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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Mango Strawberry Pop...Things That Make You Go yummmmmm

 


We have finally hopped on the bandwagon with homemade Popsicles.  We pass on the cupcake trend since my kids decided they hated cupcakes, huh???  Cake pops although extremely cute and clever looked just too time consuming.  I did enjoy following bakerella’s blog during the development and thought where did she find the time.  But, what a huge payoff!  Also out in my desert wasteland, we lack specialty stores.  Internet is always an option but I love to shop and touch, feel, smell, debate and so on. 

We stumbled upon some pop molds. In addition, fresh fruit from our garden and the grocery store is always plentiful.  And man it is always hot here.  Yesterday my minivan registered 119, but it is dry heat, thank goodness…finally!  A perfect endeavor for us and a healthy snack too.    

This mango strawberry pop was our first go at it and yum.  Last week I tried to sneak some protein powder into a nectarine pops and those little buggers gave me a scrunched up face and yuck, darn, darn, darn. 
 
We plan to continue our pop experiments on our own and with the help of FineCooking create your own feature, so much fun!  It is like a video game.  Choice your ingredients and wa-la your complete recipe created for you by you.

Next week we go exotic after we visit Cardenas Market.  A great grocery store loaded with Mexican specialties.

  Mango Strawberry POP
From Fine Cooking

1/2 cup granulated sugar
½ cup water
pinch kosher salt
3 medium mangos, peeled, pitted, and cut into chunks
½ cup sliced strawberries

~ combine the sugar, salt, and 1/2 cup water in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat
~ bring to a boil and make sure the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and let the syrup cool completely
~ transfer the syrup to a 1-quart liquid measuring cup
~ puree the mango chunks in batches in a blender
~ measure out 2 cups of puree (save any extra for another use) and combine it with the syrup
~ distribute the sliced strawberries among ten 1/3-cup pop molds
~ add the fruit mixture to each mold
~ stir gently with a Popsicle stick to distribute the quartered strawberries
~ freeze until partially frozen, about 1 hour. Insert sticks and freeze again until the pops are fully set, 4 to 6 hours more or like me just stick the sticks or holders when you put them in the freezer
~ to unmold, dip the mold in a deep pan of hot water until the pops pull out easily, 30 to 40 seconds, or let sit at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes
~ unmold and store the pops in individual resealable plastic bags; they are best eaten within 3 weeks
  

11 comments:

  1. These look so delish! Lucky for you with the dry heat. We have the humid heat and geeze ... This will be a refreshing treat on these hot days. :)

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  2. It's very..very good! I loved this ice cream...Im Brazil we like so much mango.

    Congratulations.
    Please, I invite you to know my blog and to know a little bit of the brazilian cookin.

    http://kibe-cozinhandocomamigos.blogspot.com/

    Hugs!

    Luiz

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  3. i haven't gotten on the popsicle making bandwagon yet but looking at your delicious mango popsicle, i really should get on board!
    it looks so pretty too :)

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  4. I really have been looking at some popsicle molds and sticks. These look so delicious-almost like it is just an chunk of fruit infused together. Yum!

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  5. Ya know, I'm not on the homemade popsicle bandwagon....but I should be. These look amazing! Thanks for the friendship request and I look forward to seeing many more of your posts on FoodBuzz...

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  6. Guess it's about time I made some popsicles.

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  7. Hi KL..this is a great summer treat. I never thought of this ..mango and strawberry in popsicles...I want one !!! slurp slurp slurp....drooling all over my keyboard and thinking this is one way to use up the strawberries I bought. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe :)
    Cheers,
    Elin

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  8. What a beautiful pop! I'm on the bandwagon, myself, and I think I need to get more molds! I LOVE mango.

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  9. This looks delicious and refreshing! Yum! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Lol! I have "snuck" protein powder into so many different things and was busted for each and every time! Great recipe :)

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  11. I've also hopped on the popsicle bandwagon, just haven't posted any yet! These look great, I love the combo of mango and strawberry!

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