Summer has well and truly arrived…. well sort of… we should probably just ignore the fact that it’s not technically summer yet.
But we certainly have had some random days when the mercury shot right up and we all end up sweltering hot. On those days we just need a little slice of icey cold heaven to cool us down. And what better way to chill us out, than that classic childhood summer snack, an icy pole.
Young or old, I don’t know many people who don’t have fond memories of licking an icy pole in the summer heat, with sticky sweet rivulets running down their hands and arms, trying to catch each drop and savouring it right to the end.
It was on a regular old day that I decided to whip these bad boys up and store them in the freezer for when it got too hot to handle. That sticky, hot day finally came and went over the weekend and we spent it with Mister L in his paddling pool, each with an icy pole in hand. I can’t tell you how glad we were that we had them sitting in the freezer ready to go!
So with so much gorgeous fresh fruit on the market at the moment, how can you not want to make up a batch of these and store them for when you’re really going to need them.
The best thing about these popsicles though is just how dang easy they are, almost to the point where you don’t really need a recipe. They’re also fabulous if you trying to avoid refined sugar, as this recipe can be made with or without, it’s purely up to your taste buds!
Hey, you could even make up an ‘Adults Only’ batch with a little splash of something extra special in it 😉
My Simple & Summery 3 Ingredient Strawberry Popsicles
375g Fresh Strawberries, hulled & halved
30g Caster Sugar
2 Tbsp Lemon Juice (if needed)
1 Tbsp Dark Chocolate Chip Bits
1 tsp Coconut Oil
Dash of Vodka or similar for an adults only twist!
In a large saucepan place your 375g of hulled and halved strawberries, sloosh a bit of water in there with them, give it a swirl for a moment and then drain it straight back out. This slight touch of water is going to help your strawberries release their juices, but you don’t want much water left in the pan, otherwise it will water your mixture down.
Now sprinkle your strawberries with the 30g of caster sugar and place over a medium heat for 10 minutes or so. Be sure not to leave them and keep giving them a little stir every now and then. Once your fruit is starting to collapse and lose it’s shape you’ll know they’re ready. If you aren’t sure (and I generally find this the case when using BIG berries), just give them a squish with the back of the spoon, the fruit should fall apart easily.
Once your fruit is soft transfer it to a food processor (carefully as it’s going to be boiling hot!) and blitz on high until it resembles a liquid. Now have a quick taste! If the sweetness is a bit much, add in the lemon juice and blitz again for another 10 seconds to incorporate. The tartness of your strawberries are going to be the decider here though, so you may not need it!
Now for an adult twist you can add a splash of your favourite alcoholic drink, Vodka or Champagne both work well and again mix to incorporate. Be sure not to add too much though!!
Pour into some plastic icy pole molds and freezer for 3-4 hours or until solid. Depending on the size of your containers you may have some left over! If you don’t have enough icy pole molds you can easily make your own with any spare plastic cups or patty cases you may have laying around and some popsicle sticks.
If Making Without Sugar
Follow the above steps however just leave the sugar out. You may find the berries might not work down as quickly but this is OK. Just give them the 10 minutes in the pan and transfer to the food processor.
When you’re ready to serve, pop your icy pole molds into a cup of tepid water and let sit for a minute or so, just so it starts to soften the outside of the icy pole. This will make removing it that little bit easier!
For a decadent little addition, why not melt up the dark chocolate and coconut oil together and dribble down the sides of your poles! It adds a gorgeous little chocolate snap and takes them to a whole other level!
I can’t wait to mix up another batch of these strawberrylicous goodies and have them ready to go for the next sweltering day. I’m also thinking about what other fruity combinations I could try, I’ve got crushed pineapple (with a dash of rum of course) in mind for the next lot.
What flavours would you love to see?
Looking for more icy cold treats this summer? Check out my Perfectly Devilish Choc Mint Yogurt Pops