Those of you who know me know I have a thing for stripes. I had so much fun making last year’s STRIPED JUICE POPS that the minute the warm weather hit here I dug out my popsicle mold and made a whole fruit version. Those pretty layers are pureed kiwi, strawberry, mango, blueberry, watermelon and pineapple. There is nothing added, no sugar or simple syrup, so all you taste is the fruit. It’s like a frozen fruit salad on a stick.
It only takes about a cup of cut fruit for each layer, so you can use leftovers or whatever you have around. As the fruit season gets going, you’re going to have so many choices. You can alternate two of your favorites, or go for a rainbow. Later in the summer I’d love to try a multi-berry version, just imagine the different pink and purple tones all lined up.
These aren’t hard to do at all, it’s a simple layer and freeze technique. And it’s a wow when you slide the pops out of the molds for the big reveal. Every one will be a little different. If you don’t have a mold, grab one soon, they are cheap and so much fun to use. They’re everywhere, from the dollar stores to Target etc. You can get lots of different models on Amazon.
What You Will Need
- About 2 kiwis
- 1 cup strawberry halves
- 1 cup roughly chopped mango
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup roughly chopped watermelon
- 1 cup rough chopped pineapple
- Working with one fruit at a time, puree in a small food processor. Rinse the machine out between fruits.
- Carefully spoon a layer of fruit at the bottom of each popsicle mold. Gently rap the mold on a firm surface to level the puree. Freeze until solid.
- Spoon another layer of fruit in each mold and stand a stick upright in each. Force it down gently into the frozen bottom layer so it will stand up straight. You are not going to use the plastic top for this recipe, just leave it off. Again firmly tap the mold down on the counter to level the puree and freeze again until the second layer is solid. (The freezing time between layers will vary with your freezer temp, but it might take 45 minutes or so.)
- Continue on until you have filled the molds. If any of the purees are a little too thick to work with, stir in a little water. Clean up any spilled puree from the insides of the molds as you go so they won't mar your design, just scrape the drips down with a popsicle stick.
- To un-mold, fill your sink with hot tap water, and hold the mold in the water, just up to, but not over the top edge, for a few seconds. If the popsicles don't slide out, hold the mold in the water a little longer.
The fruit amounts are approximate, depending on your mold you may need a little more or a little less. You can always add a little water or yogurt to stretch the amount. My popsicle mold has 10 slots and each slot holds about 1/2 cup liquid.
Have you pulled out your popsicle mold yet? What are you waiting for?