Strawberry Popsicles

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    Hot days require cool treats.

    It’s already the end of May.  Where does the time go?!

    It has been HOT this week.  I’m too cheap to turn on the air-conditioner.  I hate seeing my electricity bills during the summer.  Around mid-July or early August, I eventually cave in when the kitchen feels like a sauna.  The air-conditioner will have to wait until them to make its appearance.

    a collection of strawberry popsicles

    Instead I’m keeping cool with all these frozen goodies.  I recently purchased a new popsicle mold and I LOVE it.  I don’t know why I never got one before.  I’m so glad I did.  These popsicle molds will work hard this summer.

    These strawberry popsicles are so light and refreshing, especially with the addition of lemon juice and lemon zest.  The lemon really helps to bring the strawberry flavor to life.  Its best to use super ripe, fresh strawberries so you don’t have to add more sugar.  Luckily, I have lots of sweet strawberries that I bought up at the farms in Oxnard (see Strawberry Yogurt Mousse CakeStrawberry Pie, and Strawberry Cupcakes for more strawberry recipes.)

    I feel like popsicles are the cupcakes of summer.  You see them everywhere.  I’ve also noticed a recent trend with fancy artisanal frozen pops with interesting flavor combinations and unique fruits.  Regardless of whether it’s a trend or not, popsicles are a mainstay that will be forever ingrained with hot summer days.

    strawberry popsicles

    Strawberry Popsicles

    Yield: makes 12 popsicles

    Ingredients:

    • 2 pints fresh strawberries (about 1 1/2 pounds), hulled and sliced
    • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar (more or less depending on sweetness of your strawberries)
    • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
    • zest from half lemon
    • optional: sliced kiwis, carrot-orange juice

    Directions:

    1. In a bowl, combine sliced strawberries and sugar. Let sit for 10-15 minutes to allow strawberries to expel juice.
    2. In a food processor (or blender), combine strawberry-sugar mixture, lemon juice and lemon zest. Process until smooth.
    3. Pour strawberry puree into molds with wooden sticks and place in freezer.
    4. Freeze for at least 3 hours until popsicle is solid. To remove popsicles from mold, submerge mold into room temperature or slightly warm water for a couple of minutes. Remove from water and pull popsicles out.
    5. * If using kiwis, place a couple of sliced kiwis up against the inside of the mold. The kiwi should adhere to the sides. Then pour strawberry puree and freeze.
    6. * If adding carrot-orange juice, add after filling mold halfway with strawberry puree. Then freeze as normal.

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    Comments

    Arnhild

    These look so delicious, and easy to make! I have one question. In step one, where you say to leave the strawberries until the have expelled juice, do you mean for one to discard the juice, or blend all of it together?

      Maryanne

      Combine the strawberries with the sugar and wait for strawberries to juice. Then blend everything together.

    Ash

    It’s too beautiful to bite into..

    Karen

    Summer just got a whole lot better! I can’t wait to try these. I’m tempted to even splurge on a juicer – the carrot orange part looks so good. Thanks!

      Maryanne

      Thanks, Karen! Packaged juices work great too. I really like Naked Juice’s products because they are just as fresh as juicing it yourself!

    louise

    I’ve never seen these trays for making popsicles, where can i get them?

    Liv Kira Seitzberg

    I’m certainly going to make this. Another question that I really hope you can answer, where did you get the plate with the little hearts, it’s such cute..

      Maryanne

      Aren’t they the cutest?! I wish I had bought more. I got them at a store called Daiso. Its a Japanese $1 store and I think they have a handful of locations scattered throughout California.

    Genesis Rivas

    This recipe looks amazing! Would you mind if we use this recipe for our local newspaper in Long Island NY, for our feature on “DIY Popsicles”? Of course you would be credited!