Bomb Pops


Easy homemade version of America's favorite popsicle

Stay away from the sugar and high fructose corn syrup this Summer and instead make your own bomb pops with cherry, lime and blue raspberry layers.

My favorite summer-time popsicle is the Bomb Pop or as some call it the Rocket Pop. Along with the fudgesicle, it is a tasty treat to keep you cool when the sun is blazing outside.

a bunch of bomb pops in a tray with ice cubes

This classic patriotic popsicle is an American icon. Three flavors layered in a red, white and blue colors and shaped like a rocket or a bomb. It has been a favorite frozen treat for kids since the 1950s.

Whether you buy your bomb pops from the grocery store or the ice cream truck, all of them are loaded with sugar and high fructose corn syrup. This homemade bomb pop recipe is sugar-free but still is deliciously sweet and flavored with the true flavors – cherry, lime and blue raspberry.

How to make bomb pops

  1. Make a “sugar” water base of the ice pops by combining a powder sweetener into water.
  2. Red layer: Combine 1 1/4 cups of the sweetened water with cherry flavor extract and red food coloring. Pour into a rocket popsicle mold and freeze for 2 hours.
  3. White layer: Combine 3/4 cups of “sugar” water with 1/4 cup heavy cream or coconut milk and lime flavoring. Pour on top of frozen red layer and freeze for 2 hours.
  4. Blue layer: Combine 1 1/4 cups of the simple syrup base with blue raspberry extract and blue food coloring. Pour on top of frozen white layer. Freeze at least 4 hours or overnight.

five bomb popsicles on the outer with red, white and blue layers


Key ingredients

  • Water – Since we are making popsicles, we use water as our base liquid vessel.
  • Sweetener – I like to make sugar-free bomb pops, so I use a sugar-free sweetener. Make sure you use powdered or confectioner’s sweetener as it dissolved more readily in the water. If you choose to use granulated sugar free sweetener, you will have to heat the simple syrup over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
  • Flavor extracts – For the cherry flavor layer, we use cherry extract. Lime layer, we use lime flavoring. And blue layer, we use blue raspberry extract.
  • Cream – To achieve a creamy white layer to the rocket pops, we use heavy cream. Coconut cream or milk can also be used if you are vegan or dairy free.
  • Food coloring – Red and blue food dyes are added to color the layers.

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Popsicle molds

You can use any popsicle mold for this recipe; however to get the classic rocket shape, you will want to find some molds that mimic that bomb shape. Check Amazon or Bed Bath and Beyond.

In a pinch you could go the dixie cup and popsicle stick route. That is truly the American way. LOL!

four patriotic popsicles on a marble counter


Even the makers of the original bomb popsicles have different flavors. You don’t have to stick with the original cherry, lime and blue raspberry flavors. Try mixing it up with different flavors and colors.

Perhaps a strawberry layer or maybe a coconut layer?

Storage information

These are frozen popsicles, so obviously they should be stored in the freezer. They will stay fresh in the freezer for up to 1-2 months (especially if kept in the original popsicle mold. If you keep them in a freezer bag, they may form freezer burn on them soon after.

Bomb Pops: FAQS

What is a bomb pop?

A patriotic popsicle invented in the 1950s with red, white and blue layers and a shape like a bomb or rocket. Also called a rocket pops.

What flavors are in a bomb pop?

The flavors in a classic bomb pop are cherry, lime and blue raspberry. However, they have added other flavors such as Jolly Rancher, Warheads, watermelon and others.

How many calories are in a bomb pop?

In the original bomb pop, there are 40 calories per popsicle.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Bomb Pops

Servings: 10

Amount Per Serving
Calories 24
Fat 2.4g
Protein 0.1g
Total Carbs 0.1g
Net Carbs 0.1g

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  1. I love your recipes!!!! I made these and forget to put the “holders/sticks” in until the second/middle step. May I ask how you got you “holders/sticks” in and still have room to add the other two colors? Thank you, T

    1. My sticks only went into the first layer, but you can freeze for 30-45 minutes with the first or second layer then add the sticks and continue freezing until hardened.

      1. I’m sorry I don’t understand what you mean. I made these and I was unable to get the stick in after the first and second layer froze. If I put the sticks in with the first layer, I can’t add the other 2 layers as the stick/handle will be in the way.

        1. I see what you are saying. It depends on the popsicle mold you have. The one I have, I could free the first two layers without the stick having to go through them. If you sticks are longer, you will have to add the stick with each layer, then take it out after it freezes for about 30-60 minutes – just enough to get the mold of the popsicle stick in there. Pull the stick out, continue freezing until fully set. Then put the stick back in and pour in the next layer. Freeze, pull out stick after it is semi set again and repeat.

          1. Ok, this answers my question because my sticks are long. I am going to make them today.

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