Monday, May 17, 2010

Popsicles of the Week: Mango-Ginger, Grape, and Pink Lemonade


We went wild last week making popsicles, choosing three popsicle recipes and loving each and every one of them! The Zoku Quick Pop Maker is one of our favorite new kitchen gadgets and we've been having lots of fun breaking it in.

I was really excited to find mangoes on sale in my market for 50 cents a piece, so I chose these Mango-Ginger Popsicles.

Mango-Ginger
Adapted from Ice Pops by Shelly Kaldunski
Makes 8-10 Ice Pops
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger
2 ripe mangoes, about 1-3/4 pound (875g) total weight
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
pinch of salt
1/2 cup water
In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, ginger, and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar has completely dissolved and syrup has formed. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.
Peel each mango and cut the flesh from the pits, discarding the pits. Chop the flesh and place in a blender or food processor. Add the lime juice, salt, and the cooled ginger syrup and process until very smooth.
If using conventional ice pop molds, divide the mixture among the molds. Cover and freeze until solid, at least 4 hours or up to 3 days.

Notes/Results
: I knew that I was going to love these popsicles, but I wasn't sure about my husband and the kids. My husband and daughter don't like mangoes and wouldn't try them, but my son and I both loved them. The taste of the ginger was subtle and provided an extra dimension of flavor. The popsicles were more of a creamy consistency, which made them extra yummy. If I can find more mangoes, I will definitely make more of these.

Our second choice, or kids choice, were these Grape Pops. These grape pops are so easy; you really don't need a recipe. The basic idea is to get a handful of purple grapes and slice them in half. Drop a couple grape halves down into the bottom of the popsicles molds and top off with white grape juice.

Notes/Results: As suspected, the kids loved the grape juice popsicles plain, without the frozen grape halves. We were all very pleasantly surprised by how sweet and tasty these grape pops actually were. My husband and I liked the pop of the frozen grape halves and enjoyed their sweetness. However, I did have trouble unmolding the pops with the frozen grapes. The popsicles kept breaking where the grape halves were attached. It happened over and over. I'd like to try it again, adding a tablespoon or so of grape juice first, then grape halves, followed by more juice. I'm hoping that this modification will work, because we really did love these popsicles. These grape pops couldn't be simpler, so we made them twice this week.

Last but not least, are these pretty Pink Lemonade Popsicles. They were really tasty and a huge hit at my daughter's birthday party this weekend. The kids loved them and I was happy to see that some kids chose the pink lemonade popsicles over birthday cake! The pink lemonade popsicles get their pretty pink hue from the addition of strawberries. With fresh strawberries in season, this is a great popsicle to make right now. In fact, you may even have all the ingredients on hand.

Pink Lemonade Pops
Adapted from Shelly Kaldunski
Makes 9-11 Ice Pops
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 4 lemons)
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons superfine sugar
2 fresh or frozen strawberries, hulled (I used one super duper large strawberry)
pinch of salt
1-3/4 cups water
In a blender or food processor, combine the lemon zest, lemon juice, and the sugar. Pour in 1-3/4 cup water. Add the strawberries and salt and blend until the mixture is smooth and pink.
If using conventional ice pop molds, divide the mixture among the molds. Cover and freeze until solid, at least 4 hours or up to 3 days.
Notes/Results: Everyone loved these popsicles! They were super easy and quick, no simple syrup necessary. What I liked about these popsicles was that they were made with ingredients that I almost always have on hand, especially this time of year. These pops will be repeated over and over again as they seemed to be a huge hit with the kids.

THE WINNER OF SHELLY KALDUNSKI'S ICE POPS BOOK IS DEB @ KAHAKAI KITCHEN!! Yay Deb!! I will be emailing you so that I can send the book out to you!

25 comments:

  1. Yay for Deb....I guess...cause I really wanted that book...boo for me... yay for Deb!

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  2. Congratulation to Deb. All of your pop look so good.
    Mimi

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  3. i seriously sat here for a good minute trying to decide which was my favorite. i think i'm going to have to say the pink lemonade, but the mango come as a close second. This is so fun, i can't wait to try them wtih my kids!

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  4. All of these pops have me craving something cold and sweet! Especially those mango ginger - yum.

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  5. That mango/ginger pop sounds like my kind of treat. I must admit that the color of your pink lemonade pop is a real temptation. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  6. Mmmm mango ginger sounds really good! Of course the pink lemonade would be awesome too:) Both would be refreshing after working in the yard on a hot summer day!!

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  7. I would be a fan of the mango and ginger pop. The flavor combo just would be so refreshing. Congrats to Deb.

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  8. Such spring fun. The mango-ginger ones definitely interest me.

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  9. Now I want pink lemonade pops!

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  10. can I have the ginger mango one please!

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  11. Ok, you are convincing me to buy some ice pop molds!!

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  12. Seems like ginger-mango is the winner! Love the fact that they were creamy. Mmmmm

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  13. Yay me! ;-) Thank you so much. I am very excited--I rarely win anything and I am excited to make some of the delicious pops you have been making. ;-) Of course the mango-ginger ones have won my heart.

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  14. I am loving the Popsicles of the Week feature--so much fun! I'd have to say the Pink Lemonade sounds the best to me!

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  15. The grape pops are so elegant looking. I love that idea!

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  16. I want a popsicle! Mango ginger first please!

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  17. Lucky Deb!
    Those pink popsicles would be perfect for a little girl's birthday party.
    But I'm going for the grape!

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  18. Very good! The look great, especially the pink lemonade!

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  19. Those look delicious!!!I love making popsicles...They are very popular in Colombia...We make them with tropical fruits.

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  20. What scrumptious pops you have been making! Mango and ginger are a delicious combo. And I can see why those pretty pink ones were a hit!

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  21. Looks like you've been having fun! I think the pink ones would be my favorite too.

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  22. Hy Kim,
    Loved your recipe...with cute presentation.
    First time here...Happy to follow you. Do drop in at my blog sometime.

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  23. how fun! i love all the different falvors you tried. these look fantastic! perfect for the warmer months that are (hopefully) coming soon. great blog!

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  24. What gorgeous popsicles! We're a house divided on mangos too. My two yr. old and I love them, my 5 yr old and husband do not. Next time mangos are on sale I might just buy them for this purpose. I found my popsicle molds in my scary tupperware cupboard last week. Now it's game on!

    And I'm catching up on my reading. Your movie night dinner totally had me drooling. Good cookin', lady!

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  25. Yum! They sound delicious. I am going to try the pink lemonade iceblocks soon!

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