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Chef Brittany Flint

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Circling back to last year's Summer recipes this 4th of July. Celebrate with my fresh fruit pops with whatever you have on hand! Don't forget to let me know how yours turn out in the comments.




 

Homemade Popsicles

One of my favorite things to make in the Summer, while the fruit is fresh, are popsicles. My kids enjoy chopping the fruit and of course eating them as a snack. Plus there's practically no prep time for most of these recipes. This first recipe is a Watermelon-Lime Pop that you could just as easily be substituted with any melon you prefer or pineapple. I'll also include the Guava-Dragonfruit as well as Mango-Coconut Lime.


Let's talk stabilizer

You'll see the option to include Xanthan Gum. This just stabilizes and emulsifies the natural fruit juice liquid with the solids and reduces ice crystals during the freezing process. Some of the recipes call for a Simple Syrup which, if concentrated and reduced can be used as an alternative stabilizer. If you don't care about an icy texture then don't sweat it, but if you're up for it order Xanthan and keep it in your pantry. It's a great substitute for cornstarch [well any starch] and flour.



Finding the right mold

Without much research I ordered my Miaowoof Homemade Popsicle Trays through Amazon. They came with everything you need: 10pc tray w/ top, infinite amount of wooden sticks, 10 reusable pop sticks, a ton of sealable freezer bags, a funnel, wash brush and a recipe book. The silicone is BPA free and super easy to unmold. I haven't had any issues with this product and highly recommend you buy it for your homemade popsicle trials


A note from Chef B

I hope you use these recipes as more of a guideline; either for a fun activity to do over the weekend or just to have more control over what you and your family consume. Feel free to rearrange flavor combinations or layer them for an awesome presentation. Planning an adult party? Add a splash of your favorite spirit, wine or seltzer for a boozy pop. Subscribe, share and tag me on social media if and/or when you decide to make these.







 

Fresh Fruit Pops


Watermelon-Lime Fruit Pops - yields approximately 20 pops

Prep time: 30 minutes

Total freeze time: 4 - 5 hours

Ingredients

1/2 of a seedless watermelon - peeled and roughly chopped

2 1/2 cups Simple Syrup - follow recipe above

3 limes - zested and juiced

3/4 tsp Xanthan Gum - optional

Simple Syrup - yields approximately 1qt

Directions

Ingredients

Directions

Mango-Coconut Lime Pops - yields approximately 20 pops

Prep time: 30 minutes

Total freeze time: 4 - 5 hours



Ingredients

28oz container of Mango Nectar - Giant keeps this item stocked in the international isle

1 mango - peeled and diced

16oz can of coconut milk

2 1/2 cups lime Simple Syrup

Simple Syrup - yields approximately 1qt

Directions


 




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