1poundfresh strawberries, stems removed and halved
OTHER - Fresh Fruit
FOR THE LEMONADE
in a small saucepan bring the sugar and 1 cup of water to a low boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves completely. Remove from heat. Carefully transfer the prepared simple syrup and fresh squeeze lemon juice to a large pitcher. Dilute with water until desired sweetness is reached (I prefer my lemonade less sweet, so I added extra water). Start with 4 cups and move up from there.
FOR THE ROASTED STRAWBERRIES
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Transfer sliced strawberries to lined baking sheet and toss with sugar. Roast for 25-30 minutes.
While the strawberries are roasting prepare additional fresh fruits to go in your popsicles. In these pops I put in blueberries and kiwi, but feel free to use your fav. Make it super fun for the kiddos by cutting out star or flower shapes.
With strawberries roasted, fruit prepared and lemonade ready, make your pops!
PREPARE THE POPSICLES
I build my popsicles in layers. Fill each popsicle mild 1/3 way with lemonade and drop in a few fruit pieces. Continue by filling each popsicle mold 1/3 way more and add more fruit. Finally, finish by filling each mold with lemonade. Freeze for at least 4-8 hours (I waited until the next day).
For easy removal, run the popsicle mold under warm water for approximately 10 seconds. The popsicles should slide right out!