I wanted to try making a really pretty rainbow ice pop, even though it meant using artificial coloring. So today I did, and I learned a few things:
1. One drop of red food coloring makes lemonade pink, not red.
2. There are two tablespoons in an ounce, not three.
3. My tablespoon measure is wildly inaccurate.
As a result of all of these lessons, I came up with an ice pop that was really pretty, but not exactly a successful rainbow:
I think I need to try this one again. I don’t know why, but I am obsessed with making a pretty rainbow pop. I don’t think I can rest until I work it out.
Since I made those red, white & blue ice pops last week, I’ve been thinking about making a full-on rainbow ice pop. Trouble is, I don’t really like using artificial colors to make ice pops. I (and my kids) get enough of those in our daily allowance of Cheetos and there doesn’t seem to be much point to my adding more. So I decided that for my first try at a rainbow ice pop, I needed to at least try to make the majority of the colors come from actual juice. That means a lot of different juices:
Cherry juice for red, orange juice for obvious reasons, pineapple juice for yellow, green smoothie for green, lemonade and food coloring for blue, V-8 Fusion for purple. I decided y’all didn’t really need to see indigo.
You’ll note that there’s no blue juice there. For one thing, I ran out of the blueberry smoothie I had last week. For another, no fruit or fruit juice I”ve ever used actually comes close to the color blue I associate with the rainbow. So I abandoned my principles a little and used some blue food coloring. And while I was at it, I colored the V-8 juice for the purple, too. The actual juice, while purple-ish, had too much of a red tint for what I wanted.
The pop turned out pretty, though not as vibrant or clean as I’d wanted:
I wish the green had been a less muddy color, specifically. But still, not bad for a pop made mostly out of unsweetened fruit juices. One of these days, I’ll try it the artificial way just for comparison’s sake.
Sorry, y’all, for skipping yesterday. I have no real excuse except that we’re in the final days of a really fun, really busy vacation and I spent yesterday hanging out with my family rather than making an ice pop.
Plus also, I really wanted to make another stab at red, white and blue ice pops, but I kept forgetting to borrow or buy food coloring. It wasn’t until today that I managed to pick some up.
Generally, I object to using food coloring unless it’s absolutely necessary. I figure there’s enough fake stuff in the rest of the foods we eat that I don’t need to make more. But I tried these pops with fruit juice and the colors just weren’t right. They needed a little artificiality.
I used all lemonade for these popsicles. For each of the layers I used two ounces (distributed among three ice pop molds). I used one drop of blue food coloring in the blue layer, and two drops of red in the red layer.
They came out beautiful; almost nice enough to overcome my objection to using artificial colors in an ice pop:
I still have a ton of different juices in my fridge, so I decided to use some of them up tonight:
I decided to make three different versions of this pop. To remember which juice I needed to pour in which mold next, I kept them lined up behind their respective slots, rotating them as I poured each layer. The finished pops came out really great:
It surprises me how the same three juices could make such different looking pops. I like the mostly-orange one. Which one is your favorite?
Those of you in the US are probably painfully aware that there’s a heatwave going on here. Pretty much the entire country is roasting, with temperatures climbing over 100 degrees where I am. So of course the AC chooses today to give up. It’s currently 83 degrees in my house and climbing, and it’s supposed to be even hotter out tomorrow.
If ever a situation called for ice pops, this is it.
I had originally planned to make a chocolate pop today, but in light of the thermostat, I wanted something cold and icy and in no way rich. Grape juice and lemonade seemed to fit the bill:
I decided to try a slanty pop again, since it had been a while. I didn’t measure (as you can tell), just kept switching the orientation of the Zoku as I poured my layers freehand. Still, they turned out nice enough:
You can see how hot it is in here — mere seconds out of the Zoku and already melting.
And they were cold. Blissfully cold. Today, that’s all I really wanted.
I’m going to confess something up front — I’m not much of a pomegranate fan. I mean, I like the fruit well enough, but I am not terribly fond of pomegranate flavorings. Still, it’s an interesting flavor, and I figured it was worth seeing how it worked in an ice pop:
That’s 100% pomegranate juice, not a blend. And as it happens, not for the faint of taste bud.
I decided to make these pops with lemonade, too, to soften the intensity of the 100% pomegranate juice. Plus, I figured for my first try at a pom pop, I should mix in something familiar.
If I’d been making this popscicle just for me or the kids, I probably would have mixed the pomegranate juice and the lemonade together. But that makes for boring photos, so I did a striped pop instead:
The neat color-fade effect on the middle pop was actually a mistake — the pomegranate juice in the first layer took much longer to freeze than other juices do, so I poured the lemonade layer too early and ended up with a hybrid layer. That turned out to be a good thing, because the mixed pomegranate/lemonade layer was much better tasting that the straight pomegranate one. The straight juice was strong and almost vinegary in flavor. It definitely need to be lightened with another kind of juice (or lemonade, as the case may be). Now I”m wondering how it would taste mixed with a mellow, sweet juice, like pineapple.
My two youngest children are still sick, so we’re still all about hydrating over here. But at least I can make that hydration pretty:
I wanted to do a pop that was different tones of the same color, so I chose lemonade, pineapple juice and orange juice. I propped the Zoku up on a book and poured my layers. They came out cute:
Lemonade on top, pineapple in the middle, orange on the bottom.
These days, I rarely make a full batch of pops, but I did for these. They were fun to make and to eat, despite the fact that they were just made of juice. Sometimes, simple is really all you need.