Popsicles are a great hot-weather treat, but the ones from the grocery store have a lot of sugar, artificial flavors and artificial colors. It’s just as easy to make your own from whatever seasonal fresh fruit you have on hand, and you control the sugar content. The whole family loves these.
I’ve found that pretty much any sorbet or granita recipe also makes good popsicles. However, you don’t really need a recipe if you follow this method.
Fresh Fruit Popsicles
Time to make: 10 minutes + time to freeze
Yields: 8 popsicles
- 2 lbs. fresh fruit, such as berries, melon or peaches
- 1/3 cup sugar, or to taste
- 1 tsp. lemon or lime juice
- pinch of salt
- water to thin (up to 1 cup)
- popsicle molds
In a blender or food processor, puree the fruit with the lemon or lime juice, salt and enough water to thin the mixture to pouring consistency, between ¼ and 1 cup. More watery fruits, like watermelon, will require less water, naturally. Mix in the sugar to taste. Riper, sweeter fruit will probably need less sugar. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze.