Simple Jello Popsicle Recipe

Make Your Own for Pennies

Close-Up Of Multi Colored popsicles
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Popsicles are fun frozen treats that kids love, though the costs can add up. You can save money by learning how to make them at home and this Jello popsicle recipe is a great place to begin. They are simple and delicious, can be customized with your family's favorite flavors, and cost just pennies to make.


For homemade popsicles, you will need a box of your favorite gelatin in any flavor you choose.

There's no need to buy the name brand Jell-O, either. Store brands work just as well and can often be found for a fraction of the price.

Beyond the gelatin, the recipe requires nothing more than boiling water and cold water, along with a small amount of sugar.

For supplies, you will need a saucepan and measuring cup. While you can use a popsicle mold, paper cups work just as well and the paper can be peeled off when it's time to eat. The only other thing you need is a few popsicle sticks so the kids can enjoy their treat without getting sticky.


To make your own Jello popsicles, begin by bringing 1 cup water to a boil. Stir in one box of gelatin and 1 tablespoon of sugar, making sure that all of the sugar is dissolved. Finish it up by stirring in 1 cup of cool water.

Pour this mixture into popsicle molds or paper cups, add the sticks, and freeze them. This recipe will yield between four and six finished popsicles, depending on the size of your mold.

Choose Your Jell-O

This recipe is so easy that it begs to be played with and the possibilities are almost endless. One of the easiest changes you can make is switching out the gelatin flavor. Strawberry, blueberry, or any other berry-flavored gelatin are sure hits with kids. Banana, lemon, and lime are some other favorites they might like as well.

Create Layers

If you want to get really crafty, try creating layered popsicles. It's also a great way to double or triple the number of popsicles you get.

Choose two or three different gelatin flavors and mix them up one at a time. Fill your molds only part of the way with the first batch, place them in the freezer, and allow the popsicles to set up a little so the next layer doesn’t mix too much with the first. Then mix up the next batch of gelatin and pour it on top. Continue this process until the molds are full, then let the popsicles freeze completely.  

Don’t worry too much if your gelatin does run together because it can be tricky to get perfect layers. When the gelatin layers integrate, it can create some fun swirls and you’ll have a colorful popsicle that tastes just as great.

Add Fruit

To increase the nutritional value, you can add chopped fruit to your popsicles. Berries and bananas are some of the easiest and they’ll taste great with almost any flavor.

Simply make sure to cut the fruit up as fine as possible. Also, wait to add the fruit until the gelatin is partially set up. If you add the fruit right away, it will likely sink to the bottom of the mold.