Posts Tagged ‘Pops’

We are having one of hottest summer on record this year, every other day there’s heat advisory. With that, my popsicle obsession also continues, only thing I want to eat is these pretty pops. In my opinion slurping on these beauties is best way to beat the scorching heat.

I have three-four different flavors of popsicle sitting in my freezer right now. This time I have experimented with some whole milk yogurt and strawberries.

Again this recipe is super simple to execute, it just blend and freeze..here’s what I did..

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries, hulled and cut in half
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1 cup whole milk yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • pinch of salt

Method:

  • In a blender, combine the strawberries, 2 tbsp of honey , lime juice and salt. Process until well blended and smooth.
  • Whisk honey, vanilla essence and yogurt together and keep it aside.
  • Layer the mixture of strawberry and yogurt in a popsicle molds until the molds are full.
  • Dip a knife into each mold and swirl slightly to combine the flavors together. Insert sticks when partially frozen and freeze until solid, preferably overnight.
  • To remove the popsicle from the mold, just run warm water around the mold and pull on the sticks to remove the pops. OR else Let the mold stand at room temperature for about 2-3 minutes and pull the sticks to unmold.
Watermelon-Blackberry-Lime Popsicles!!!

Watermelon-Blackberry-Lime Popsicles!!!

I have to say…I am getting addicted to making popsicle.I don’t know what is making me crazy, the heat, the color of popsicle, the flavor or the deliciousness of every other popsicles I’m making.

It’s getting so hot every other day that I just want to eat these pretty pops for my lunch, snack and dinner. And to me there’s no harm in doing that, right..because I know what is in there. Even I don’t feel guilty handing one or two pops in a day to my little one. And the recipe is so simple and yet so refreshingly delicious.

Watermelon-Blackberry-Lime Popsicles!!!

Watermelon-Blackberry-Lime Popsicles!!!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of chopped watermelon
  • 8-9  frozen blackberries
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 2-3 tbsp honey, adjust according to your taste

Instructions:

  • Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until well blended and smooth.
  • Pour mixture into popsicle molds. Insert sticks when partially frozen and freeze until solid, preferably overnight.
  • To remove the popsicle from the mold, just run warm water around the mold and pull on the sticks to remove the pops. OR else Let the mold stand at room temperature for about 2-3 minutes and pull the sticks to unmold.
Watermelon-Blackberry-Lime Popsicles!!!

Note:

  • If using wooden ice pop sticks, soak sticks for 30 minutes in warm water before inserting into pops, this helps keep them from floating up when inserted into molds.
  • Taste for sweetness and add more honey if necessary (it should be too sweet as it will lose sweetness after freezing.)

Mango-Pineapple Popsciles with Pomegranate seeds

Mango-Pineapple Popsciles with Pomegranate seeds

Whenever I eat Ice Popsicles, I instantly think of my grandpa, who’d use to buy these for us when we use to visit him in summer. A thought of this bring a smile on my face.

Same with mangoes Like when I eat first mangoes of the season, I instantly think of my uncle’s house where in backyard we use to spend whole afternoon eating mangoes one after another. I know I’ve so much memories associated with summer. I love summer besides the fact that it really gets unbearable because of scorching heat.

To me summer without popsicle not happening. I love to eat these pretty ice pops and if its homemade then you can control the quality of ingredients. As with anything homemade,you know what goes into your food and can customize it to suit your liking.

This popsicle recipe is so simple with just 3-4 ingredients and you can enjoy making these with your kids. I love the bright color of these pops and I can guarantee you this, it taste so good and delicious! That you can’t limit yourself to just one. Coming back to the recipe, which is just grind,  mix and freeze. Couldn’t get simpler than this!

Mango-Pineapple Popsciles with Pomegranate seeds

Mango-Pineapple Popsciles with Pomegranate seeds

Ingredients:

  • 1 big mango, skinned removed and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup pineapple juice, adjust the amount of juice according to your mixture, you need thin consistency..it gets little thicker because of the mango flesh.
  • 2 tbsp good quality honey
  • 1 teaspoon of lime juice
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds

 Method:

  • Combine the ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
  • Place ½ tablespoon of pomegranate seeds in the bottom of your popsicle molds. Press the seeds lightly and fill to the top with mango-pineapple mixture. Insert sticks and freeze until solid, preferably overnight.
  • To remove the popsicle from the mold, just run warm water around the mold and pull on the sticks to remove the pops. OR else Let the mold stand at room temperature for about 2-3 minutes and pull the sticks to unmold.
Mango-Pineapple Popsciles with Pomegranate seeds

Note:

  • If using wooden ice pop sticks, soak sticks for 30 minutes in warm water before inserting into pops, this helps keep them from floating up when inserted into molds.
  • Taste for sweetness and add more honey if necessary (it should be too sweet as it will lose sweetness after freezing.)

Colors of Ice pops take you back to your childhood, the time when the bell of the Ice Cream vendors push cart would get you all excited. You would wait for his usual time of arrival in your neighbourhood on a hot Indian Summer afternoon. Take the money from parents and run to the vendor, peek into the ice box and pick ice pop from riot of color going on. The dripping of melting ice, sugar and color in your mouth and hands, what a wonderful time was that.

The higher the mercury goes, the more often I feel like whipping up some frozen treats  to enjoy with family and friends. I was thinking of making some Popsicle at home since the summer started. Not only are they delicious, super pretty, and easy to make, but there’s so much room for creativity when you make them! In the heat of summer this is the best way to keep yourself hydrated and cool without even feeling guilty.

What I love about these frozen treats is that you have complete control over the ingredients and can make it as healthy as you want them to be. With all the fresh fruits in season, I can think of about a million other delicious flavors combination to make in coming months.

Watermelon-Lemon Pops

Watermelon-Lemon Pops

Ingredients:

For Watermelon-Lemon Pops:

Makes 6-8 Ice Pops

  • 3 cups chopped watermelon
  • 1 cup watermelon rind flesh(scoop out the flesh  from the rind), chopped
  • 2 teaspoon plus 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon plus 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • pinch of salt

Method:

  • In a blender, combine the watermelon flesh with 2 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, salt and blend until smooth. You can add a couple of tablespoon of water if needed. Transfer to a large glass measuring cup. Set aside.
  • Place the watermelon rind  with 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice, water, salt and blend until the mixture is completely smooth.
  • Pour watermelon flesh mixture into ice pop /ice cream molds, filling them three-fourths full. Freeze until partially frozen, about 1 hour.
  • Insert sticks and top with the watermelon rind mixture, filling the molds until full.
  • Freeze until ready to enjoy!
Watermelon Pops

Watermelon Pops

Ingredients:

Makes 6-8 Ice Pops

  • 3 cups chopped ripe cantaloupe
  • 2 teaspoon powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • pinch of salt
 Cantaloupe Pops

Cantaloupe Pops

 Cantaloupe Pops

Cantaloupe Pops

Method:

  • In a blender, combine the cantaloupe with 2 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, salt, water and blend until smooth. Transfer to a large glass measuring cup.
  • Pour the  mixture into ice pop /ice cream molds, filling the molds until full. Freeze until partially frozen, about 1 hour.
  • Insert sticks when the pops are partially frozen.
  • freeze until ready to enjoy!!
 Cantaloupe Pops

Cantaloupe Pops