• Summer popsicles (Bondi Harvest)Source: Bondi Harvest
From popsicles and paletas to icy poles and ice-creams, chill out with these milky treats and dairy-free delights.
9 Feb 2021 - 9:24 PM  UPDATED 26 Feb 2021 - 9:57 AM

Milky ice pops

Let's kick off with a classic. These three-ingredient popsicles (just milk, cream and chocolate) can be made with white, dark or milk chocolate (and if they’re for adults, try adding a tablespoon of your favourite liqueur – coconut liqueur with white chocolate, Cointreau with dark chocolate to make a jaffa flavour, or a coffee liqueur with milk chocolate for mocha ice pops). You can also dip them in melted chocolate if you love that cold crunch. 

Milky ice pops

Pina colada popsicles

"These are the popsicle equivalent of the quintessential cocktail and are a perfect summer treat for adults (or hold the rum to make them kid-friendly), and they couldn't be easier to whip up. I use freshly squeezed pineapple and lime juice, and I always squeeze a little extra as a special drink for myself. These pina colada popsicles are insanely delicious; I promise they will wow," says Sam Linsell of these indulgent popsicles. 

Kulfi lollies

"Kulfi, a traditional Indian ice-cream, takes hours to make. This is my great shortcut, using condensed milk and cream to create sweet creamy ice-blocks with lovely flavour," says Parveen Ashraf. "Once you’ve mastered the technique of making the kulfi, you can diversify. Sometimes I make it with just plain rosewater. Other times I make a plain almond one. Whatever the flavour, I promise you it will taste good."

Kulfi lollies

Dairy-free Black Forest popsicles

"You know Black Forest cake, right? That delicious German creation stuffed with chocolate, cream and cherries? Well, this recipe is the same, except there’s no dairy and I skipped the maraschino cherries, which taste like cough syrup. Instead, I used a sour cherry compote and topped it all with dark chocolate shavings. I’m telling ya, this is good," says Gabriel Cabrera of these coconut milk-based pops. 

Matcha-avocado popsicles

Planning a picnic? "These icy poles freeze to be quite solid, and melt rather slowly, so they're surprisingly transportable (and picnic-friendly). You couldn't exactly cross the Nullarbor with them... but they’ll hold for a good hour when packed in an esky with frozen cooler pads in place," says Leanne Kitchen of these eye-catching icy poles. 

Coconut, lime and strawberry popsicles

When strawberries are at the end of their season, these popsicles are a good way to use those last, tired-looking ones. Make them with coconut milk and water for a dairy-free version, or exchange the water for milk, if dairy isn't an issue for you. 

Coffee ice-cream (kem cà phê)

These popsicles embrace the characteristic sweetness of syrupy iced coffees served in Vietnam.

Vietnamese coffee ice cream is spiced with cardamom and cinnamon, and sweetened with condensed milk.

Mango gelato with cheat's praline

Make this creamy dessert as popsicles or, if you have an ice-cream maker, churn and freeze to serve in mini cones. Roll in crushed sugar arlmonds to serve. 

Hot days call for cool treats.

Praline peanut butter pops

No popsicle moulds? No problem. You don't need moulds for these pops: Freeze the creamy white choc, cream and peanut butter mixture in a slab, insert popsicles, dredge in praline and you've got a cool treat ready to go (or freeze for up to two months).

Watermelon ice blocks with dark chocolate drizzle

And this one is even easier! One of the many delicious ideas Sarah Graham whips up in Sarah Graham's Food Safari, these watermelon ice-blocks pair chunks of frozen fruit with a chocolate sauce and a scattering of nuts.

Homemade lemonade and tropical fruit ice pops

And sticking with fabulous fruit, here's another idea, a quick and easy popsicle that you can make with whatever mix of tropical fruit you have on hand: try papaya, pineapple, mango, star fruit, lychee, kiwi or passionfruit.

Homemade lemonade and tropical fruit ice pops

Yoghurt berry icy poles

Get creative with your shapes - try old jelly moulds or small glasses. 

Yoghurt berry icy poles

Tamarind and chilli ice blocks (paletas de tamarindo y chile)

Looking for some zing? These ice blocks are a sweet, sour and spicy Mexican sweet made using just three ingredients: tamarind pulp, sugar and chilli flakes. 

Summer popsicles

Three options here from Guy Turland, all vegan: mango and raspberry lassi; berry kombucha and chia seed; or dark chocolate. 

Summer popsicles

Pine-avocado ice pops

Just three ingredients - pineapple, avocado and milk (or dairy-free milk) - come together in these easy popsicles. 

Pine avo pops

Blueberry and coconut paddle pops

These are dairy-free and delicious!

Looking for more ideas? Take a look at the icy treat recipe collection

Plenty of popsicles
Rose-flavoured kulfi

Kulfi is a classic Indian dessert - an ice cream that is rich and decadent. Kulfi can be made in a variety of different flavours (mango, pistachio and rose being the most popular) and the good news is, it's easy to make and does not require a lot of complicated steps.

Cardamom ice block (Kulfi)

The subcontinent’s favourite ice cream, kulfi is cleansing, cooling and invigorating. 
It is flavoured with beautiful spices from its Persian origins, and can also contain fruit such as mango or banana. 

Mango, rum and young coconut ice blocks

Based on the idea of a mango daiquiri, this is a wonderfully refreshing (and slightly boozy) grown up ice block — perfect for hot summer days. You will need to use mangoes that are very sweet and almost too ripe to give you the right flavour.

Prosecco ice pops with raspberry and vanilla

Grab your cossie (or swimsuit for non-Aussies) and your swan inflatable and float around the pool with one of these sweet icy pops in your hand. You'll be the talk of the town!

Blood orange margarita ice blocks with lime salt

You will need ice-block moulds and paddlepop sticks for this recipe. Be creative and make use different shaped moulds for some kitsch fun.