Make these easy and healthy pawtriotic pupsicles for the Fourth.
I can hardly believe we’re just a few days away from the Fourth of July. In my family, the Fourth means lots of strawberry-rhubarb pie, sparklers, and a backyard barbecue. Oh, and Pop-Its! Who else still loves Pop-Its? Honestly, is there a better stress-reliever? I might need it, too, because I’ve promised to bring this cake to our Fourth celebration. Wish me luck!
Even though Dave and Lizzie are big fans of backyard barbecues, the Fourth can be a little traumatic for them because of all the loud fireworks. So, I’m hoping to make their holiday a little sweeter with some pup-friendly Rocket Pops. Not only are they fun and patriotic, they’re also chock-full of healthy ingredients that are good for dogs—antioxidant-rich berries and calcium-packed nonfat yogurt.
We ran through a few test runs to get the berry color combo to a perfectly festive red, white, and blue look. I’m pretty happy with how they turned out, but the dogs were REALLY happy. (See Dave’s face above!) I think this recipe will be a keeper.
Instructions to make the popsicles and more pictures are below. Have a fun and safe Fourth, everyone!
RECIPE: DIY ROCKET POPS FOR DOGS
Try this pup-friendly spin on a summery classic. Makes one batch.
Prep Time: 10 Minutes. | Freeze Time: Four Hours.
Proportions are based on this 3 oz. popsicle mold. If you use one of the larger molds below, you’ll need to adjust the amounts.
1.5 cups of fresh strawberries
1.5 cups of fresh blackberries
1/2 cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
1 cup water
1 set of popsicle molds - we used this one, but shop similar models below the recipe
1) Rinse strawberries and remove stems. Slice into halves.
2) Add sliced strawberries and 1/4 cup water into blender and puree until smooth.
3) Pour strawberry puree into popsicle molds until each is roughly 1/3 full. Be careful not to allow mixture to run along the sides of the mold.
4) Without adding popsicle stick, place the partially-filled molds in a freezer and allow to freeze until hard—around one hour.
5) While the strawberry layer is freezing, blend 1/2 cup of unsweetened, nonfat Greek yogurt with 1/2 cup of water.
6) When strawberry layer is hard, evenly divide yogurt layer between molds or until each is 2/3 full.
7) Since your layers will likely reach the popsicle stick at this point, insert popsicle sticks into molds and place in freezer so yogurt layer will freeze around the stick. Allow to freeze until hardened—around one hour.
8) While yogurt layer is freezing, blend blackberries with 1/4 cup of water until smooth.
9) Remove frozen popsicles from freezer and carefully slide popsicle sticks out of molds. You’ll need to replace them after you add the blackberry layer.
10) Evenly divide blackberry layer between molds so that the popsicle completely fills the mold.
11) Replace popsicle sticks in their previous positions and place filled molds in the freezer.
12) Allow to freeze at least 2 hours or until completely hardened.
13) To remove popsicles from molds, run mold under hot water to loosen.
14) Enjoy with your dog!