Sweet & Savoury Ice Pops

Savoury Ice Pops

It had been years since I last made ice pops and I must say, they’re just as fun to prepare as I remember. And since ice pops are the new cupcakes, I urge you to channel your inner-child and give it a go.

Store-bought ice pops are typically a blend of fruit concentrates, syrups, stabilizers (to prevent dripping), artificial colours, flavours and  sugar, lots of sugar. Actually, sugar happens to be an important ingredient in commercial ice pops because it reduces the freezing point of water. This means that it also controls the formation of ice crystals, keeping the ice pop from becoming too hard. But the great thing about doing it yourself is that you’re in control and you can skimp on the white stuff and choose to let the sweetness of the fruit shine through (even if the resulting ice pop is slightly harder and more “drippy”).

As you can appreciate, ice pops are definitely on my list of  DIY foods. They’re simple to make and a fun way to highlight summer’s bounty. And if you have kids around, even better. Have them pitch-in and participate in the creative process:

  • Use different fruits
  • Add whole slices of berries and fruit to your molds
  • Layer different colours for a more artsy effect
  • Freeze your next smoothie batch and enjoy as a refreshing snack

If you own a blender, ice pop mold and freezer, the options are endless.

 

 

 

 

 Watermelon Mint

  • 4 cups watermelon chunks
  • 12-15 fresh mint leaves

1. Place the watermelon in the blender and purée until smooth. Add the mint and blend until evenly specked.

2. Pour into molds, freeze and enjoy.

* If you find the herb flavour too pronounced as you taste it out the blender, don’t worry. Freezing will automatically tone it down.

Strawberry Basil

  • 4 cups fresh strawberries, washed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons honey (depending on how tart your strawberries are)
  • 10 basil leaves

1. Place the strawberries, water and honey in the blender and purée until smooth. Add the basil and blend until evenly specked.

2. Pour into holds, freeze and enjoy,

Lemon Honey Rosemary

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 8 lemons)
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 7 tablespoons honey
  • 1 sprig rosemary

1. Juice lemons, strain and set aside.

2. In a small saucepan over low-heat, whisk 1/4 cup of water with the honey and steep the rosemary sprig. Let simmer for 5 minutes, remove the rosemary sprig and let cool slightly.

3. In a blender, combine the lemon juice, honey and remaining 1 cup of water. Blend until smooth. (I prefer it on the tart side but feel free to adjust the sweetness to taste)

4. Pour into molds, freeze and enjoy.

 

 Are you a fan of sweet & savoury? When was the last time you made ice pops? What do you eat or drink to chill out?

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6 Responses to Sweet & Savoury Ice Pops

  1. I love sweet and savory combos, and all of these look and sound delicious, especially the strawberry basil combo. And, of course the lemon honey one would be a good way to use up some of my rosemary 🙂

  2. Well hello there! Your blog is fantastic! Gorgeous pictures!
    I love homemade popsicles. My friend bought me this thing called a zoku. It freezes your popsicles in minutes. i have yet to try it out, but now you gave me some great ideas!

    • So glad you stopped by! Strawberry-basil is my fave so far…that zoku thing sounds like it could come in handy.

  3. I actually made lemon-honey-basil popsicles yesterday. I made frothy lemonade, and it was too strong, so I decided popsicles would be the answer… I have yet to taste them, but I know they will be fabulous! I’m getting fresh rosemary to try your recipe…

    Raspberries are in season right now. For some reason, I’m thinking raspberry-sage or raspberries with borage flowers in them. Any suggestions?

    • Hi Sonia! If you liked the basil-lemon I’m sure you’ll enjoy with rosemary…I like it a little tart but feel free to sweeten it up to your liking! As for the raspberry sage..sounds delicious! I would follow the strawberry basil
      recipe to guide you…let me know how they turn out!!!

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