Say goodbye to store-bought ices loaded with artificial flavors and food coloring! Here’s an array of 100% natural fruit pops made from fresh fruit. They’re refreshing, delicious, and perfect for a lazy summer day. A terrific treat for young and old alike. Grape-Mint Pops are pictured bottom left. Also pictured: Coconut-Pineapple Pops, Melon-Cherry Pops, Orange-Watermelon Pops, Kiwi-Honey-Lemon Pops, Mango-Passionfruit Pops.
Yields about 10 ice pops, depending on the size of the containers used as molds
Set aside one cup’s worth of whole grapes.
In a food processor, process remaining grapes into a smooth puree. Strain in a strainer and pour the clear juice into a bowl.
Add half the mint to the bowl and taste. Add more if desired.
Add reserved whole grapes (you can halve them or slice them thinly if you prefer).
Pour mixture into molds (see tip). Freeze for half an hour. Insert popsicle sticks into the center of each pop and return to freezer until completely frozen.
• If you don’t have ice pop molds, you can make these fruit pops in disposable cups or in whatever you find in your local paper goods store. Or use recycled yogurt containers!
• Make sure not to fill your molds to the top because liquids expand when frozen.
• Control the amount of added sugar. Some fruits, like mango or grapes, are sweet enough that there’s no need for any additional sugar. Consider the amount of sugar given in these recipes as a suggestion. Taste your pureed fruit and decide how much syrup to add. Remember that it will be somewhat less sweet when frozen.
• To remove the pops from their containers, dip them into hot water for a second or two, and they’ll slide out like a charm.
For variety, use red grapes instead of green ones, or use a combination of the two. If preparing the ice pops for adults, you can replace 1/4 cup of grape juice with sweet white wine.
Photography: Boaz Lavi
Styling: Anat Label