Summertime! I lately purchased a Fox Run Frozen Ice Pop Maker from Amazon and boy am I glad I did!
This mold has 10 cavities to create a perfectly shaped retro-style popsicle. It also has a tray with 10 slits to insert your wooden sticks and to keep them in place. In short – a great purchase.
The excitement around this has been big. Big enough that I started to receive orders. It has also become an obsession because the flavor options are practically endless, and once you experiment a little and come up with a basic recipe, you can pretty much use it for anything. So the temptation is BIG.
SO, one of the first flavor combinations I came up with was a mixture of fruits and condiments I had at home, which I figured would work very well together (which they did). I found a recipe online from the “People’s Pops” cookbook, that basically uses about a 3/4 cup of simple sugar syrup (made with a ratio of 1:1, that is 1 cup sugar for every cup of water) for every 4 cups fruit+ about one cup of some additional form of liquid (yogurt, coconut milk, water etc). Don’t be afraid to play around with different flavor combinations. If you have only nectarines/peaches/other fruit that will also work great. You can also taste the mixture before you freeze it to check for sweetness. Be aware that the sweetness mellows down once frozen so even if it seems a little overly sweet, it will decrease for sure. The sugar also plays a big part in preventing the mixture from crystallizing and becoming too hard.
Nectarine-rhubarb-peach & cherries ice pops
for the pops
2 cups chopped rhubarb (about 4 stalks)
1 cup peeled & cubed nectarines
1 cup peeled & cubed peaches
1/2 cup greek style plain yogurt (alternatively coconut milk/coconut cream)
1/2 cup water (or try the amazing h2coco coconut water)
3/4 cup simple syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cup fresh/frozen cherries, pitted
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Make the cherry syrup. Simmer all the ingredients in a sauce pan for 7-10 min until the mixture thickens. Strain and set aside to cool.
Prepare the simple syrup by simmering the sugar and water until the sugar dissolves. boil for an additional minute or so and remove from the heat. Set aside to cool.
Puree the fruits, yogurt, water & simple syrup. Pour evenly into the 10 cavities of your ice pop molds. Top with the cherry syrup. Freeze for an hour and then stick the wooden sticks in the center of each popsicle (it will be easier to insert when semi-frozen). Freeze for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight.