April 15, 2010

Homemade Lemon, Strawberry, and Mint Popsicles

Strawberry and mint popsicles
With strawberry prices dropping , we have been enjoying plenty of the red berries in our salads and desserts.  In anticipation of warmer weather (and eager to test out these popsicle molds I bought at Zabar's), I decided to use these berries (and other fresh ingredients) to make homemade popsicles.

Popsicle Ingredients
Homemade Fruit Popsicles (makes 6)
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup hot water
1 package lychee-flavored gelatin
Juice from 2 squeezed lemons
1 Tbsp agave syrup
1 cup sliced strawberries
6 sprigs mint
Lemon zest to taste (optional)
Popsicle directions
Directions:
1. Add hot water to gelatin powder.  You can substitute the lychee-flavored gelatin for any other flavors of Jello.  I used the gelatin as both a sweetener and to give the popsicles that crunchy texture.
2. Add the juice from two squeezed lemons.
3. Add agave syrup to further sweeten the mix.
mint sprigs
4. Put mint sprigs in mold.
strawberries and lemon zest
5. Put strawberries and lemon zest in mold.  We both like tart flavors so I added the lemon zest for extra tartness and color, but it can be omitted.
Strawberry Lemon Lychee Mint popsicles
6. Add liquid to the mold.
7. Freeze overnight.
homemade lemon strawberry popsicle
It's so simple, pretty, and puts us in a summery mood.  We loved the lemonade flavor and fresh ingredients.  And knowing it's healthier than store-bought ones makes us feel a tad less guilty indulging in these frozen treats.

11 comments:

  1. I like your idea of using lychee gelatin! What a fruity and refreshing treat!

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  2. No lychee gelatin around here - but I could make my own. Love the idea of the mint leaves inside of the frozen treat. Cannot beat fresh mint. I LOVE IT. What a great post. Spring is barely rearing her head here in Edmonton, Alberta (Canada), and you are making popsicles. And the most beautiful and exotic pospsicles I have seen, too. I will be trying these out this summer. Gorgeous photos!
    Warmly,
    Valerie

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  3. Wow, these are just so pretty, what a beautiful job you've done with these. Love your website, this is my first time here.
    Have a great weekend.
    *kisses* HH

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  4. @FLB - Thanks!
    @Valerie - I actually bought the lychee jello in an Asian grocery store when I was back home in Toronto, but any Jello/gelatin would do.
    @HH - Thanks for visiting! I love your website too - it's so fun!

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  5. oh wow these look amazing you always do such creative things love it

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  6. Adrianna from A Cozy KitchenApril 16, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    YUM! I love being able to see the chunks of fruit and mint. Beautiful!

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  7. i love this it looks sooo good and refreshing =)

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  8. I recommend applying a couple pulses of a food processor to the fruit pieces, for improved texture (though the whole pieces look nice in pictures).

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  9. Andrea these are absolutely gorgeous! Stunning photography!

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  10. What a great flavor combo! I love the big chunks of strawberry - these look so beautiful and much more appetizing than any store bought popsicle!

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  11. what a fantastic idea; they look great!

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