Fresh, naturally sweet and thirst quenching, these Honeydew Strawberry Popsicles are the perfect summer snack for kids and adults and a good end to a meal.
People often ask me what is the main difference I found moving to Canada from Italy and although there are few things that comes to mind, I have to say, now: summer. I miss my summers.
Here in Canada it's not the same, sorry. We left Edmonton with its -still mild for me- temperatures and rainy days, to go on holiday to the west coast, on the ocean, in the middle-end of July, and I packed my suitcase with what I thought would be needed for my little summer vacation: swimsuits, tops, light summer dresses, flowing silk pants, sandals, sunglasses. Just to be on the safe side I brought a light wind breaker and running shoes. You already know how it ended up, I had to buy a pair of Chinos that I wore every day with the wind breaker jacket and the runners. Although the landscape was beautiful and enchanting in its own way, we saw orca whales, and eagles, and we had great food, I missed the summer feel. It was misty, cloudy and rainy, the temperatures were way below my expectations and I was always cold and shivering. Not complaining, just saying.
So why would I make popsicles when the weather is not summery? Well, I made them before our little vacay, thinking I would summon hot temperatures from the Gods and stop the rain pouring over Edmonton, with these offerings of Honeydew Strawberry Popsicles.
Was I successful? Obviously not, but at least the popsicles turned out great. They are beautiful and delicious, packed with vitamins and flavor and so easy to make. The combination of honeydew and strawberry is refreshing, subtly sweet and sumptuously good.
I didn't strain the pulp, I wanted to preserve the natural texture and all the nutrients of the fruits, but you can pass the pulp through a strainer if you like. I added a touch of delicious Vanilla Sugar that we bought at the Silk Road Spice Merchant, and some drops of lime for the honeydew and lemon for the strawberries. But that is optional, too. Using just the fruit works as good.
Hope I inspired you to make them. So, if where you live is nice and hot, like summer should be, dust off your popsicle mold and get going, and be ready to enjoy these Honeydew Strawberry Popsicles!
Song of the day: "Summer in the City" by Lovin' Spoonful.Print
- 3 cups honeydew
- 1 cup strawberries
- 2 Tbsp vanilla sugar (or any sweetener you want)
- ½ freshly squeezed lime juice (for the honeydew)
- 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice (for the strawberries)
- Peel the honeydew and cut into cubes. Place in a medium container and add 1 Tbsp of sugar and the lime juice. Set to rest (I kept mine overnight in the fridge, but that's optional).
- Wash, hull and chop the strawberries. Place them in a small container and add the sugar and lemon juice. Set aside to rest. (I left the container in the fridge overnight).
- Purée honeydew mixture in a blender till smooth. Rinse out blender and repeat with watermelon.
- Pour enough honeydew purée into each popsicle mold to fill about ⅔ of the way up. Freeze until slushy – about 30 minutes, then place the popsicle stick and freeze till solid.
- Pour strawberry purée over honeydew layer. Freeze until solid (at least 2 hours).
- To release the pops, turn the popsicle molds sideways and run them under warm water 10-15 seconds.
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