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.
A few months ago I made, and raved about, pina colada ice pops with coconut yogurt. At the time, I thought it would be kind of weird to mix alcohol and yogurt, so I made them virgin pops. Today I decided to see what would happen if I added the rum:
I mixed the entire cup of yogurt (6 oz) with about a half cup of pineapple juice and two tablespoons of the rum. It made a lot of base, around 11 ounces worth (what a shocker. 6 oz + 4oz + 1 oz somehow added up to 11 ounces!). I poured three pops, then added a good slug of rum to the remaining base and guzzled it while I waited for my pops to freeze. That’s hwo I can tell you that this makes a lovely drink, too.
These pops were great. They stayed relatively soft, but were firm enough to pull out of the Zoku easily. I actually think I could maybe have gotten away with using a little more rum than I did,but what was there gave the pops a nice little kick and a shot of flavor. I can imagine sitting out on the deck, looking at the lake and eating one of these ice pops.
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.