3popspopsicle week textI’m kicking off the unofficial start of summer with a whole week of new popsicle recipes, tips, useful links, and DAILY GIVEAWAYS. Homemade popsicles are so incredibly versatile I need an entire week to explore all the reasons why you NEED these in your life this summer. I’m dedicating each day this week to a different kind of popsicle, and today it’s popsicles made with unexpected savory ingredients.  We’re getting into more creative territory today so watch out — nothing’s off limits!   Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of any or all of the week’s posts to be automatically entered to win a different giveaway every day! (details below)

Pineapple Jalapeno Popsicles

These Pineapple Jalapeno popsicles are the easiest of all to make and they are really really wonderful.  You have to taste them to believe them.  The  icy cold – sweetness of the pineapple hits your tongue at the same moment the heat of the jalapeno kicks in.  The hotter the day the better for these zippy pops.  Your brow should sweat and the sticky pineapple juice should drip down your fingers.  It’s an experience not to be missed.

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I loved these so much I made them two ways—  once with fresh, pureed pineapple, and the second time I just used canned pineapple juice.  Guess what?  They were both equally great, so if you prefer the convenience of ready made juice, go for it!   As you can imagine, the juice pops were a little lighter, and had a firmer, more ice-pop texture, whereas the whole fruit version had a zingier pineapple flavor, and a more full-bodied texture.  Oh, and I also tried these with a shot of rum in the mix, that’s optional but highly recommended!

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I left the sliced jalapeno whole in both my batches, but I think when I make these again I will try processing or finely mincing the peppers and blend them into the pineapple.  You can do it either way.

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Now, here comes the really great thing about these pops — you can add rum to them for a mind-blowing poptail!

Pineapple Jalapeno Popsicles

Yield: makes 10 popsicles


    for juice pops
  • 1-2 jalapeno peppers
  • 3 cups pineapple juice, fresh or canned.
  • 3 Tbsp dark rum (optional)
  • for whole fruit pops
  • 1 small (or 1/2 large) pineapple
  • 1 -2 jalapeno peppers
  • 3 Tbsp dark rum (optional)


  1. FOR THE JUICE POPS: trim the tops off the peppers and thinly slice them. If you don't want a lot of heat, remove the seeds. Mix them with the juice and the rum, if using. Alternatively, you can finely chop the peppers and mix them with the juice before filling your mold.
  2. If you are using the sliced peppers, they can sometimes float to the top. If you want them dispersed throughout the pop it helps to freeze half the juice and peppers first, then add the rest.
  3. FOR THE WHOLE FRUIT POPS: remove the rind and core from the pineapple, Give it a rough chop and puree it in a food processor. You will need about 3 cups.
  4. Slice or dice the peppers, and stir into the puree, along with the rum, if using.
  5. Fill the molds, adjusting the position of the pepper slices, if necessary.
  6. For either version, cover the mold with foil and insert the sticks.
  7. Freeze until solid, 4-5 hours or overnight.
  8. To unmold the pops, fill your sink with hot tap water. Immerse the mold up to, but not over, the top edge for 15 seconds. If the pops don't slice out easily, immerse for a few more seconds.
  9. Store in plastic baggies in the freezer.

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Hot peppers like jalapenos are notoriously variable…sometimes they’re hot, sometimes they’re not, it just depends on the individual pepper.  If you remove the seeds and pith from the peppers they will be less hot.  If you like things really spicy, remember that the heat will be somewhat muted by the sweetness of the pineapple and the cold of the pop, so don’t be afraid to load up on the peppers, seeds and all!


  If you want a real thrill, substitute finely minced habanero peppers for the jalapenos. (Just be sure to warn people first!)



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And here are a few of my favorite savory popsicles from other blogs (if I missed your favorite, link it up in the comments!) —

Avocado Popsicles from Crazy for Crust

Mango Chili Lime Paletas from Pineapple and Coconut

Blueberry Kale Pops from oh my veggies

Roasted Sweet Corn Popsicles from Kiran Tarun

Sweet and Salty Celery Popsicles from Cooking Stoned

Pumpkin Pie Pops from TVFGI


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30 Responses to Pineapple Jalapeno Popsicles

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  2. Mary says:

    Got my Norpro mold, fresh pineapple and jalapeños. But DH bought a little bottle of regular rum…instead of dark rum…so.. BTW:, I like the cayenne pepper idea too. So the adventure begins!

    • Mary says:

      What a divine flavor combination adding cayenne and sea salt to the puréed mixture (used fresh pineapple, rum and one whole jalapeño)…enjoying this marvelous treat now!!

  3. Marilyn says:

    The ultimate taste sensation.

  4. The jalapeño in these pops is so unexpected, I love! And bring on that shot of rum ;).

  5. Love these. If they were in the paletas cart, I’d pull over and do a complete stop!

  6. I feel refreshed just looking at these gorgeous little popsicles! I think I’d go with the slices of jalapeno rather than chopping them up because then people who didn’t want to eat it could easily pick out the slices as they went along.

  7. Mary says:

    What Popsicle mold do you use? Would love to make these for my friend’s husband. We had Habanero infused Margaritas, at Dinner last week,and they were divine. I know he would love these!! Thanks !

  8. cheri says:

    Wow! these keep getting better and better!

  9. Jennifer says:

    What a pretty Popsicle! I must admit that I would never have thought to try this combination for a Popsicle but Iove these flavors in salsa, so you’ve peaked my curiosity and I’m anxious to try them.

  10. Shari Kelley says:

    What a unique popsicle! I love the green and yellow color combination.

  11. Loving your popsicle week because I’m a frozen dessert lover myself…I can only imagine how many popsicles I’m going to be eating this summer while 8 months pregnant ;) These sound so good. Is the jalapeno really spicy??

    • Sue says:

      The jalapeno wasn’t super spicy, and I have a theory that jalapeno peppers in general are being bred to be a bit less hot. Also the cold temperature and the sweetness of the pineapple tempers the heat. You can always de-seed the peppers for a milder result.

  12. PADMA says:

    I am from India and I grew up eating pineapple with sea salt and cayenne pepper sprinkled on them.
    These popsicles are reminiscent of that taste. yummm! Can’t wait to try these at home.

    • Sue says:

      Sounds like a new inspiration for a popsicle Padma!

    • Mary says:

      Padma: I added sea salt and cayenne pepper to my puréed fresh pineapple, rum and jalapeño (I used the whole jalapeño) mixture…it is a divine flavor combination! Thanks for the inspiration…from now on I will be sprinkling sea salt and cayenne on my fresh pineapple!! So glad I read all the comments under the recipe!!

  13. Lauri says:

    Pineapple Popsicle perfection!

  14. Sandy Headtke says:

    Who would have thought to put jalapeño in a popsicle, can’t wait to try it. With the rum of course!

  15. Neecy says:

    Your flavor combinations are so creative. And the colors are wonderful.

  16. Jen Jen says:

    These sound very interesting. I definitely need to wrangle myself a Popsicle mold with all these recipes you’re coming up with!

  17. One of the greatest popsicle ideas ever. Love this!!!

  18. clare says:

    Wow, these look amazing! I love the colors–so beautiful!

  19. Linda romer says:

    Wow there are things in these pops I would have never thought of before. Looks like fun to try.

  20. Joanne says:

    I know my son will love these! Will make his a batch for a Father’s Day present!

  21. Kristie P says:

    Dang, these sound delish!!

  22. Dana says:

    wow I want!

  23. Love it – you are rocking the popsicle world! So creative and absolutely beautiful. Great week of wonderful frozen treats :)

  24. Yikes, I don’t know if I’d be brave enough to try these – I have definitely never had a spicy popsicle before! But they look gorgeous, and perfect for blazing hot summer days.

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