Older, perhaps wiser, and definitely more health conscious, I decided to revisit a favorite summertime treat and make my own ice pops from fresh fruit.
The key here is using very ripe fruit, although I'm sure frozen fruit would work equally as well. What I discovered though, is that fruit loses some of its sweetness after freezing, so if you still have the sweet tooth you did as a child, you might want to throw in a sweetener like agave nectar or raw honey.
All you do is puree your fruit in the blender or food processor – try melons, berries, mangos, grapes, anything! Remember to first remove any pits and seeds. Add some coarsely chopped fruit to the puree if you like, pour into popsicle molds, and freeze them.
If you don't have popsicle molds, pour into 3-ounce Dixie® cups, cover the cups with plastic wrap (holds the stick in place), poke a wooden popsicle stick through, and freeze.
Voilà! Frozen treats in about four hours.
Go on, give it a try. You're never too old to have a happy (healthy) childhood!