I read a really entertaining article last week about every food that’s ever been called “the new cupcake.” I had heard of doughnuts, cake pops, and popsicles… but marshmallows and burgers? It’s quite a list! I appreciated how the end of the article summarized it all by saying that it’s really just useful to have cupcakes as a comparison mechanism when you’re sharing about a new trend that everyone seems to love.
Popsicles are one foodie item that I do clearly remember being called “the new cupcake,” but it’s tough to believe that could be true because who really wants popsicles year-round? You can curl up with a cupcake any time of year, but popsicles are the MOST delicious when it’s hot outside. Okay, maybe if it’s December and you’ve just finished a hard workout… but I think most can agree that popsicles are primarily a summer food.
I have had a great popsicle mold for forever, but I always forget to use it! This week, however, I decided to give it a go. I bought some plums and puréed four of them, then added just a splash of pineapple juice (Trader Joe’s has been selling pineapple juice in cans recently!), scooped the mix into the mold, put it all in the freezer… and voilà! A lovely treat that I enjoyed very much after Pilates last night. I think next time, I will throw in some frozen pineapple chunks to make the popsicles even prettier.
My popsicle mold was a gift from a sweet friend, but I have seen several bloggers recommend this mold by Progressive if you are thinking about purchasing one. Here are two other popsicle recipes that I’ve been wanting to try: Citrus Basil Mojito Pops by Skinnytaste and Vanilla Peach Pops by Love & Lemons. It’s getting hot again outside! Take care of yourself… and even treat yoself to a healthy, fresh fruit popsicle.