Beat the summer heat with these quick and easy creamy milk popsicles. Made with everyday ingredients, you’ll love them unconditionally!
Are you one of those who absolutely loathe milk but also know the benefits of drinking milk so forcibly gulp down a glass everyday anyway?
Or are you, like me, an ardent lover of milk?
Either ways, you can’t not like these delicious, creamy milk popsicles. Made with exactly 5 ingredients, these fudgy milk delights are quick and delightful – especially for a hot summer day. They don’t take more than 15 minutes of your time and can be customized infinitely! Think chocolate / strawberry / apple / banana / butterscotch etc.
But for starters, let’s just see how to make a basic version of the milk popsicles – that you can flavor with your favorite spices / extracts.
Milk Popsicles (Indian Paal Ice) – Printable Recipe
- 2 cups Whole Milk (*read Note 1)
- ¼ cup Sugar (adjust for sweetness)
- 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
- 1 Tablespoon Milk Power or Condensed Milk (*read Note 2)
- ½ teaspoon Cardamom Powder (*read Note 3)
- Popsicle Molds or small disposable Plastic cups and ice cream sticks
- If you want a creamier version, you can substitute half of the milk for cream as well.
- Milk powder or condensed milk enhances the flavor and creaminess of the popsicles. If you don't have them on hand, you can skip using them
- Because I'm making an Indian-inspired version of the milk popsicles, I've used Cardamom powder. You can use any flavor of your choice (Vanilla / Cinnamon / Nutmeg etc.) Just use subtle flavors so as to not overpower the flavor of the milk.
- Reserve ¼ cup of the milk.
- Bring remaining milk and sugar to a gentle boil on medium heat. Keep stirring frequently to avoid the sugar from burning.
- Once the sugar has melted into the milk, keep boiling for another 10 minutes - stirring constantly - to reduce the milk mixture by about a third. This will make the Popsicle creamier.
- Meanwhile, mix the cornstarch with the reserved milk well to form a smooth paste. Add the mixture slowly into the milk mixture while stirring constantly on medium heat.
- Continue to stir until the mixture thickens into a custard. You know it is done when - a) the raw smell of cornstarch disappears. And b) when you dip a spoon into the mixture, it should coat the back of the spoon.
- Add the flavor of your choice (cardamom / vanilla etc.) and mix well. Switch of the flame.
- Keep stirring for about 5 minutes to get rid of the steam and cool down the mixture.
- Most importantly, pass the mixture through a sieve to catch any lumps. You should have a smooth, thick liquid.
- Once the mixture has cooled down considerably, fill each Popsicle mold by about ¾th of the way full. Close with the lid.
- Place in the freezer to set completely. It should take anywhere between 3-6 hours.
- To remove, run tap water on the back surface of the pospicles molds. This will loosen up the popsicles and you can easily (and very gently), pop them out.
- Enjoy as is or drizzle chocolate sauce or any topping of your choice.
- Fill the mixtures on disposable plastic cups (3/4th of the way full).
- Cover the cups tightly with aluminum foil.
- With a pin of a thin knife, gently make a cut in the center of the foil.
- Slide the ice cream sticks into the cut.
- Freeze until the mixture is set.
- To remove, either tear away the disposable cup around the Popsicle, OR dip in some water constantly to loosen up and pop it out.
- Either store them in the molds. Or if they take up too much space, add them to any freezer friendly container and freezer. They stay well upto 3 days. After that, although they don't spoil, they lose their freshness, so I don't recommend.
Milk Popsicles (Indian Paal Ice) – Step by Step Recipe
Boil the milk. Add sugar. Let it dissolve. Keep stirring and boiling until you reduce the mixture by about a third.
Mix cornstarch with milk to form a smooth paste. Add this to the milk mixture.
Constantly keep stirring until the mixture thickens into a custard. Add the flavor of your choice (cardamom / cinnamon / nutmeg / vanilla etc.) and mix well. Switch off the flame.
Pour into Popsicle molds upto 3/4th of the way. Close them with the lids. (Read the printable recipe for an alternative way to make these if you don’t have popsicle molds). Place in the freezer until they set completely.
Once they are set, remove, run tap water on the back side and gently pop out the milk popsicles and enjoy!
Some frozen delights to enjoy this summer –