Monday, July 25, 2011

Make It Yourself: Popsicles

I’ll totally admit it: I have a profound weakness for useless kitchen supplies. Electric can opener? I’m down. Avocado slicer? Egg slicer? Cookie cutters that are shaped like Batman? Pancake pan? Crepe pan? A girl could go for broke (and Lord knows I’ve tried), stocking up one’s kitchen with a slew of ridiculous, one-use-only types of toys.

However, when it comes to making ice pops, it turns out that it really is much easier than Williams Sonoma would lead you to believe. In just three simple steps, you can make your own ice pops that cost a fraction of what you’d shell out for a box of Fudgesicles (because you can’t just have one!) or a fancy tray of ice-pop molds shaped like unicorns or castles or sailboats. And when you think about it- is there anything as summery as a popsicle? A refreshing flavor that chills you (in a good way) to the core, making your mouth smile as you slurp and get a little brain freeze in the process?

Popsicles kind of rule. Here’s how you can make your own, the Brooklyn B on a Budget way:

Step One: Prepare your ice pop recipe- included below is the most delicious combination of flavors I have ever tasted IN MY LIFE (as evidenced by the four popsicles I slurped down on the couch last night).
Step Two: Pour mixture into plastic party cups (it’s best to use something much larger than a Dixie cup, however, slightly smaller than a red Solo cup).
Step Three: Freeze 1-2 hours (until firm) and insert popsicle sticks. Freeze for another 3-4 hours, or remove from freezer earlier and enjoy a refreshing summer slushie.

This weekend, Mama Bitch and her hankering for homemade frozen treats led us to an ice pop recipe that I will be dreaming of for years to come.

All you need:
¾ c sugar
¼ c water
6 c sliced fresh strawberries
2 tbs lemon juice
2 tbs light-colored corn syrup
1 ¼ c chilled champagne

1.    Combine sugar and water in a bowl and microwave for three minutes on high (or until boiling).
2.   Stir until sugar dissolves. Place in fridge to cool.
3.   Combine berries, juice, and corn syrup in a food processor. Blend until smooth.
4.   Strain in a sieve to filter out any solids.
5.   Combine sugar syrup, strawberries, and champagne.
6.   Divide into cups. Insert sticks.
7.   Freeze 3-4 hours (depending on if you’re craving a pop or a slushie… personally I’m rather impatient and horrible at making decisions, so I opted for a slushie for my first go-around with this recipe and I was NOT disappointed).

Are you a homemade Popsicle connoisseur? Looking to hop on the ice pop bandwagon? We’d love to hear your favorite recipes, flavor combinations, and tricks for always getting those sticks to stand at attention. Drop us a comment below, send us an email at bbonabudget (at) gmail (dot) com, or Tweet us @bbonabudget.
Bon appétit!

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