Sunday, July 1, 2012

Heavenly Pops

Mark Twain once wrote,
"When one has tasted watermelon he knows what the angels eat."

Watermelon... just the sight of it makes us think of lazing in the sun, running through sprinklers, picnics... all things summer!  A slice of watermelon itself, is a smile!

Another icon of summer is a popsicle!  Who doesn't remember running out to meet the ice cream truck to get a double stick popsicle, carefully laying it on the edge of the porch step and breaking it in half to share with your best friend?  And all of those icy flavors... Cherry, Orange, Lime, Banana, Grape and my favorite... Root Beer!  You tried to eat one before it melted down your chin and arms!  Biting the last of it carefully off the stick so that the last half didn't fall on the ground and then chewing the stick to get the last bit of flavor!

Do you remember making your own?  Mixing up a pitcher of Cool-aid, pouring it into the Tupperware molds and waiting?  Finally, they were ready!  You would suck out the sweetness as you ate it and the last little piece clinging to the plastic stick was little more than a pale chunk ice.

Last summer, I started experimenting with making my own flavors of pops!  Healthier versions with no artificial flavors or colors!  The favorite among my granddaughters, was the "Faux Watermelon" Pops!  They look fun and have a kid friendly flavor (although, Papa was just as happy with them as the girls)!

There are several brands of "instant" pop makers that take minutes to freeze your pops, but I am still using the "old fashion" type of home made popsicle molds, so it took a bit longer.  Either way, it's worth the wait!

Note:  As always, Green text are Olivelle recipes that I will share. Green text within a recipe are ingredients that can be purchased from Olivelle locally or on the website

Faux Watermelon Pops
(Makes 6 - 8 Pops)

1 Quart Fresh Strawberries ~ hulled and quartered
1 Cup Blueberries ~ Whole
1/4 Cup Sonoma Syrup Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup
1/2 Cup Vanilla Yogurt
Kiwi ~ Peeled and Diced
2 Tbsp 
Sonoma Syrup Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup

  1. Puree Strawberries in Food Processor
  2. Mix in 1/4 Cup Vanilla Bean Syrup
  3. FOLD in Blueberries (DO NOT PUREE Blueberries... these will be the "Seeds" of the "Watermelon" so they need to remain whole)
  4. Fill each Popsicle Mold to 2/3 full
  5. Insert Sticks and Freeze until Set
  6. Fill 1/2 of remaining space with yogurt and freeze until set
  7. Puree Kiwi in Food Processor
  8. Mix in 2 Tbsp Vanilla Syrup
  9. Fill remaining space in mold and freeze until set

When one eats at Faux Watermelon Pop he knows what flavor the angels like best!

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