How to Make Yummy Frozen Buttermilk Ice Pops


I share exactly how to make yummy frozen buttermilk ice pops at home that taste like cheesecake on a stick.

frozen buttermilk popsIt was love at first bite when I tasted my first frozen buttermilk pop at the hugely popular Steel City Pops in Birmingham. Cold, sweet, creamy & tangy… reminded me of “cheesecake on a stick.”

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Homemade Buttermilk Pops

My obsession got out of hand, and I began making far too many trips to the Summit (always ending up with a pop on the way home). I decided to try and make these myself, and I must say the results are pretty darn impressive.

My copycat gourmet buttermilk popsicles pretty much taste identical to the Steel City Pops version. The only detail I can’t seem to master is consistency. My pops are never quite as “rock hard” as the originals. Still, they are so yummy, so easy to make, and so much less expensive, they are perfect for satisfying my craving.

Making gourmet popsicles at home is super easy. Once you invest in the ice pop molds and sticks, all you have to do is keep ingredients on hand to make pops any time. I make several batches to stock the freezer and just add to the stash when I run low.

frozen pops

I use this Norpro frozen pop mold from amazon, and it is the one shown in the photos. It makes 10 frozen pops per time, which is just the right amount for this recipe. It comes with 24 sticks, so ordering extra is a good idea. The best deal I’ve seen on sticks is this pack of 200 for less than $10.

Savvy Tip: I keep a jar of simple syrup in the fridge so that I can quickly mix up pops without having to make a new batch of syrup. A benefit of keeping syrup on hand is that it is cold from the fridge, and the pops will freeze faster.

If you like these buttermilk pops, you might also enjoy lemon buttermilk ice pops~similar but with added tang from lemon.

If you try these buttermilk pops, I’d love to hear what you think of them! I love hearing from readers, so always feel free to share your comments. If you have a favorite frozen treat, please share it with us! As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!

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Frozen Buttermilk Pops

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes

These creamy frozen buttermilk pops taste just like my favorite flavor pop at Steel City Pops in Birmingham, Alabama. Rich, creamy, and decadent!


  • 2 cups buttermilk (I used Friendship 1% fat)
  • 1 cup organic heavy cream
  • 2 cups simple syrup (equal parts water and organic cane sugar)
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped
  • Dash of kosher salt


  1. Make simple syrup by boiling 2 cups water, 2 cups cane sugar, and vanilla bean for one minute.
  2. Let cool. (Syrup can be made hours or days ahead and kept in fridge.)
  3. Mix buttermilk, simple syrup, heavy cream, and salt. Stir well.
  4. Pour mixture into popsicle molds. Freeze as directed (at least 5 hours).
Nutrition Information
Yield 10 Serving Size 1 pop
Amount Per Serving Calories 217Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 29mgSodium 116mgCarbohydrates 33gFiber 0gSugar 33gProtein 2g
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  1. Hi there, I am excited to try this recipe, as I will make a 20 minute trip to the Highlands just to get as many buttermilk popcicles that I can afford. I am wondering if anyone has tried to make them with the extra ingredients they listed….sour cream, water and sea salt? If so, I am interested in the proportions if you don’t mind :-)

  2. OMG – My teen boys and buttermilk crazed husband loves them. Thank you for sharing, it was and will be a forever treat in our home!

  3. Judith, I love this!!! I am so happy that you discovered SCP while on your trip AND that you now have the recipe to make your own!!! You must keep me posted after you make these; I want to hear how they turn out!!!! XoXo

  4. Jamie, I had no idea there was a place called Steel City Pops, nor had I ever heard of a buttermilk popsicle…that is, until last week while in B’ham. And lo and behold, I discovered Steel City Pops and their amazing popsicles. I had the buttermilk popsicle dipped in white chocolate, drizzled with raspberry sauce (I’m salivating as I type this) and sprinkled with sliced, toasted almonds. Oh. My. Goodness. It was heavenly. I even brought home a little of it with me, in the form of a raspberry stain on my blouse. Almost hated to remove the stain because the memory was so heavenly. I cannot wait to try this recipe. B’ham is only one hour from my home, but the grocery store is much, much closer! So I see lots of buttermilk popsicles appearing at my house this summer. Thanks for sharing.

  5. AHHHH!!!! I was introduced to these when I went home to Birmingham back in March, but can’t find them out here in CA. Thank you for posting this!

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