Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Homemade Strawberry Popcicles

It is summer time here in my part of the world. That means hot days. Bored children who are out of school and need to be entertained. It also means my kitchen cools down. I look for foods that are cooler to make. Cooler to eat. This begins my summer dessert series.

In preparation of the first full week after school ended I decided to use my new popcicle mold and make some homemade strawberry popcicles.

I found some cute Popcicle Makers at World Market the last time I was shopping there. You of course do not need Popcicle Makers to make homemade popcicles. You can use ice cube trays or dixie cups and craft sticks.

I was pleased with how these turned out! They are creamy. They are cold. And they are sure to be a hit on a hot summer day!

Homemade Strawberry Popcicles

3 cups of strawberries (cleaned, remove the stem, cut in half)
1 cup milk
Truvia to taste

Before you get started you should know that I am a skim milk connisuer but for this receipe you will want to upgrade to a milk with more fat. You want the finished product to be creamy and not icy. I actually had a little bit of whipping cream leftover in my fridge and that is what I used. I think whole milk will work just as well.

My girlfriend and I had a discussion about sugar versus Truvia. While she does not prefer either one of them she does think that Truvia is a better choice to sugar as sugar is refined. So I went with Truvia. If you prefer sugar than by all means, use sugar.

I put the strawberries and the milk into my food processor (a blender will work too). I reduced them to liquid and then I started adding Truvia to my taste. When the mixture tasted the way I wanted it to, I poured the liquid into my mold. I then put the mold in the freezer.

If you are using ice cube trays or Dixie cups you may want to put plastic wrap over the top to help secure the craft stick.

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