Technicolor Ice Pops

15 Jul

I was reminded of how much I loved ice pops as a kid the other day when I saw the cover of the magazine “Where” New York.  On it was a plate of frosty-looking, colorful ice pops, beckoning me on a very hot day in the city.  The image also reminded me of an article I did for Bon Appetit years ago, secreted in a computer folder called Old Docs (documents).  The recipes were devised for the “new” Williams-Sonoma ice pop molds.  But when I was a kid, we made ice pops in 3-ounce Dixie cups.  But I do love the molded forms you can buy (some classic, some torpedo-like) and dare say you can add some booze and serve them to adults at a midsummer night’s dinner.

There are ten amazing flavors from which to choose and a startling array of hues to match.  Not quite the color palate of the rainbow, but close.  You will want to make a different version every week to last way into Indian summer.  If you add liquor of any kind, the ice pops will take longer to freeze.  Don’t add too much — but a hint of peach schnapps or rum or bourbon will add untold megabites of pleasure.

If you’re using ice pop molds, the rule of thumb is that in order to fill 8 molds, you will need 2 cups of mixture.  If using Dixie cups, put 2 ounces of any mixture into each cup; cover with foil; make a small slit in center of foil and insert wooden stick.  Another tip for either procedure is to freeze the mixture 30 to 60 minutes before inserting sticks.

Frosty Lemon-Mint
Color:  bright green

2 large lemons
2 tablespoons green crème de menthe
6 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons corn syrup
1-1/2 cups water

Grate the rinds of lemons to get 1 tablespoon zest.  Squeeze lemons to get 6 tablespoons juice. Whisk all ingredients together until sugar dissolves.  Pour mixture into molds.  Freeze 3 to 4 hours. Makes 8 ice pops.

Summer Sunrise
Color:  two-tone orange and coral

2 cups orange-peach-mango juice
¼ cup corn syrup
3 tablespoons grenadine

Put juice and corn syrup in a bowl. Stir until dissolved. Pour half of the mixture into 8 ice pop molds.  Freeze 1 hour.  Insert sticks.  Freeze until mixture is frozen.  Add grenadine to remaining mixture and pour this into molds.  Freeze 3 hours longer.  Makes 8 pops.

Royal Blueberry
Color:  Purple-blue

1 pint fresh blueberries
8-ounces blueberry yogurt
¼ cup honey
2 tablespoons sugar
¼ cup water

Wash blueberries and put in food processor. Add remaining ingredients and process until very smooth. Pour mixture into ice molds.  Freeze 3 to 4 hours. Makes 8 ice pops.

Tropicali
Color:  light orange with green flecks

12 ounces mango nectar
1 cup cream of coconut
2 large limes

Place nectar and cream of coconut in bowl.  Whisk until smooth.  Grate rind of limes to get 1 tablespoon zest.  Squeeze to get 3 tablespoons juice.  Add zest and juice to mixture.

Stir.  Pour into ice pop molds. Freeze 4 hours.  Makes 8 ice pops.

Strawberry Blast
Color:  bright red

6 ounces strawberry daiquiri mix
12 ounces pineapple juice
3 tablespoons honey
¼ teaspoon rum extract

Place ingredients in a bowl. Whisk until smooth.  Pour mixture into ice pop molds.  Freeze 3 to 4 hours.

Lemon-Buttermilk (“tastes like cheesecake”)
Color: white (with yellow flecks)

2 large lemons
3/4 cup superfine sugar
1-2/3 cups buttermilk
pinch of salt

Grate rind of lemons to get 2 tablespoons zest.  Squeeze lemons to get 5 tablespoons juice.  Put zest and juice in a bowl.  Add sugar and salt. Stir to dissolve. Add buttermilk and stir until smooth. Pour mixture into ice pop molds. Freeze 4 hours. Makes 8 ice pops.

Watermelon Lemonade
Color: pale red

2 packed cups finely diced ripe watermelon
6-ounces frozen lemonade concentrate
3 tablespoons superfine sugar
pinch of salt

Place ingredients in bowl of food processor and process until very smooth. Pour mixture into ice pop molds. Freeze 3 to 4 hours.  Makes 8 ice pops.

Honeydew Kiwi
Color:  jade green with little black seeds

2 packed cups finely diced ripe honeydew
2 medium kiwi, peeled and diced
1/2 cup corn syrup
2 tablespoons lime juice

Place ingredients in bowl of food processor and process until very smooth.  Pour mixture into ice pop molds.  Freeze 3 to 4 hours.  Makes 8 ice pops.

Fudgy Ice Pops
Color: chocolate-y brown

8 ounces vanilla yogurt
½ cup corn syrup
2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
½ cup water

Place all ingredients in bowl of food processor and process until very smooth.  Pour mixture into ice pop molds. Freeze 4 hours.  Makes 8 ice pops.

Cranberry “Tea-sicle”
Color: clear dark ruby

2 Red Zinger tea bags
3 tablespoons sugar
6 ounces frozen cranberry concentrate
optional: 1-2 tablespoons red wine

Boil 1-1/2 cups water and put in bowl.  Add tea bags and let steep 5 minutes.  Remove tea bags.  Stir in sugar to dissolve.  Add cranberry concentrate and wine.  Stir.  Pour mixture into ice pop molds.  Freeze 4 hours.  Makes 8 ice pops.

One Response to “Technicolor Ice Pops”

  1. free info online June 4, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    Pretty! This has been an incredibly wonderful post.

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