The weather is starting to warm up here, something I’ve always loved about our summers… sunshine, cool breezes, and laying out by the pool. Ok, I don’t have a pool (if only, if only). But we do have plenty of lakes here!
The only downside to our warm summers is the humidity that sometimes comes along with it. When temperatures start to get above 90 degrees F here, the air starts to get a little stuffy and the sun beats down pretty hard. When that happens, I call it a great excuse to make some frozen treats!
I’ve been a little obsessed with making popsicles lately and trying to come up with fun flavor combinations. While I haven’t quite gone out-of-the-box yet with ideas, I have always wanted to popsicles made with coconut water.
Coconut water is a great alternative to milk, cream, or fruit juices for a popsicle mixture base. It’s a full of electrolytes and potassium, and is a pretty refreshing drink on it’s own. But I added it to a few other things to make these mango orange popsicles. And I find it to be the perfect summer flavor combination.
A Few Tips:
- This mixture is very thick when blending… especially before adding the orange juice. If you are having trouble blending it, try setting your blender to a lower speed and make sure to move the mixture around with your blender tamper.
- After spooning the mixture into your popsicle molds, tap the mold a few times on your table so that everything is evenly distributed and it releases as many air bubbles as possible. This ensures a nice smooth texture.
- Now, this is an important one. The flavor and color of your popsicles may vary depending on the sweetness of your mangos and if you use fresh-squeezed or store-bought orange juice. If your mangos are on the sweeter side, fresh-squeezed orange juice might work better. I always find that fresh is best, but this recipe totally works with store-bought orange juice too. If you find your mango is a little bitter and the mixture is lacking sweetness after being blended, try adding 1 tsp of honey or more to taste.
- So far, I’m really digging this Norpro Popsicle Maker. I’ve made quite a few recipes with it, including my strawberry coconut swirl popsicles, and they come out great every time. One thing I like about it is that it has a plastic top instead of a metal one, which means it doesn’t really stick to the metal edges around the top of the mold… just slightly to the popsicles itself, making it easy to release with a little warm water and a gentle pull. This recipe makes about 6 popsicles in this mold, but I doubled it to take these photos. Because the more the merrier, right? Just say yes.
These popsicles are a simple yet refreshing summer treat to bring with you to your next summer pool party. So go get yourself a popsicle mold, make some delicious frozen treats, and stay cool!
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