Is there anything better than enjoying an icy cold popsicle on a hot summer’s day? How about a homemade popsicle made from pickle juice?
Yes, pickle juice! It might sound a little nuts, but homemade pickle popsicles are majorly trending right now, and for good reason. They are light, flavorful and healthy — in fact, some research has shown that pickle juice can even help to prevent muscle cramps and keep blood sugar levels in check. That explains why so many athletes love the stuff.
Here is the best part about these homemade pickle pops: They are so beyond easy to make! All you need is pickle juice (such as the juice leftover from the half-eaten jar of pickles you have had in your fridge since President Obama was in office … wait, is that just me?!), and granulated sugar. You can find the entire how-to video on Delish.com.
For an even stronger pickle-y flavor, you can also include pickle slices. If you don’t have pickle slices, you can cut whole pickles into thin slices yourself.
If you are concerned about processed sugar, or you want a little less pickle flavor, you might consider this alternative pickle popsicle recipe from Health magazine. It is made with honey, so you can avoid the white sugar that is used in the Delish.com recipe. It also includes a whole cucumber (chopped up, of course) instead of pickles. Although it still does include a cup of pickle juice, so it still packs plenty of pickle-punch!
The best part of making homemade popsicles is how you play around with the ingredients and tailor the recipe to meet your own personal palate — whether you want to try peanut butter pickle popsicles (yes, really!) or you want to go the traditional route!
Of course, you could always cheat and buy your pickle pops pre-made, such as Bob’s Pickle Pops from Walmart. These are great for athletes on the go, whether you are training for a marathon or you want to rehydrate the kiddos after a long Little League game in the hot sun.