Sat, Jul 17, 2010
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My son loves popsicles (and who am I kidding, I do, too!) but I would much rather serve him a homemade popsicle made with real fruit than the typical sugary store-bought popsicle. Making popsicles is easier than you think and it allows you to control the amount of sugar in them. You can by inexpensive popsicle molds at most stores in their special summer section or you can use smaller paper cups and lollipop or popsicle sticks.
DID YOU KNOW?: Though “Popsicle” is a trademark owned by Unilever and is the most popular brand of ice pop, it has become the common name for all ice pops. According to Wikipedia, popsicles were invented in 1905 by Frank Epperson in San Francisco, who at 11 years old left a stir stick in his flavored soda drink and accidentally left it on the porch. That night San Francisco had record low temperatures and the soda froze, leaving Frank Epperson with a delicious icicle, which he named the Epsicle, to be changed at a later date to Popsicle. The rest is history!
- 2 lemons
- 1½ cup water, divided
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 cup strawberries or raspberries
- 1 cup blueberries
- Mix 1 cup water and ½ cup sugar in a small saucepan over low-medium heat.
- Heat the mixture, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves and the liquid becomes clear.
- Let it cool and refrigerate it in a sealed container.
- Blend the berries until a thick liquid is formed.
- Add as little water as necessary to allow the fruit to blend.
- Repeat the process with the blueberries.
- Store the purées in sealed containers in the refrigerator.
- Mix the juice of 1 lemon, ¼ cup water, 2 Tbsp of simple sugar syrup and 1-2 spoonfuls of strawberry-raspberry purée in a martini shaker or a pitcher. (In place of the simple syrup, you can substitute 1 Tbsp sugar.)
- Add more simple sugar syrup or strawberry-raspberry purée to taste.
- Repeat the process with the blueberries to make the blueberry lemonade.
- Pour the juice into the popsicle molds.
- Add a few sliced strawberries or raspberries into the molds with the strawberry lemonade and a few frozen blueberries into the molds with the blueberry lemonade.
- Place the lids on the popsicle molds and place them in the freezer.
- Freeze them for several hours or until the juice is frozen.
- Remove them from the freezer and gently pull the popsicles out.
- If you have difficulty removing the popsicles from the molds, run some warm water on the tips of the molds while gently twisting the molds to work the popsicles out of the molds.
Popsicle molds: Groovy Ice Pop Molds