Topless Summer: Chill Out With Our Favorite Ice Pop Recipes!
So… we’re all a little old to be chasing the ice cream man down the street, but that doesn’t mean that we’re too old to enjoy some chilly treats this summer! Here are some of our favorite recipes for ice pops:
Kiwi Ice Pops
1 3/4 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
Make a simple syrup with the sugar and water by bringing it to a boil in a saucepan. Set it aside to cool off and grab your kiwis and a blender. Peel and core the kiwis, making sure to take out as many seeds as possible. Toss those dudes into a blender and puree! Combine the kiwi slush, simple syrup, lime, and leftover water in a bowl, mix it up good, and pop it into some molds. Freeze and enjoy!
Blueberry Greek Yogurt Pops
17 oz container of nonfat Greek yogurt
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1/4 cup honey, agave, or whatever sweetener you like (more or less to taste)
Throw everything in a blender and puree to your heart’s content. Pour the mixture into molds, freeze, and ta dah! Yogurt pops for everyone!
Lemonade Cucumber Spa Pops
1 cup julienned (sliced reeeealllly thin) seedless Cucumber
1 fresh squeezed Lemon, remove any seeds
2 cups cold Water
Whatever natural sweetener (agave, etc.) you fancy, to taste.
Juice the lemon into the 2 cups of water, sweeten. Basically make a tiny batch of lemonade. Pour this mixture into your molds until they are 2/3 full. Freeze for about an hour. Take them out of the freezer and stir them up a bit. You want a slushy consistency. Add a spoonful of the cucumber, make sure it’s evenly distributed. Freeze again for a few hours and you have a spa on a stick!
Spiked Watermelon Pops (For Adults Only!)
1/2 large watermelon, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup watermelon flavored 70 proof vodka
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
Break out your trusty blender and whirr together watermelon, sugar, and vodka until smooth. Add the mint and pulse it until it’s just combined. Pour the mixture into molds and pop in the freezer overnight. These pops need to set longer because of the alcohol. If you want to prefer a virgin version, substitute some orange juice for the vodka.
Striped Smoothie Pops
2 or 3 fruit syrups (can be found at most beverage stores or grocery stores)
Smoothie made of same fruits
Pour a layer of syrup into an ice pop mold, freeze it until it’s firm. Pour a layer of smoothie on top of that and freeze until firm. Keep layering and freezing various smoothies and syrups to make a striped treat!
– Robyn Luttrell, CBS Local