Cups and wooden popsicle sticks (or plastic spoons, as seen below) will work just fine.
Here's what I like about popsicles: unlike ice cream (which you really do want creamy and smooth, and this means fat), popsicles can be icy (this means no or low-fat) and still have a satisfying consistency. No one ever complained that their Icee Pop had ice crystals!
The other things I like about poscicles are that they're simple to make and the varieties are endless. Have left over smoothie? Pour it in a mold. Have too much coffee? Poor it in a mold. Have yogurt about to go out of date? Pour it in a mold. Have pudding? Pour. It. In. A. Mold.
Ideas from around the web:
Strawberry-Yogurt Popsicles - Strawberries have passed, but summer fruits are at their prime.
Ice Pop Recipes - Check the comments on this Serious Eats thread for ideas.
Sliceable Popsicles in a Loaf Pan - For when you don't even have Dixie Cups.
A Month of Popsicle Recipes - Never get bored.
Vietnamese Coffee Popsicles - Even David Lebovitz, the king of ice cream, makes pops.
Popsicles on Tastspotting - Always a good place to browse.