I’m not sure how it’s already May, but somehow it is. And even though summer is still a month away, lately it’s been feeling like it’s here already–the humidity, the afternoon downpours, the heat. Even the spring produce is quickly being replaced by summer fruits and veggies at the farmers market. Clearly this could mean only one thing: it’s time for me to break out my Zoku again.
Last summer, after moving to North Carolina and being overwhelmed by the sticky humidity and oppressive heat, one of my first purchases was a Zoku Quick Pop Maker. And then the popsicle recipes soon followed. I just couldn’t stop making quick pops! There were Strawberry Mojito Pops and vegan Fat Elvis Pudding Pops and pops made with lychee. So! Many! Popsicles!
But those weren’t the only popsicles I made last summer. Some of my favorite popsicles weren’t much more than fruit and simple syrup. Just a little bit of simple syrup, because summer fruit is sweet enough that you don’t need to add much to it. While I’ve always loved those fruit-only popsicles that they sell in stores, homemade ones are even better–the flavors are brighter, the colors are deeper, and without a doubt they are healthier too. This Raspberry Ginger Popsicles recipe is one of those simple, homemade fruit pops–light, refreshing, and the perfect dessert for a hot summer day.
This light, fruity Raspberry Ginger Popsicle recipe is perfect for summer!
- 1/4 c. sugar
- 1/4 c. water
- 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and cut into thick slices
- 6 oz. fresh raspberries
- Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Heat on medium for 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves and mixture begins to boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes more. Remove from heat. Use the back of a wooden spoon to mash the berries and allow mixture to cool to room temperature.
- For popsicles with a fruitier texture, remove ginger slices. For smoother popsicles, pour raspberry mixture into a bowl through a fine mesh strainer, pressing with spoon to make sure as much juice is removed from fruit as possible. Pour raspberry mixture into Zoku Quick Pop Maker and remove once pops have frozen through, about 8 minutes.
I developed this recipe specifically for the Zoku Quick Pop Maker--it makes 3 Quick Pops and it's easy to double or triple to make up to 9 pops, the most you can make before having to refreeze the unit. Of course, if you don't have a Zoku, you can make these in regular popsicle molds too.
Zoku Quick Pop Maker Giveaway
Guess what? Zoku wants to give one Oh My Veggies reader a Quick Pop Maker so you too can make icy summer treats in minutes! There’s no mandatory entry; simply leave a separate comment below for any of the methods of entry you choose. (So if you do 5 of the entries, you’ll leave 5 comments.)
Enter by doing any or all of the following, for up to five entries:
- Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite popsicle flavor.
- Like Zoku on Facebook.
- Follow ZokuHQ on Twitter.
- Follow OhMyVeggies on Twitter.
- Subscribe to the Oh My Veggies RSS Feed.
The fine print:
- One winner will receive a Zoku Quick Pop Maker. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of the sponsor.
- Giveaway ends at 9:00pm EST on Tuesday, May 29, 2012.
- One entry per household.
- No purchase necessary.
- Entry open to anyone 18 years of age and over, US only.
- Winner will be chosen at random and will have 48 hours to respond to email notification.
Disclosure: Zoku is sponsoring this giveaway, but I bought my own Zoku Quick Pop Maker and received no form of compensation from Zoku for posting this.