Friday, August 10, 2012

Painting Summer with a Rainbow of Popsicles...



One summer in high school, I was babysitting for a little boy, maybe four or five years old.  I gave him an orange popsicle and then we went outside to the backyard of his house so he could eat it while playing and not make a mess inside.  Ten minutes later, I took the popsicle-covered boy back into the house to clean up the sticky streaks running down his face, arms and legs.  I had no idea how so much of it could end up on him instead of in his mouth.  One of life's great mysteries...

We made popsicles all the time when I was a kid, but it was generally frozen grape or cherry Koolaid - nothing too imaginative or exciting.  The heat isn't going to let up anytime soon, so I have five icy, easy and refreshing popsicle recipes to share today - two from earlier this summer and three new ones.  And they're all a wonderful way to use up leftover small quantities of berries and fruit, yogurt, milk, or anything else you have that's taking up space in the fridge.  No Koolaid involved!

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Strawberry Orange Creamsicles

These delicious popsicles are made up of half orange juice and half cream, with pieces of strawberries and Mandarin oranges.  My previous post on these ended up being the third most viewed post of all time on my blog, so I'd say they're worth mentioning again!






Strawberry Orange Creamsicles
printable recipe


  • 12 popsicle molds
  • 12 strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
  • 1 can (10.5 ounces) mandarin orange slices in juice, drained
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup cream or half 'n' half
Place the strawberry and orange slices in the popsicle molds.  In a glass measuring cup with a pourable spout, combine the orange juice and cream.  If you like, you can add a little powdered sugar, but I thought the orange juice was sweet enough without any added sugar.  Pour the juice mixture into the popsicle molds.  Insert a popsicle stick into each; freeze until firm, about 2-3 hours.  Run the molds under warm water for 30 seconds to loosen the popsicles before eating.

Yields 12 servings

Recipe from Curly Girl Kitchen
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Strawberry Popsicles

I made these with leftover strawberry sauce I'd reduced down to pour over a Peanut Butter and Jelly Tart for my "blogiversary", so they have an intense strawberry flavor.  When strawberries are at their peak is the perfect time to make these popsicles.





Strawberry Popsicles
Click for recipe in previous post.

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Very Berry Stripey Popsicles

The creamy look of these pretty striped popsicles comes from pureeing berries with milk, and the stripes are made by freezing the popsicles in stages, letting each level set before pouring in another.  I used just strawberries and blackberries, but you can use as many different berries or fruit as you like in a variety of colors to create a rainbow of stripes.

Don't limit yourself to berries if you prefer other fruit - peaches would be fantastic!




Very Berry Stripey Popsicles
printable recipe
  • 1/3 cup blackberries
  • 1/3 cup raspberries
  • 1/3 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup whole milk, divided
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla, divided
  • 8 popsicle molds

In a blender, puree the blackberries with 1/3 cup of the milk, 1 tablespoon powdered sugar and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla.  Repeat with the raspberries and then the strawberries.  If using very seedy berries like blackberries and raspberries, you may want to strain out and discard the seeds after pureeing them with the milk.

Pour one of the fruit purees (I would suggest starting with either strawberries or raspberries and keeping the blackberries in the middle for color contrast) into the popsicle molds.  Freeze for 1 hour, inserting a popsicle stick into each after 30 minutes; check back and straighten out the sticks as needed.. Pour the next fruit puree into the molds.  Freeze for 1 hour.  Pour the last fruit puree into the molds.  Freeze for 3-4 hours, or until completely solid.

Yields 8 popsicles.

Recipe from Curly Girl Kitchen

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Cherry Yogurt Popsicles

The Greek yogurt I used in these didn't freeze completely solid, giving these a slightly creamy mouthful.  Combined with sweet cherries, they're a satisfying substitution for ice cream.  And the stripey straws instead of popsicle sticks were so cute!




Sweet Cherry Yogurt Popsicles
printable recipe

  • 24 sweet red cherries, pitted
  • 2 tablespoons Grenadine (or simple syrup)
  • 1 cup full fat or reduced fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 8 popsicle molds

Place the cherries and Grenadine in a food processor; puree until liquidy.

In a separate bowl, combine the yogurt, lemon juice, vanilla, milk and powdered sugar until smooth.

Spoon the cherry puree and the yogurt mixture into the popsicle molds, alternating or swirling together as desired.  Insert popsicle sticks (or red and white stripey straws) and freeze until solid.

Yields 8 popsicles.

Recipe from Curly Girl Kitchen 

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Pineapple Coconut Popsicles

These tropical popsicles are a little tart from the pineapple and not too sweet.  They'd also be fantastic with other tropical fruit like mango and kiwi.




Pineapple Coconut Popsicles
printable recipe

  • 1 fresh pineapple
  • 1 can (14 ounces) lite unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 16 popsicle molds

Cook's Note: If you don't have enough popsicle molds (I only have 8), save the extra fruit and liquid in the refrigerator.  As the popsicles get eaten, just refill and refreeze.  Or, just cut the recipe in half...

Slice off the rind and the core of the pineapple and discard.  Cut the pineapple into 1-inch wedges.  Place 3 wedges in each of the pineapple molds.

Place the remainder of the pineapple in a blender.  Add the coconut milk, powdered sugar, vanilla and coconut extract.  Blend until completely smooth.  Pour into the popsicle molds.  Insert popsicle sticks, wedging them into the pineapple chunks; freeze until solid and enjoy!

Yields about 16 popsicles.

Recipe from Curly Girl Kitchen

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1 comment:

  1. Wow - my mouth is watering! These look so good they almost look fake :-)
    Love the straws as popsicle sticks...

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