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Now that summer has finally hit Boston, I've been craving cold treats. Besides my usual standbys of frozen grapes and ice cream, I love homemade popsicles.

I recently tried this recipe out for pina colada paletas (http://cookingwithfrazzoo.blogspot.co...). They were delicious although the creamy part did separate a bit from the juice.

Does anyone have any other interesting homemade popsicle recipes they'd like to share?

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  1. Citrus/ginger combos always get me going. Yum. Or what about orange or tangerine juice infused with thyme or mint? Or chocolate-cinnamon-cayenne?

    1. This summer we've been blending smoothies every morning and many of the blends have been frozen into popsicles.

      Recent entries:
      Peach and vanilla yogurt
      Honeydew melon and cucumbers
      Strawberries and lemon
      Coconut milk and chocolate chips
      Coffee ice cream and bananas

      Have fun experimenting!

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      1. re: HillJ

        HillJ, you forgot these--I still have this idea bookmarked from you. Have yet to make 'em, but they've gotta be killer!
        http://cookbookcatchall.blogspot.com/...

        Oh, and they are "absolutely IN season" now!

        1. re: kattyeyes

          Absolutely! Thanks for adding them! So many choices, so little time!

      2. We have a paleta shop a few hrs away and they always have interesting concoctions:

        mojito pops - lime juice and mint simple syrup
        spicy mango - mango juice and chiles
        lemon rosemary
        blueberry thyme
        mexican chocolate - chocolate pudding and cinnamon

        1. Fine Cooking has a feature on homemade cocktail popsicles in the current issue, and looks like all the recipes are online:

          http://www.finecooking.com/item/10969...

          1. I made a watermelon mint version for the 4th, and it was excellent! Use mostly watermelon, a few strawberries for texture, and cassis for color. Then add as much mint as you'd like, tasting to judge pungency. The speckles of mint are pretty.

            1. Thanks for all the responses! I'm especially loving the Fine Cooking recommendations!

              1. thai iced tea or coffee with sweetened condensed milk
                bloody mary popsicle
                mojito with mint
                pina colada with coconut milk and pineapple juice
                "key lime pie" made with lime juice and sweetened condensed milk

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                1. re: alkapal

                  I want those "key lime" popsicles! Are they just juice and SCM? How much of each?

                  1. re: cuccubear

                    If alkapal is my sister, you must be our long, lost brother. I couldn't be a bigger fool for key lime ANYTHING! ;) Makes me think I need to add popsicle molds to my ever lengthening wish list of kitchen toys.

                    1. re: kattyeyes

                      Last summer, my mother was about to throw away all her old cookie cutters and popsicle molds! I am so glad I stopped by that day! She asks "You really want these old things? They're forty years old!"

                      The popsicle molds are Tupperware from probably 1969. A few of the lids are cracked but they still stand up in the tray. If I make a fresh batch, I’ll post a pic.

                      1. re: cuccubear

                        oh goodness gracious alive!!! >>Last summer, my mother was about to throw away all her old cookie cutters and popsicle molds! I am so glad I stopped by that day! <<<

                        great you stopped by, but sad that she didn't *know* that you'd absolutely want them. bittersweet....

                        ok, now i've GOT to get to work on something useful. ;-)).

                        1. re: alkapal

                          To her they were just junk, to me they were not only memorabilia, but still functional utensils...:-)

                    2. re: cuccubear

                      cuccu -- i'll let you know.... i don't want it puckreringly tart... i'm guessing 2/3 scm, 1/3 lime.

                      let me add: anything plus sweetened condensed milk. lol!

                      1. re: alkapal

                        You know I bought those molds earlier this Spring, two styles... I have fresh peaches in the fridge. But what else would i mix it with, pineapple or mandarin??

                        Do you have a basic recipe that gives the fruit portions and the other... Before I had planned on making yogurt and berry swirl bars and my husband put the molds up on a shelf WAY up high, and I forgot all about them! I'm just like a kid)

                        With this heat these would be so cute, and a great cooler.
                        I don't have my car tomorrow (my dh is using mine until his is done at the shop) and all I have are fresh peaches that I need to work with soon, canned manadarin oranges, and pineapple. I have cream, milk and the canned versions.
                        Mint and a few limes...Grand Marnier, Vermouth, and Sherry.
                        Not much huh?

                        1. re: chef chicklet

                          hey chef c, i wouldn't put fresh peaches with any canned fruit. i'd let the peachy goodness shine through. i might put a drop of vanilla or grand marnier. as a filler, i'd use vanilla yogurt, blended with some gelatin, as greygarious suggests. try it first like this, though: blend some peaches with the yogurt and split the batch, in part "A" also add some gelatin that has been cooled, but leave part "B" as the plain blend of yogurt and peach. then to each batch add some small peach chunks, then fill your molds. see which one holds up and tastes better.

                          remember, too, that fresh pineapple will not allow gelatin to "gel" -- whereas canned pineapple will be fine.
                          ~~~~~~~~
                          here are some of the best ideas i've seen (from the other thread):

                          1. JELLO POPSICLE -- from "burlgurl"

                          1 pkg. Jello
                          1 pkg. Kool Aid
                          1 c. sugar
                          2 c. boiling water
                          2 c. cold water

                          Mix all together then pour into popsicle molds.

                          ~~~~
                          2. FRUITY YOGURT POPS from "pamd"

                          "I basically use up any fresh fruit that I have at home (often bananas, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, mango)- put it in the blender with plain (or vanilla) yogurt. can also add a touch of honey or fruit juice if you want to sweeten it."
                          ~~~~~~
                          3. Gelatin Idea -- -- from "greygarious"

                          "Gelatin helps keep the popsicles from becoming ice-cube hard. Jello can be added if it complements the fruit flavors you are using; plain gelatin packets otherwise, dissolved in some of the liquid, then heated to melt."

                          1. re: chef chicklet

                            chef c, here's the recipe from the july 2009 gourmet magazine, for peaches and cream yogurt popsicles: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

                            1. re: alkapal

                              Thank you these sound perfect!

                              I have quite a few peaches, so this is my project for tomorrow. Now I have to figure out what to do with the rest of the lot. My goodness do they ever smell and taste good;

                              1. re: chef chicklet

                                chicklet, there are so many things you can do with the rest of those peaches:
                                - grill them and serve as a side dish or dessert
                                - make peach salsa
                                - pickle them
                                - poach them & serve over ice cream
                                - make peach ice cream

                                it's been too warm here to bake so i'm thinking of things i would do that don't require turning on the oven :)

                    3. mountain dew with chopped peaches

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                      1. re: Infomaniac

                        that sounds like a halloween concoction -- or maybe put peeled green grapes in the dew. <shudder>

                        1. re: alkapal

                          it's good at halloween too.....here is a small popsicle post from last year
                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/527081

                          1. re: Infomaniac

                            thanks infomaniac. i esp. like greygarious' idea about using gelatin to modify the crystallization.

                      2. I like to add herbs for a more complex flavor. If these are for adults, I also like to put alcohol in my popsicles. ;)
                        Peach with riesling and thyme
                        Strawberry with merlot or cabernet and (optional) basil
                        Any berry with champagne
                        Strawberries with lemon verbena
                        Lemon with lavender

                        Blend any combo with a little sugar and make sure the herbs are finely chopped. Takes a little longer to freeze, but very much worth it.

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                        1. re: thursday

                          here are more boozy pops from gourmet:
                          http://www.gourmet.com/search/query?q...

                          also, the july 2009 gourmet issue has boozy cocktail pops.

                          1. re: thursday

                            The peach (actual pureed peach or juice?), riesling and thyme sounds delicious! How much of each do you put in?

                            1. re: CreativeFoodie42

                              I don't really follow a recipe - it depends how ripe the fruit are. I just put the thyme and peaches into the food processor, add a little sugar and a splash (or a lot more, if I'm feeling sassy!) of riesling and let it sit for about ten minutes to get more juice. Then I stick my finger in it...if it's not sweet enough or liquid enough, I add a little more sugar or a little more booze - the more booze you add, the longer it takes them to freeze (and if you can really taste the alcohol, they won't freeze up ever), so I don't put in a ton. I do leave the skin on the fruit - not sure if that helps it freeze up better, as I imagine it does; I just like getting the extra fiber and such....

                              1. re: thursday

                                Great, thanks! I can't wait to give it a try!

                          2. August 2009 Food&Wine mag has a recipe for watermelon mint popsicles, which we made and really enjoy. It is basically just watermelon pureed with a little sugar, then stir in some lemon rind and (finely, my recc) chopped mint.

                            1. flavor ideas (and recipe link in the penultimate paragraph) here:

                              http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_det...