Popsicle of the Week: Round Up

It’s starting to get cold here in Montreal and I am starting up a few projects for the fall so I thought it was a good time to end Popsicle of the Week. I had a few recipes ideas still but will keep those for next year. I had a great time coming up with recipes and modifying ones I found online and cannot wait for the weather to get good again so I can make more! Coming up though I think I will have a monthly recipe on the blog of one of my many desserts recipes. I am cooking so much more in the last few weeks, it’s been great. I thought the best way to sum up a great summer of popsicles was to give you guys a quick way to reach each recipe!  Look out next month for more recipes.

Dulce de Leche dulce de leche (12)

Pina Colada & Pina Colada2homemade popsicle

Raseberry 3 Wayraseberry popsicles

Mango Lassi

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Gin and Tonic

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Pink Lemonadepink lemonade (3)

Kiwi Strawberry

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Mango and Peachmango peach popsicle (5)

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Popsicle of the Week: Mango Lassi

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Last year was the first time I really started exploring Indian food and through it I discovered one of my treasured drinks, Mango Lassi. I’ve never made my own mango lassi before (and if this works out and taste delicious perhaps it’ll become my new weekend thing to do) but I thought in popsicle form? I must. So this is my attempt, and again I used the internet for guidance in my recipe as I had no idea what was in a mango lassi besides mango and yogurt. It turns out…that was about it. My twist is no sugar, and making it organic because I love making my popsicles as natural as possible. My recipe will make about 10 popsicles, hope you enjoy and let me know if you tried it out.

What You’ll Need:ingredients

  • Honey
  • 2 Mangos
  • Greek Yogurt
    *I am using organic but any type works great

Time:

10 minutes to prep, 7-8 hours in freezer

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Popsicle of the Week: 3 Unique Twists

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For today’s Popsicle of the Week I wanted to show 3 ways to spice up your popsicles whether its decorating your popsicle sticks, using a unqie molds and making cocktail popsicles. All three are simple and easy ways to customize your popsicles just beacuase or for a special event (birthday party, bachlorrete….). Check out below and let me know what you think in the comments!

1. Decorative and Customized Sticks
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All you need for this step is some non-toxic markers and popsicle sticks to decorate. Simple use the marks to decorate 1 end of the popsicle in any design you fancy from a chevron pattern to hearts. Even better, come up with an imaginary popsicle company name (mine’s Luna Pops) and write it on the stick. After you’ve finished decorating put aside the sticks to dry before using. It’s a fun activity to do on your own or with the friends or family.  Even if you have a mold with plastic sticks you can still decorate and customize your own sticks, simple use cups (dixie, shot glass, anything) whenever you want to use your customized sticks.
TIP: if you’re worried about your kids sucking on the popsicle sticks afterwards think about investing in some edible markers.

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more design ideas:
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2. Creative Molds

Who said you had to use the same boring old mold every time? Mix it up and buy another mold that has a bit of whimsy. Whether it’s dinosaurs or rockets, there is plenty of molds to make you (or your kids) smile. Even better, why not try an ice cube tray and make mimi-popsicles. There are so many wonderful ice cube trays out on the market nowadays and you can easy convert them to make mini-popsicles. Simple take a reqular popsicle stick and break in half, then use sandpaper to even out the rough edges or easier still use toothpicks.

My favourite creative molds:
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Popsicles of the Week: Strawberry Kiwi + Storing

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This week I thought we needed another classic flavour combination, so I went with kiwi strawberry (one of my personal favs beside pina colada). What better way than making it a 2 ingredient chunky popsicle, no sugar, no dairy just kiwi and strawberry. I am going to show you two different ways to make this combination of fruit and you can either make 5 popsicles and use half the ingredients or make a full  10 depending on your mold. Have fun!

What You’ll Need:strawberry kiwi popsicles (3)

  • 6 Kiwis
  • 10 Strawberries
  • Blender (or food processor)
  • Knife and cutting board

Time:

5 minutes to prep the mixture, 4 hours in the freezer

Steps:

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Popsicle of the Week: Dulce De Leche

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This week’s popsicle of the week is Victor’s favourite sweet, dulce de leche. He is from Chile were dulce de leche is a very popular snack even though it an Argentinian. He will eat a whole bottle of it in a few days just by eating spoonful’s so I knew I had to make him popsiclse flavored after it. I searched the internet for a recipe as I didn’t know how to go about making a popsicle that wasn’t fruit based but I didn’t have much luck. There were a lot of dulce de leche and lemon popsicle recipes (gross) but finally I found one with just dulce de leche. However the recipe called for 10 ingredients so I knew straight away I wouldn’t be using it but it gave me an idea on how to make the popsicle creamy…cream! However it seems that all recipes still had yogurt as the base so I decided to be creative and use coconut Greek yogurt. In Chile they have a dessert that is very common made with dulce de leche and coconut so I knew the flavors would suit each other well and off I went! This recipe only has 3 ingredients and is for 5 popsicles molds.
EDIT: I made these before going on vacation and didn’t have a chance to take photos of the final results. When I made them again I didn’t do the swirl effect that the recipe shows.

What You’ll Need:

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  • Dulce de leche
    *in Montreal it’s easy to pick up in the grocery store section where you find peanut butter
    *if you cannot find go to a store that has South American products
  • Coconut Yogurt
    *Organic if you can find
  • Cream (15%)
  • Whisk
  • Bowls and spoons

Time:

5minutes to prep the mixture, 4 hours in the freezer

Steps:

  1. Add 1 cup of dulce de leche to a microwavable bowl. Put in microwave for 10 second intervals until creamy texture.
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  2. Take 1/4th cup of cream to a bowl and add in 1 cup of coconut yogurt. Mix with a whisk until smooth.
    *I added a few more tablespoons of cream to make it smoother after mixing
    *the coconut yogurt I use comes with shredded coconut, if you use a different brand I would suggest maybe adding in 2 tablespoon of finely shredded coconut
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  3. Then add in 80% of the dulce de leche and mix until incoperated.
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  4. Add in most of remaining dulce de leche to the mixutre but do not mix beyond a few turns.
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  5. Put into mold, and add the last spoonfuls of dulce de leche to the top of the mold.
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  6. Clean top and put on lid and stickers before putting in freezer for 4 hours.
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 Final Thoughts:

These were more an experiment the first time I made them and I didn’t even need to adjust the recipe at all or try again – they turned out great. The combination of the dulce de leche and the coconut flavour is amazing and they turned out very creamy. I loved the added cream, it does such a great job at removing the usually yogurt taste and made it seem more ice cream in flavour instead. What I would suggest is when mixing the yogurt with the cream, start with what I’ve used here but then add a tablespoon of cream at a time and taste afterwards each spoonful. You want to keep the coconut flavor but make it creamer. I think the only thing I would change would to be to add more of swirl effect or just mix the dulce de leche in completely. I think having just a little bit of it for me at least not as texturally pleasing as it could be. If you know anyone who loves dulce de leche, these are a great treat to make them and I am sure they will be over the moon! If you have any suggestions for my next recipe let me know in the comments.

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Popsicle of the Week: Pink Lemonade

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There is nothing more refreshing and summery than homemade lemonade! I thought for this week’s popsicle of the week I would try a twist on lemonade and made pink lemonade popsicles! For my ‘pink’ flavour I used raspberries but strawberries can be used as well (and you can add vodka if you want to make your lemonade ‘hard’). My recipe for today makes 10 popsicles so for a small mold you will have some refreshing pink lemonade left over to drink or use later for more popsicles. Hope you enjoy this classic summer recipe!

What You’ll Need:pink lemonade (27)

  • 3 Lemons
  • Sugar
  • Raspberries
  • Popsicle mold
  • Blender
  • Juicer or Fork

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Popsicle of the Week: Pina Colada Round 2

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Pina Colada “Round Two”

This week’s popsicle of the week was inspired by my first pina colada popsicles (recipe is here). I really loved them and wanted to try again but try a different combination of ingredients. I really wanted it to be more chunky and to incorporate yogurt to make them creamy and more like the Fruiti popsicls that I love. I also wanted to add banana even though it’s not tradition pina colada. This is my first recipe that is not completely natural but if you have the time to shredded fresh coconut or can find organic coconut, power to you! This recipe is for my mold and fits just a bit over then 10 popsicles, if you have a smaller mold just half the recipe. I really loved making these and it was super simple like the previous recipes.
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Popsicle of the Week: Raseberry

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Raseberries are just one of those fruits that I love to pick up from farmer’s market in the summer and seeing where I can get them the cheapest. When raseberry season comes around I usually pick up a container every few days, and have in the past even horded them at the rippest part of the season and frozen them in my fridge to use year around in smoothies. I enjoy raseberries on their own however and I don’t usually mix them with other fruit..so I thought for this week I’d show you 3 different recipes for simpe raseberry popsicles using the same 3 ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • small containers of raseberries
    *each recipe is for 5 molds, and uses 1 small container of raseberries
    *I am using fresh local raseberries.
  • Vanilla yogurt
  • Honey

What you’ll need:

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Popsicle of the Week: Mango & Peach

popsicle of the weekI wanted to make really simple juice popsicles for this popsicle of the week and why not use my favourite juice, mango and peach nectar. I’m a sucker for all things peach or mango flavoured and nectar juice is always in our house. I thought I’d share 3 different recipes as each only has a few ingredients and take almost no time at all to put together. Each recipe is for 5 popsicles but for all of them I just pour the juice form the container straight into the mold, so no measure really required. Hope you like these simple recipes, and let me know in the comments if you’ve tried making them !

Ingredients: mango peach popscile

  • 1 mango
  • 1 peach
  • 1/4 cup of yogurt
    *vanilla or plain yogurt
    *i use natural yogurt
  • Nectar peach & mango juice
    *any brandTime:  10 minutes prep time, 5hours in freezer

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Popsicle of the Week: Blueberry & Strawberry

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This is my 2nd week of sharing my summer recipes for popsicle of the week! I hope you enjoyed the first one, I’ve been making popsicles non-stop since I got my mold in June. I have so many ideas for recipes, it will be exciting to show you my experiments for the summer. Today’s recipe is for strawberry and blueberry yogurt popsicles. A classic combo and a great way to make colorful and interesting looking popsicles. I like using organic and fresh fruits when I can for maximum flavour and health but remember if you can’t get organic or have a bag of frozen berries they will work great so feel free to incorporate whatever you have available for you.  Even better if you have a chance to go to a local farm or farmers market or if your lucky enough to grow your own berries, use those! My first recipe was for making a full 10 popsicles, however I know most people have smaller molds than me so today’s recipe is for only 5 popsicles molds, and I have an alternative method for this recipe so its two recipes in one.

homemade popsicles (2)Ingredients and Tools:

  • Plain or Vanilla yogurt
    *I like using natural yogurt, but any brand will do
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Honey
  • Cutting board and knife
  • Popsicle mold
  • Bowl
  • Spoon

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