Mom- and Pop-sicles

Summer used to be my favorite time of year. While it’s still on the top of my list thanks to warm weather, vacations and weekend escapes from the city, summer isn’t quite the relaxing, slow-paced few months that it used to be before kids. For mom and pop, the packed lunches, busy schedules, and non-stop activities continue. But instead of lamenting the non-stop pace of parenting, I’m re-writing the rules of summer.

Slowly, but surely, I’m taking summer back. That includes reclaiming the popsicle with these two made-for-grown-ups pops: Honey Roasted Peach-Tamarind and Chili-Spiced Strawberry-Watermelon. No more sickly sweet flavors. No more boring fruit combos.

Honey Roasted Peach and Tamarind Pops Recipe

Chili-Spiced Strawberry-Watermelon Pops Recipe

The most exciting flavor combinations are full of contrasts like these Chili-Spiced Strawberry-Watermelon Pops, which are sweet and salty, cold and warm. (Yes, warm, thanks to a mild heat that warms the palate as you eat this treat!)

Chili-Spiced Strawberry-Watermelon Pops Recipe

I’ve always loved sprinkling chili powder and salt on my watermelon, but I wasn’t sure that it would work as a popsicle. Afraid that the combo would be too watery and too much about the chile powder, I set out for an ingredient that would give this pop heft and a light touch of tart sweetness. Strawberries were the antidote, officially making this the perfect summer spiced fruit combination.

Chili-Spiced Strawberry-Watermelon Pops Recipe

Both of these pops come together in a snap using your KitchenAid® Hand Blender. It’s powerful enough that all you have to do is dump the fruit in the Blending Jar and zip away. And don’t worry when I call for a sieve—if you don’t have the time, don’t bother. Your KitchenAid® Hand Blender will liquefy your fruit plenty, even getting some of those pesky strawberry seeds. Whatever’s left will give your pop a little texture.

Chili-Spiced Strawberry-Watermelon Pops Recipe

If you don’t have kids, all the better: you don’t have to share these delicious and easy summer treats. But, if like me, you do have kids, make extra because the little ones will like these, too. It just feels good to know that’s not the point!

Chili-Spiced Strawberry-Watermelon Pops

Makes 4 popsicles using a 1/2 cup popsicle mold

INGREDIENTS

1 pound fresh strawberries, washed, hulled and halved

2 cups cubed fresh watermelon

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon Ancho chile powder

DIRECTIONS

Add strawberries, watermelon, sugar, salt and chile powder to a medium bowl. Toss to combine using your hands or a wooden spoon. Allow the fruit to sit for 30 minutes.

Transfer macerated fruit and collected juice to your KitchenAid® Blending Jar and, using your KitchenAid® Hand Blender, puree the fruit until completely liquefied.

Pour the fruit juice through a sieve. This should yield about 2 cups of juice to turn into popsicles.

Pour juice into popsicle molds and freeze.

Chili-Spiced Strawberry-Watermelon Pops Recipe

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These Honey Roasted Peach and Tamarind Pops are a treat for all you sweet and sour fans. The sweetness comes from just a bit of honey and roasting the peaches, which draws out the fruit’s natural sugar. The sourness of tamarind cuts through the sweet without overpowering it, creating a perfect balance between the two.

Honey Roasted Peach-Tamarind Pops

Makes 6 popsicles using a 1/2 cup popsicle mold

INGREDIENTS

4 large fresh peaches, peeled, pitted and cut into 1/8’s

3 tablespoons honey, divided

Juice of 1 1/2 fresh lemons, divided

2 cups tamarind juice, plus more as necessary

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Toss peaches with 1 tablespoon of honey and juice of 1/2 a lemon. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and roast for about an hour, until peaches are soft all the way through and caramelized in spots.

Transfer roasted peaches to your KitchenAid® Blending Jar. Add remaining 2 tablespoons of honey, remaining juice of 1 lemon, and tamarind juice to the jar and, using your KitchenAid® Hand Blender, puree until completely smooth. At first, the mixture will turn into a smooth, but thick puree.

Keep blending until it liquefies. If necessary, add more tamarind juice. This should yield about 3 cups of juice to turn into popsicles.

Pour juice into popsicle molds and freeze.

Honey Roasted Peach and Tamarind Pops Recipe

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