Stay Cool with DIY Fruit Popsicles
We started off the day with a little Farmers’ Market action. There’s only a couple of markets that run on Sunday’s, but luckily one of them is awesome – the Leslieville Farmers’ Market. It has everything from local fruits and vegetables to honey, fresh bread, beer and more.
We went buck wild and picked up some delicious strawberries (which we had a plan for later in the day!) as well as some amazing pickles from Spade and Spoon and a mushroom pizza for when we got back to my place.
We then sat down to enjoy some croissants and beers from Rorschach Brewery, which is just around the corner. This beer had tea in it, which made it a really nice pairing with our croissants.
Then it was time to put those delicious strawberries to use! For us, summer means popsicles. There’s something about popsicles that are super nostalgic. When we were kids we used to hit the corner store and get those basic popsicles you could break in half. I would always get really excited when I could track down the banana ones. But it’s time for something a little bit cooler. We picked up some cool popsicle molds from Amazon so we could make our own.
I had been seeing super cool layered popsicles on Pinterest and had really wanted to make my own. Having these fresh strawberries seemed like a pretty good excuse to make it happen so we made four kinds: strawberry kiwi, cantaloupe blackberry, mango strawberry and a rainbow mix of pineapple, kiwi, blackberry and strawberry. And guess what the best part is? It was pretty easy!
We didn’t really follow a recipe, and will be honest with you – we made a mistake with our mango popsicles the first time around. We underestimated the importance of adding liquid because we wanted them to be really rich, like a sorbet, but we we had a really hard time pulling them out of the mold because they weren’t freezing very well!
Use the breakdown below as a guide, but keep in mind the quantity of ingredients depends on what mold you’re using as well as how many popsicles you’d like to make. What we’ve included below accounts for approx. 5 popsicles each. If you have leftover liquid in your blender, you can just drink it like a smoothie!
- 2 cups of strawberries
- 2 kiwis, peeled
- 1 cup of herbal tea, chilled (we used Moringa Mermaid from David’s Tea, which has notes of honeydew melon, pineapple and moringa)
- 2 cups of cantaloupe, diced
- 1 cup of blackberries
- 1/2 cup of herbal tea
- 1 mango, peeled
- 3-4 strawberries, sliced
Rainbow (pineapple, kiwi, blackberry and strawberry)
- 1/2 cup of pineapple chunks
- 4-5 strawberries
- 1/2 cup blackberries
- 1 kiwi, peeled
- 1 cup of herbal tea
- Purée each fruit in a blender or food processor, dividing the tea between each type of fruit to add some liquid in to the mix.
- Pour each fruit mixture into the popsicle mold, alternating types for a layered effect.
- Add the popsicle sticks.
- Freeze for at least 4 hours.
We also have a great idea for how you can put those popsicles to good use. By now, you may have noticed that we really like prosecco. In fact, we try and find a way to incorporate prosecco in to everything that we do. And today was no exception. Put your popsicle in a wine glass and just pour prosecco all over it. You won’t regret it. See more photos go down here.
We’ve gathered some sweet jams for you to listen to while those popsicles freeze.Click Here to Start Listening!