As a child I remember hot, sticky summers and one of the easiest ways to cool down (besides running through a sprinkler or a swim in the river) was by eating popsicles. My siblings and I would raid the freezer, sometimes taking an extra one with permission! When my kids were old enough, I would make my homemade version of a popsicle by using juices of various kinds. Since moving to New York I’ve found spots throughout the city that sell Paletas; a Latin-American ice pop made from fresh fruit. I wish I had known about these when my kids were younger as they’re a fun way to introduce fruit. Paletas can be milk or water (ice) based. The icy paletas are usually transparent and have pieces of fruit suspended throughout. The milk version paleta de leche is creamy when you first bite into it, with some flavors akin to eggnog. Mexican ice pops flavors might not appeal to all but they certainly tantalize the taste buds! How about cucumber with chili or sweet curdled milk with cinnamon? For now, I am happy to experiment with fruit.
Makes 6 ice pops
1/2 a pineapple, peeled and cut out core
1 ripe mango, peeled and chopped
2 large navel oranges, peeled and segmented (view a short video here)
6 ice pop containers
|I found these at Whole Foods.|
Roughly chop pineapple and add to a blender or food processor. Add the remaining fruit and process until smooth. Using a measuring cup (with a lip) pour fruit sauce equally into each ice pop container – not to the top otherwise it will expand as it freezes and you’ll end up with a mess. Pop into the freezer for at least 4 hours. When ready to eat, you may have to run some hot water on the outside to free the ice pops.
The Culinary Chase’s Note: This was so good and refreshing! Use your own favorite fruit or frozen mixed berries with your favorite juice. Enjoy!