CALIFORNIA-COOL POPSICLES TO HELP YOU BEAT THE SUMMER HEAT

by Ashlee Polarek

Summertime in SoCal calls for three things: Long, sultry hours at the beach, chilled bottles of rosé all day (yes, please!), and sweet, icy treats that keep you cool (and hydrated) all season long.

To help you beat the sizzling heat, we’ve created three delectable Cali-inspired popsicle recipes you can easily whip up in a jiffy—Orange Creamsicle, Strawberry Mango and the oh-so-boozy Watermelon Mojito Poptail. Cheers to making and partaking in these thirst-quenching sweet treats. 

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STRAWBERRY MANGO POPSICLES

MAKES 10 SERVINGS

PREP TIME: 15 minutes 

FREEZE TIME: 5 hours

This super simple popsicle consists of only three ingredients and is perfect for someone who craves something sweet with a hint of heat!

INGREDIENTS

7 ripe mangos

3 ½ cups of Strawberries

Water

Tajin (sprinkle on to taste)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Wash the strawberries and remove the hull (the leaves), place into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Pour into a separate bowl until you have the mango blended. You may need to gradually add water to make the strawberry puree less thick.

  2. Peel and slice the mango. Place into the blender and purée until smooth.

  3. Taste your popsicle mixture and If you notice it seems a little bitter (thanks strawberries), add a bit of Agave to sweeten up the mixture.

  4. Fill the popsicle moulds layering the strawberry and mango purees to achieve a stacked look. If you want to have an overall strawberry and mango flavor mix the two pureed fruits together.

  5. Freeze until solid. Freezing times vary depending on the coldness of your freezer and the size of your molds.

  6. Sprinkle the popsicles with Tajin to add a surprising kick!

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ORANGE CREAMSICLE POPSICLES

MAKES 10 SERVINGS

PREP TIME: 10 minutes 

FREEZE TIME: 5 hours

These orange creamsicles are wonderfully nostalgic, reminding us of those childhood days chasing the ice cream truck down the street while our parents scrambled for change.

INGREDIENTS

1 ¼  cups of orange juice (OJ from concentrate gives a more orange flavor but organic is healthier; your choice)

1¼ cups of softened vanilla ice cream, or heavy cream

4 tablespoons of honey (3 if using agave)  

¼ tablespoon of orange extract

¼ tablespoon of vanilla extract

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Whisk off the the ingredients together in a bowl.

  2. Pour into popsicle moulds.

  3. Freeze until solid.

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WATERMELON MOJITO "POPTAILS"

MAKES 10 SERVINGS

PREP TIME: 15 minutes 

FREEZE TIME: 5 hours

These "poptails" are just boozy enough to get the fun going, and yummy enough to warrant eating three of them! Just be careful, because once they hit...you will feel the buzz. Honestly, the hardest part about making these delicious treats is waiting for them to freeze.

INGREDIENTS

3 cups of cubed watermelon

4 ounces lime juice, freshly squeezed

10 mint leaves, roughly chopped

3 ounces of agave, (or simple syrup)

4 ounces of white rum, or 2 ounces of Malibu Rum and 2 ounces of white rum for a tropical version

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cut the watermelon into cubes and toss the chunks into a blender along with the lime juice, mint leaves, agave/simple syrup, and rum

  2. Blend until smooth and pour into the moulds

  3. Freeze until solid

  4. Most importantly, enjoy!

Note: The alcohol will make these popsicles freeze differently than if they were just juice, they will melt fast and look almost slushy-like, be prepared.

TIPS FOR MAKING POPSICLES:

If you are having difficulty getting your popsicle sticks to stay down in their moUlds, wrap the moUld (once they are filled) with cling wrap. Alternatively, you can freeze your popsicles for about 15 minutes, or until they have started to solidify, then stick the popsicle sticks into the moUlds. As a last resort, you can soak wooden popsicle sticks in water for a few hours before you make your popsicles.

Fruit popsicle recipes are not exact. How juIcy or sweet your fruit is can affect how your popsicle turns out so keep this in mind when whipping up a batch. Agave is a great sweetener for fruity popsicles—it has such a light taste and is so sweet that it takes away tartness without compromising flavor, or your health. Some fruit will not be as juicy as you want, and therefore won't create enough liquid. Adding a little bit of water helps make the fruit more blendable.

When it comes time to remove your popsicles from their moulds, run them under warm to hot water for about 8 seconds to help release them from the plastic. If you pull too hard you may break the popsicle so be gentle!

Ashlee Polarek is a freelance travel and lifestyle writer, focused on promoting exploration and stepping out of your comfort zone. She loves reading, eating good food, and exploring new places. Find her here on Instagram.

STAY CALIFORNIA COOL!

P.S. We would love to hear about your favorite popsicle recipes. Feel free to share them in the Comments below. 

 

 

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