By Julia Malacoff

Published on June 8, 2016

Photography by THE DESIGN CONFIDENTIAL

Way easier to make at home than ice cream, these cool treats are sure to be crowd pleasers at your next get-together. Popsicles are a go-to summer dessert, and recipes now venture way beyond the average fruit-only versions you grew up with. Armed with a blender and a popsicle mold, the world of sophisticated ice pops is yours. Here, find 52 unusual recipes for fancy frozen goodness.

 
Tropical Tequila Sunrise Poptails

Popsicle + cocktail = poptail. Genius.

Photography by BOJON GOURMET

Tayberry, Rose Geranium and Buttermilk Popsicles

Never heard of tayberries? They’re a raspberry-blackberry hybrid that has a slight rose flavor. Sounds pretty sophisticated to us.

Photography by ERICA RAX

Lemongrass Coconut Popsicles

The combo of lemongrass and coconut is reminiscent of Thai curry, making this a perfectly refreshing dessert after a spicy meal.

Photography by SUGAR AND CHARM

Watermelon Margarita Pops

These tasty pops are made with coconut cream, watermelon, and, of course, tequila!  Margaritas have never looked so pretty. 

Photography by DINNER WAS DELICIOUS

New Orleans-y Chicory Popsicles

Skip serving after dinner coffee and go straight for this coffee-infused idea instead.

Photography by TOP WITH CINNAMON

Malted Milk & Stracciatella Ice Cream Pops

Like a malted milkshake but way fancier. 

Photography by TAKE A MEGABITE

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Ice Pops

Rhubarb is one of summer’s best ingredients, and it looks absolutely delicious incorporated into these pie-inspired pops.

Photography by CHEESE GROTTO

Berry Beet Goat Cheese Pops

Hand these out as an appetizer instead of a beet and goat cheese salad; they’re both sweet and savory.

Photography by LE JUS D’ORANGE

Dragonfruit Coconut Popsicles

Impress your guests with these pops made from homemade coconut milk, which isn’t as hard to make as it sounds!

Photography by COOKIE DOUGH AND OVEN MITT

Boozy Sweet Peach Tea Popsicles

If you love the Southern specialty sweet tea, these popsicles with peach schnapps are for you. 

Photography by FOOD52

Blackberry, Rosemary and Yogurt Ice Pops

Incorporating a savory herb like rosemary into your dessert adds an unexpected dimension of flavor.

Photography by FIX FEAST FLAIR

Fancy Neopolitan Popsicles

These are the same idea as your favorite ice cream truck treat, but better because they have real fruit inside and they aren’t a mess to eat. 

Photography by THE LITTLE EPICUREAN

Whiskey Yogurt Fig Popsicles

These delicious pops are sweet but not sugary, and a hint of whiskey adds a little something extra to their taste.

Photography by FOOD52

Coconut Milk Ice Pops With Fresh Fruit and Herbs

Not only are these delicious, but they’re also healthy. That’s what we’d call a win-win. 

Photography by BROMA BAKERY

Blueberry Mojito Popsicles

Serve these in an ice bucket decorated with mint and blueberries, as shown, for a pretty presentation.

Photography by LEIGH BEISCH VIA EPICURIOUS

Prosecco Rose Petal Pops

Prosecco is even more refreshing in frozen form. Try these fun floral pops out out for any swanky affair.

Photography by MY NAME IS YEH

Matcha Mochi Yogurt Pops

If you love matcha lattes, here’s a creative way to incorporate this trendy ingredient into your dinner party menu.

Photography by GOOD LIFE EATS

Mint Chocolate Cheesecake Popsicles

If it just doesn’t feel like dessert without chocolate, make these tasty chocolate minty pops.

Photography by A COOKIE NAMED DESIRE

Spicy Rosemary Grapefruit Popsicles

Both spicy and sweet, these provide a delectable alternative to more traditional dessert flavors.

Photography by TWIN STRIPE

Strawberry Lemon Rosé Popsicles

These simple fruity pops give new meaning to the phrase “rosé all day.” 

Photography by FLOATING KITCHEN

Popsicles With Irish Cream Soaked Brownies

In this recipe, brownies are pre-soaked in Irish cream and then frozen inside a popsicle. Heads up: boozy pops tend to be on the softer side because of the alcohol content, so make sure to give your guests a plate or napkin to catch any drips!

Photography by DULA NOTES

Vegan Thai Peanut Popsicles

If you love thai peanut sauce, try these unusual and creamy pops. 

Photography by LADY AND PUPS

Figs and Ricotta Cheesecake Popsicles

Cheesecake on a stick. Need we say more?

Photography by BON APPETIT

Raspberry Peach Bellini Ice Pops

Serve these colorful pops as a creative aperitif before diving into the main courses. 

Photography by PASTRY AFFAIR

Roasted Strawberry Red Wine Popsicles

Incorporate your go-to red wine into this fruity and boozy dessert.

Photography by DOMU

Salted Peanut Chocolate Banana Ice Lollies

These pops contain the holy trinity of dessert ingredients: chocolate, peanut and banana. Plus, they take just minutes to make before you stick them in the freezer. 

Photography by JERRY JAMES STONE

Mango Lassi Popsicles

The perfect accompaniment for Indian food (or any cuisine, really).

Photography by RECLAIMING PROVINCIAL

French 75 Popsicles

An extra classy treat that you can enjoy on a stick.

Photography by COVET LIVING

Havana Mojito Popsicles

Here’s another option you can serve in place of, or alongside, traditional cocktails. 

Photography by RECIPE HEARTH

Bellini Popsicles With Edible Flowers

Edible flowers make everything better, and prettier. These gorgeous sweets are fitting for a celebratory backyard fête. 

Photography by THE PIG AND QUILL

Vegan Mexican Mocha Fudge Pops

These might look like your average chocolate popsicles on the outside, but on the inside they’ve got complex spice and coffee notes.

Photography by BON APPETIT

Apricot Rice Pudding Pops

Rice pudding: not that exciting. Rice pudding in a popsicle: impressive.

Photography by A COZY KITCHEN

Cherry Lambic and Cream Beer Popsicles

Alert: beer in popsicle form. This is not a drill. Please proceed to the nearest kitchen and make these ASAP. 

Photography by THE KITCHN

Chocolate Yogurt Ombre Popsicles

Ombre is chic in every iteration, whether it’s food, fashion or decor. Try these out for an elegant get-together.

Photography by GREEN KITCHEN STORIES

Marbled Watermelon Popsicles

Simple pops look fancy when you add in a marbled texture.

Photography by SASSY KITCHEN

Roasted Mirabelle Plum, Red Currant & Lemon Verbena Popsicles

Roasting fruit beforehand adds a whole new depth of flavor to your frozen masterpiece.

Photography by JERRY JAMES STONE

Tropical Avocado Popsicles

These tasty popsicles are yet another way to enjoy everyone’s favorite ingredient: avocado. 

Photography by COLEY COOKS

Lavender Peach Popsicles

Lavender and peach combine for a surprisingly delicious combo. Make sure to go light on the lavender for just an accent of the flavor. 

Photography by COOKING CLASSY

Watermelon Popsicles

When ingredients are pretty basic, a creative assembly can make them feel fancy, as shown with these adorable watermelon pops.

Photography by LADY AND PUPS

Ombre Salted Caramel Flan Popsicles

Easier to make than regular flan, and just as delicious. 

Photography by GIRLICHEF

Coconut Matcha Blueberry Popsicles

More matcha please! Theses stripey treats are as yummy as they are pretty. 

Photography by LA CREME DE LA CRUMB

Berry Lemonade Popsicles

Sometimes the simplest recipes turn out to be the most aesthetically pleasing. Case in point: these gorgeous pops with whole berries inside. 

Photography by THE SPECKLED PALATE

Spiced Rum Horchata Pops

Horchata is a perfect summer treat for backyard BBQ’s, and these pops are both spiked and vegan. 

Photography by THE CREPES OF WRATH

Berries and Glitter Pops

Make your dessert for an evening affair “glittery” with specks of white chocolate. 

Photography by COCO CAKE LAND

Earl Grey Milky Tea Popsicles with Grass Jelly

Milky Early Grey tea may seem like a wintery beverage, but in popsicle form it’s ideal for sweltering summer afternoons. 

Photography by DINEXDESIGN

Smoked Tomato Michelada Popsicle

With lots of hot sauce and a smoky flavor, it will be hard for guests to turn down these tangy and refreshing pops. 

Photography by GIRL VERSUS DOUGH

Paloma Popsicles

One of the easiest cocktails to make, palomas translate easily into just as simple, yet satisfying, popsicles. 

Photography by SHUTTERBEAN

Campari Cantaloupe Popsicles

Bittersweet liqueurs are an acquired taste, so cutting their flavor with a sweet melon like cantaloupe makes these sophisticated treats approachable for everyone.