With just the tiniest bit of honey and loaded with fruit, these homemade popsicles are a guilt-free treat perfect for a hot summer day. Skip to the recipe.
We may have enough tennis balls in our yard to outfit the entire US Open – if (of course) the Williams sisters and their cohorts like the dirt-caked, slobber-logged variety. Serena and Venus find them scattered throughout the blackberry bushes and making small tennis ball homes in the tall grass beside the woods. A few balls have most likely made their way to our neighbors’ yards, left as friendly-reminders of Zeus visits.
But the real treasure chest is under our porch. High enough for tennis balls to roll and cats to crawl, it’ll require a remodel before we ever uncover this part of Zeus’ collection. Perhaps by then the tennis balls will begin to break down?
With summer in full swing, ball chasing and yard walking have turned into the perfect excuse for body tanning. Many an afternoon, you can find me meandering the grass with my chuck-it and my bathing suit as Zeus casually loses another tennis ball or two. (Seriously. I think we keep the tennis ball companies in business.)
The Pacific Northwest’s summer is here – with temps hitting 80+ driving much of the local population to moan over the intense heat. As grey-sky babies, we’re not used to climbing temps and bright lights. When means, we need a little something to help us get by. Something like popsicles!
In the United Kingdom they’re known as ice lollies or ice pops. In New Zealand folks call them ice blocks. Australia calls them icy poles. In the Philippines they’re ice drops. And in the Cayman Islands they’re chihiros.
Tomato. Tomato. Who cares what you call them? Popsicles are frozen goodness.
There are a lot of delightful concoctions out there, like grown-up popsicles loaded with booze. (Molly Yeh has a fabulous gin one I can’t wait to try!) There are popsicles coated in chocolate and popsicles sprinkled with coconut. There are ones with sugar and ones made with almond milk.
And then there are the guilt-free popsicles made with fruit and just the tiniest bit of honey. These are the popsicles we tend to make – because you can have them whenever you want without feeling guilty!
Quick(ish) Aside: Zoku Character Pops
We got our first set of character pops when we got married and absolutely LOVE them. They’re super fun and easy to clean. But what really made me loyal to the Zoku brand is their customer service. I lost one of our reusable popsicle handles. They weren’t for sale online, so I asked if they could recommend a suitable replacement. They sent me an entire new set for free!
1 Cup Pineapple
1 Lime Juiced
1 Cup Strawberries
1 TBS honey
In a blender, process pineapple, half the lime juice, and ½ TBS honey until desired thickness. Remove blended fruit and place it in a separate container. Rinse blender clean.
Add strawberries, remaining lime juice, and remaining honey to a blender. Process until desired thickness.
Alternately pour blended pineapple and strawberry into the popsicle molds. Freeze until solid. Serve frozen.