Monday, July 1, 2013

Popsicles

Brain Freeze!

Remember the halcyon days of summer? Afternoons at the swimming pool with friends doing cannonballs off the diving board? Most public pools had a snack bar that offered frozen treats to cool the sun-burned swimmer. The Red, White and Blue Turbo Rocket pop was a favorite and you couldn't hide the fact you ate one - the red and blue tongue and lips gave it away! Jungle Jim's International Market carries many frozen goodies that will delight your kids. But you're an adult now and we would like to introduce you to popsicles for grown-ups.

The 4th of July holiday is a good time to whip up a batch and hide them in the back of the freezer away from the kids! You will need some equipment:  popsicle molds, a blender or food processor and of course, fresh and flavorful ingredients. You can tell from the photo below we are thinking about some relaxing time off! We used a new product - coconut water - and it gave the popsicles a nice, refreshing taste.





Popsicle Pointers:

1.  Use seasonal fruit - the riper the better because it's more flavorful. Also, the riper the fruit, the sweeter it is and you can use less sugar.

2.  Fruit chunks will sink to the bottom - this is gravity at work! To prevent this, fill your mold part way and partially freeze and then add more mixture and fruit to fill. This way you'll get some fruit in every bite.

3. Make whole fruit pops by simply pureeing fruit, filling the mold and freezing.

4. For easy unmolding - run under water for a few seconds.






Pineapple-Coconut Ice Pops - for Kids and Adults
(above left)

1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
¾ cup coconut water
2 tablespoons sugar

Combine ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze.

Makes 4 or more, depending on size


Strawberry Margarita Popsicles - for Adults!
(above right)

8 ounces limeade
1 cup strawberries
1/3 cup tequila

Combine ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Pour mixture through a medium-mesh strainer. Pour strained mixture into popsicle molds and freeze.

Makes 4 or more, depending on size



We had some adult mix left over and decided to create a "shot pop". Just the right amount of frozen refreshment to cool you down. A plastic shot glass and half a straw are the only things you need to create a little fun.





Our "groovy" popsicle molds can be found in Gourmet Galeria at both store locations. Tovolo makes a set of 6 pop molds that are dishwasher safe, BPA free and of course, food safe. Six recipes are included.

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