Healthier Recipe for Homemade Bomb Pops

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This is a delicious recipe for a classic, childhood favorite bomb pops popsicles! Made with whole ingredients, they’re creamy, colorful, and flavorful! These popsicles are perfect for celebrating the 4th of July and a great summer treat. Also, check out our guide to making the best popsicles!

Striped red white and blue popsicle with strawberries, blueberries on a bowl of ice.

I still remember running outside when I heard the ice cream truck circling through our neighborhood. My popsicle of choice was the classic bomb pop popsicle. I wanted to create a homemade version of this popsicle to share with my kids and for a fun 4th of July treat.

Bomb pop popsicles striped red white and blue.

This recipe uses fresh fruit and yogurt. It’s sweetened with a little sugar, you can always use honey, and flavored with whole ingredients. That’s the benefit of making your own bomb pop popsicles!

The popsicles consist of three red, white, and blue layers. The blue layer does have more of a purple color because, well blueberries aren’t so blue when you blend them up!

Strawberry and blueberry popsicles striped on ice with strawberries and blueberries.

We experimented with a few different options to try and make the layer natural blue color, but nothing seemed worth the extra trouble since we want these to be easy.

If you really want a super blue flavor, food coloring really is the best way. However, you can leave it more of a purple hue as we did.

How to Make Bomb Pops

Ingredients to make bomb pop popsicles.

Red Popsicle Layer

The red layer is made with strawberries, cornstarch lemon juice, and sugar.

So the cornstarch helps keep them creamy! I use it in my ice cream recipes too, like this raspberry cheesecake swirl.

Strawberries with sugar in a bowl.
Red strawberry popsicle mix.

White Popsicle Layer

The white layer is made with vanilla yogurt and milk. You can use coconut milk, almond milk, or whole milk. It also has sugar and cornstarch.

Cream and milk in a blender.

Blue Popsicle Layer

The blue (purple if we’re being honest!) layer is made with blueberries, sugar, cornstarch, and a little milk. Almond or coconut milk.

Blueberries with cornstarch in a white bowl.

Blend all of the ingredients together in a blender until smooth.

Blueberry popsicle mix

Making Bomb Pop Popsicles

Once you have all of the simple ingredients prepared, these are really easy to make.

Make each one of the layers separately and store it in a container with a spout. To make the layers just blend the ingredients in a blender on high until they are fully blended and smooth.

Red popsicle mix in a popsicle mold.

Creating Layers

Each layer has to freeze, so pour the first layer in the popsicle mold and then freeze for 30 minutes. Then add in the next layer and freeze. Continue until you reach the top.

Red white and blue popsicle molds.

Add the popsicle stick in before you reach the middle of the mold to freeze in place.

Pouring purple popsicle mold into a striped popsicle.

Choose whatever layer pattern you want. Classic bomb pop popsicles are three layers of red, white and blue. We did a few layers of red and white and then all blue at the bottom.

making bomb pops

Bomb Pop Popsicle Mold

We used this one and it worked perfectly. Instead of adding the plastic purple back into the popsicle, we used wooden popsicle sticks.

However, we’ve made popsicles with this mold recently for the kids and used the sticks it comes with. They work really well and have a little area to catch drips.

Bomb pops in a star mold striped red white and blue.

Tips for Making Popsicles

Make sure to leave about 1/4″ space at the top of the mold for the popsicle to expand. 

When juice and water freezes, it expands. If the juice and ice expand over the mold, it makes the removal of the lid on the mold harder. Also, you don’t get a clean edge to your popsicle.

star shaped popsicle mold

More 4th of July Recipes You’ll Love

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Refreshing Watermelon 4th of July Cocktail

American Flag Cupcake Cake

Red, White and Blue 4th of July Jello Shots

Bomb pops over ice.

More Popsicle Recipes You’ll Love

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Peachy Mango Protein Popsicles

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close up of a homemade bomb pop popsicle.

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Bomb Pops Popsicle Recipe

A healthier version of the classic Bomb Pops. These are made with fresh fruit and whole ingredients. They're creamy and delicious!
4.80 from 10 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
1 day
Total Time: 1 day 15 minutes
Servings: 6 Popsicles
Calories: 147kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

Red Layer

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, tops removed, washed and cleaned.
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar , you can also use honey
  • 1 tsp lemon juice, fresh-squeezed
  • 1/2 tsp cornstarch

White Layer

  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup milk, coconut, almond or whole milk
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cornstarch

Blue Layer

  • 1/2 cup blueberries, washed and cleaned
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar , you can also use honey
  • 1 cup milk, coconut, almond or whole
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • blue dye , optional

Instructions

  • Start with the white layer and blend the ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  • Pour into a bowl or container with a spout and store in the refrigerator.
  • Wash the blender and make the red layer blening until smooth.
  • Pour into a container with a spout.
  • Lastly, make the blue layer blending until smooth.
  • Next, pour the red layer in first, then freeze for 20 minutes.
  • Continue adding layers and freezing between each layer, before adding another layer over the top.
  • Add the popsicle stick in when you get 1/2 through the mold.
  • Once the mold is full freeze over night.
  • To remove the popsicles, run the mold under warm water until it easily releases.

Nutrition

Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 49mg | Potassium: 235mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 141IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 135mg | Iron: 1mg
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8 thoughts on “Healthier Recipe for Homemade Bomb Pops”

  1. How far in advance could you leave the mixture in the fridge before actually assembling and freezing? Taking these to the lake house, and I don’t want the colors melting en route, but I’d also like to prep as much as possible! TIA!

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    • Hi! I would only store the mix for one day, so the day before. Then freeze the next day. Good idea to prep for these because they can be a little time consuming waiting for each layer to freeze!

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