I love making popsicles. You could say it’s because it’s easy and a guaranteed proclamation from my kids that I’m the best mom ever. However let’s be honest – I love popsicles because I can’t burn them. Then when you add in ingredients that I want to feed my kids such as these Mango Strawberry Popsicles, it just gets better.
Last year I spent hours trying to convince my kids to try the juice from our vegetable juicer and they wouldn’t touch it. Then I tried to get them to try store bought vegetable juice thinking that they might be willing since it was found at their favorite store but they still wouldn’t touch it. Then one day I decided to put the store bought smoothie that they wouldn’t touch in liquid form into popsicle molds and all the sudden I was the most amazing mom in the world that made the easiest popsicles known to man. Ever since then, I’ve been hiding stuff in popsicles left and right.
These Mango Strawberry Popsicles do not have hidden ingredients, it’s simply what they say they are but it’s just step one into building the popsicle trust of your kids. You have to work your way into it. In a week or so you’ll find yourself trying to hide all kinds of things such as carrot juice and kale. I
f you don’t want to hide things in it than just know that homemade popsicles are still great ways to get your kids to enjoy summer fruits.
Right now I’m working on a breakfast smoothie popsicle because when you live in Southeast Texas, the heat rises before the sun. But today we’re just sticking with strawberry and mangos. Apparently I like strawberries a lot. Take this Summer Breeze popsicle recipe for example – strawberries and orange flavored sparkling water. Yum.
Here’s the great news – we’re using frozen strawberries and frozen mangos. Sometimes it’s hard to keep fresh fruit on hand. But you can either buy frozen fruit or you can buy fruit in bulk when it’s on a killer sale and freeze it diced and ready to use. All you’ll need is frozen mango (found at Trader Joe’s), whole frozen strawberries, sugar, water and a great popsicle mold such as this one that I love. That’s simple. Simple is good. You can’t burn simple although you can burn spaghetti, which I just found out.
This recipe made 5 popsicles for me but it will vary depending on the size of your molds. I measured how much liquid each mold would hold and then worked within those measurements.
- 1 1/2 cup frozen mango
- 1/8 cup water
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tsp sugar
- Start by placing water, mango and sugar in the blender. Blend until smooth, adding more water if necessary to get a smooth texture. Fill popsicle molds slightly more than 1/2 way with mango mixture and freeze.
- Using a small pot, heat frozen strawberries, water and sugar on medium low heat, stirring occasionally. Once strawberries are defrosted switch to low heat and continue stirring until the strawberries break down into pieces.
- Blend the strawberry mixture until smooth. Place this mixture in the freezer for 5 minutes to cool it.
- After strawberry mix is cool and has thickened slightly, pour it on top of the mango mixture in the popsicle molds. use a straw or knife to poke the strawberry mix down into the mango helping it to blend slightly. Place popsicle sticks in the molds and freeze for 3-4 hours or until frozen.