|Orange blossom ice pops from Homestead Survival|
This could be the year that the ice pop becomes the new cupcake. I’m sure some Brooklyn hipster is just about to debut an artisinal ice pop cart pulled by heirloom draft dogs.
Cynicism aside, what I like about ice pops is that, unlike other desserts, you can make them with either small amounts of sugar or no sugar at all. All you need is a ice pop mold and a freezer. What follows are a few links to recipes for healthy ice pops, perfect for those hot August days:
- Homestead Survival has a recipe for orange blossom water popsicles. They are just fruit, water, honey, lemon juice and some orange blossom water.
- The Sweet Life has some chocolate dipped peanut banana bars that look amazing.
- I’ve been making ice pops out of Fany Gerson’s book Paletas: Authentic Recipes for Mexican Ice Pops, Shaved Ice and Aguas Frescas. I’ve made a couple of the recipes with just a small amount of sugar or no sugar at all and they’ve turned out great. These are ice pops for adults–think spicy ingredients like mezcal and avocado.
- You can, of course, just freeze some fruit juice and keep things simple.
As to how I make them, I’ve got some old Tupperware type ice pop molds that I’ve used for years. Pure simplicity. Take note Brooklyn hipsters: the paletas may be the new fixie. Start training those draft dogs.