Friday Recipe Round-Up: Fruity Pops

Temperatures are a risin’. All the while, fresh fruit is making a strong stand at markets all across the country. Rather than torturing yourself by baking a syrupy pie in front of a hot oven, take the cooler route with homemade popsicles. Whether you’re inspired by the heat, the fresh fruit, or Peggy Olsen’s ritualistic campaign on Mad Men (make it, break it, share it, love it), a popsicle mold is a worthy investment – a small kitchen must-have. Compact and inexpensive, this is a kitchen gadget you’ll want around all summer. Here are some tips and recipes from around the web to kick-start your fruity creativity.

Juliana Barton is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia who avoided the dining hall by playing lunch lady in her own kitchen. She’s dreaming of margarita popsicles. Read more…

**SKC Picks**

Before you hit the fruit stand, make sure you’ve got your funky popsicle mold ready. Rockets and sailboats have a sweet nostalgic feel that bring you back to childhood summers by the pool. Call me old-fashioned, but I still don’t think you can go wrong with the classic shape and wooden sticks.

Bright and tart, there’s something about berries that just fits the mold. Creamy yogurt couples beautifully with some rosemary laced blackberries. Or skip the yogurt, and try these strawberry mint ice pops, or berry popsicles for a refreshing treat.

Thought it didn’t get any better than a frozen cocktail? How about a boozy popsicle?! Mix your favorite alcohol—liquor, wine, even beer!—with some fresh fruit and you’ve got yourself a new crowd favorite.

Don’t feel like investing in a popsicle mold? We’ve got you covered. In the same vein, homemade sno-cones and granitas are a little more low-key. Put some extra miles on your blender and get creative with some icy combinations.

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Originally posted on Friday, June 8th, 2012

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