With this heat wave upon us, what better way to cool down then by making some gourmet ice-pops at home? I got inspiration for these pops from making a macerated strawberry salad in pastry school. The salad was made from strawberries, a herb of our choice, sugar, and an acid. If it was so refreshing in salad format, just imagine how great it could be as an ice-pop!
After experimenting a bit with the cheap plastic pop molds for a bit, I got fed up and decided to invest in the Zoku pop maker. To use it, you put the maker in the freezer for about 24 hours, similarly to if you were using an ice-cream maker, and when you remove it from the freezer, you can freeze about 9 pops instantly. This also allows you to do cool things with multiple flavors, like striping and filling one with another!
Here is the recipe for the Strawberry Tarragon pops:
1 qt strawberries
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c water
1/4 c tarragon
To make the tarragon simple syrup:
In a small pot, combine the sugar, water, and tarragon over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the pot from the heat and allow the syrup to cool for 20 minutes. Strain before using.
To make the pops:
Blend the strawberries until smooth with the simple syrup. Strain into a pitcher and pour into your desired molds!
As you can see from the pictures, I also made raspberry mint pops and mango, ginger, lime pops. To make those, I just changed the kind of fruit and simple syrup I used! The possibilities are endless!
This was so fun, easy and original, so look out for many more pops to come!
Which flavor pops are your favorite?