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Arnold Palmer Ice Pops (aka Half & Half Pops)


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Freeze Your Arnold Palmer!

If you have never had that combo of half strong black iced tea and half lemonade, you are missing out – and in frozen form, such as these Arnold Palmer Ice Pops, it is refreshing to the nth degree!

On a hot summer day there is nothing more thirst quenching – and reviving, due to the gentle jolt of caffeine. You can, of course, alter the ratio, but pretty much 50/50 is how the drink got its other moniker “half and half” and the ratio works, if the tea is strong and the lemonade well sweetened, but not too much.

On the other hand some of you will know this drink as an “Arnold Palmer”.

Arnold Palmer Ice Pops in a pink and clear popsicle mold set, frozen solid

Minnie Palmer Rules

I do not play golf, nor do I watch it on TV. I did once have a very romantic encounter on a golf course after hours – in the snow! – with my husband when we were first dating, but I digress.

Just check out the beverage’s origination story at The story is all there.

Apparently Arnold used to have his wife, Winnie, make him the drink. Then sometime in the 1960s he asked a waitress in the Palm Springs area to bring him a beverage that was half iced tea and half lemonade, which is perhaps the first time it was mentioned in public.

The story goes that a nearby restaurant patron who heard him order said to the same waitress, “I’ll have that Arnold Palmer drink”.

Thank you Mr. Palmer. Or maybe it should be called The Winnie!

Arnold Palmer Ice Pops, unmolded and being held in hand

Rev Up or Chill Out?

You can make these with caffeinated black tea or decaffeinated, your choice. I like the caffeine version because it is cut down due to the lemonade and so you just get a nice moderate nudge; wakes up the brain.

Note on Popsicle Molds

Popsicle molds can be found everywhere, from dollar stores, to Wal-Mart to supermarkets to fancier stores like Bed, Bath & Beyond. They can be picked up for less than $5 (I have found some for $1.99!) to much pricier ones bordering on $50.

They often provide the receptacles to make 6 pops, but sometimes it is 4 or even individual.

So the problem for the recipe developer is that the recipe will make a certain amount and it might not divide equally into your popsicle molds. Just be prepared to be a little flexible.

Typically molds will vary in volume from about ⅓ cup to 2/3 cup (75 ml to 165 ml).

For additional pop recipes, check out our Strawberry Yogurt Granola Pops and our Coconut Water & Fresh Fruit Pops.

Arnold Palmer Ice Pops with a bite out in a pink holder

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Arnold Palmer Ice Pops with a bite out in a pink holder
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Arnold Palmer Ice Pops

These Arnold Palmer Ice Pops are made with brewed black tea and lemonade - then frozen in a popsicle mold for a thirst-quenching treat!

Low FODMAP Serving Size Info: Makes about 6 popsicles; serving size 1 pop

Makes: 6 pops
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Freeze Time 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Author: Dédé Wilson


  • 1/2 cup (99 g) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) water
  • 1 1/2 cups (360 ml) strong black tea, regular or decaffeinated
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice


  1. Have 6 popsicle molds ready to receive liquid and clear out a flat space in the freezer.
  2. Stir sugar and water together in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for about 30 seconds or until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat.
  3. Whisk the sugar syrup, black tea and lemon juice together; I like to do this in a measuring cup with spout for easy popsicle mold filling.
  4. Pour liquid into popsicle molds, dividing evenly. Insert sticks, if they have a holder. Otherwise, freeze for an hour or more just until slushy, then insert wooden sticks in the center of each pop. Freeze until solid. I find that the flavor and texture is best if eaten within 3 days.



  • Staying hydrated can be hard for some of us, but an ice pop is a nice addition to your daily liquid intake. You can use caffeinated black tea for these pops, or decaf.
Course: Dessert, Snack, Treat
Cuisine: American


Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g

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