Is it Summer Yet?

Warning: Reading this post may very well make you want a popsicle.  

These strawberry margarita popsicles from The Chic Site are just about at the very top of my list of pops to whip up...  

These strawberry margarita popsicles from The Chic Site are just about at the very top of my list of pops to whip up...

 

I've been on a popsicle kick lately.  Summer is so close and I want to taste it.  

We got a Zoku popsicle maker for our wedding (almost two years ago!) and it is easily one of my most beloved kitchen items.  It is a specially insulated popsicle mold that makes tasty, frozen treats within minutes right before your eyes.  It is so fun to watch the ice particles begin to turn ordinary liquid into a frozen miracle.  Okay.  I might be overreacting.  I do that.  But in all seriousness, popsicles deserve unparalleled excitement, especially with summer just around the corner...

If anyone is as much of a popsicle aficionado as I am, I recommend checking out the Zoku quick pop maker.  There's nothing like having a tasty treat just minutes away on a sweltering summer day.

Here are some of the popsicles that are high on my list.  Feast your eyes on these icy delicacies!

Peach Melba Popsicle

Peach Melba Popsicle

Whoever heard of the myth that popsicles are indulgent desserts?  These peach melba popsicles are full of nothing but fruit and coconut water!

Salted Butter Popcornsicles

Salted Butter Popcornsicles

And... to prove the unhealthy dessert stereotype.  But who can pass up Salted Butter Popcornsicles?  So luxurious!  Must.  Try.  Soon.

Post Modern Pops

Post Modern Pops

Beautiful frosty art from Jackie's Happy Plate.  Coconut water and an array of goodies.  Just the pop for your inner art appreciator.

Popsicle Affogato

Popsicle Affogato

An act of pure genius: popsicles and espresso.  I've shared my love of popsicles, but "affogato" mention my love of espresso.  Pardon the pun... 

Here is my own contribution to my ode to popsicles!  Watermelon mint popsicles, especially created for the Zoku quick-pop maker.

Watermelon Mint Zoku Pops

Watermelon Mint Zoku Pops

Watermelon Mint Zoku Pops

  • Makes 3

3/4 cup of fresh watermelon juice

2 tbsp. mint simple syrup

a handful of mint leaves

Watermelon juice:

Chop one watermelon into wedges.  I like to do this with a whole melon so that I have extra for sodas, cocktails, or just drinking plain.  Toss wedges into a blender and puree.  Strain for several minutes and press the remaining pulp to extract all of the juice possible.  Store in the fridge in an airtight container.  Lasts well for about a week.

Mint Simple Syrup:

Heat 1/2 cup of water with 1/2 cup of sugar on the stove.  Heat and stir for several minutes until the sugar has dissolved.  Turn off the heat and add a handful of fresh mint leaves.  Let sit to infuse for about half an hour.  Strain the liquid and store in the fridge.

Instructions:

Combine fresh watermelon juice and mint simply syrup to taste.  Place several torn mint leaves into each Zoku mold.  Pour liquid into frozen Zoku mold according to the directions.  Watch freeze right before your eyes!  Enjoy fresh, and preferably outside under the sun next to a pool.