I’m so excited to be guest posting today for my great pal Heather at Girlichef. Heather was the one who got me started on popsicle making in the first place…after drooling all last year during her inaugural Summer of the Popsicle I finally got hip and bought my own mold. I haven’t looked back since.
Aren’t stripes just so summery? Think beach umbrellas, sailboats, and French sailor shirts. My eye is drawn to them wherever I see them. After my striped ice cube post last week, I couldn’t resist trying out the technique with pops. The possibilities are endless, limited only by the number of different fruit juices you can fit in your fridge. Everybody will be wowed by the pretty stripes, but they couldn’t be easier to make.
I used a variety of different juices for my pops, including bottled, canned and fresh squeezed. There’s really no right or wrong way to do this. You could pick two colors and alternate them, or go to town and do multi-colored stripes like I did. Measure as you go for precise stripes, or go for a random, organic look.
For these popsicles I used pineapple. pink grapefruit, grape, cherry, orange, and pomegranate. That vivid pink stripe is a splash of Snapple because I couldn’t resist that shade. Experiment! You’ll get a new blend of bright fruit flavors with every lick. Your kids and their friends will think you are a genius.
This is more of a method than a recipe…
Summer Striped Popsicles
assorted fruit juices: you can use fresh, canned, frozen or bottled
- It helps if your juices are cold to begin with. Start by putting a small amount of one juice in the bottom of each of your popsicle molds. You can do a thick or a thin layer, or some of each, it’s up to you. Put the mold in the freezer and freeze until firm, about 30 minutes.
- Take a different juice for each subsequent layer. Pour the layer and then freeze again until solid.
- When you are about 1/3 of the way filled, take the frozen mold out of the freezer and insert the stick. I make a little incision in the ice with a small sharp knife dipped in boiling water. Make a slit just big enough to insert your stick so it won’t tip. Once you have all your sticks in place, add another layer, and keep going as above, until the popsicle mold is full.
- To unmold your pops, briefly dip the mold in a sink of hot water, just up to, but not over the top. Pull out the pops. If they don’t wiggle out easily, dip the mold again for a few more seconds.
- To store your pops, wrap them in waxed paper.
Here’s a couple of ideas to think about…you can make custom team colored pops—if you need white, use thinned vanilla yogurt. If you need ‘unnatural’ colors like blue, use Gatorade or Snapple. Make gourmet citrus pops with gradations of fresh squeezed citrus, or do red white and blue themed pops for the 4th of July.