16 Popsicle Recipes to Help You Beat the Heat
Popsicles are a nostalgic summer staple that can easily be made at home. For a twist on a childhood favorite, check out Gail Simmons’ whole-fruit rocket pops; for something boozy, there are ruby-grapefruit-and-Campari ice pops, Riesling-pear pops, and more. Read on for more refreshing popsicles you can enjoy all season long.
Whole-Fruit Rocket Pops
Like so many kids, summers at the beach were everything to me: freedom, friends, fresh air, and most of all—frozen treats from the truck that pulled into the beach parking lot each afternoon, which we’d run to meet with crumpled bills clenched tightly in our fists. There was nothing better than those sticky sweets and the satisfaction that came from choosing whatever you wanted from the familiar menu. I usually opted for a strawberry shortcake pop, but once in a while I relished a rocket pop. Who could resist those bright, sugary layers, as well as the bonus of the deep blue your tongue turned? Perfect for showing off to your siblings.Flash forward 30 years and I still get nostalgic for those pops. Of course, they’ve now become a favorite of my 5-year-old daughter, too, on our annual family pilgrimage to beautiful Good Harbor Beach on the North Shore near Boston. But, as a mom, the ingredients don’t thrill me as much as they once did. So I decided to make a version of my own, still bursting with deep hues and summer flavor but with a slightly more adult approach. Mine are layered with strawberry-lime, coconut-banana and ginger, and blueberry-mint. Making the simple base for the layers is easy using a home blender; just be sure to freeze each layer sufficiently before pouring in the next, and use a small funnel to get even layers and keep the sides of your popsicle mold clean. Rest assured, the kids will still come running!
Frozen Strawberries-and-Cream Pops
You’re never too grown up to enjoy a good ice pop, and this elevated recipe is the perfect excuse to celebrate your inner kid. The sweet orangey flavor of Grand Marnier accents the fresh, juicy strawberries for a fruity flavor that’s perfectly balanced by tangy crème fraîche. Combining the ingredients in a blender helps them come together for a creamy, cool pop. To unmold them, run them under warm water for a brief moment until just loosened—too long and you’ll need to grab a napkin.
Marbled Smoothie Pops
This recipe proves that smoothies have so much potential beyond breakfast. Swedish bloggers David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl layer two simple smoothies in ice pop molds before swirling and freezing to create an impressive frozen dessert. The recipe is in their book Green Kitchen Smoothies. Slideshow: More Smoothies