5 Fantastic Fruit Pops and a Pool Party Menu #SundaySupper

5 Fantastic Fruit Pops and a Pool Party Menu #SundaySupper

Pool Party #SundaySupper

There’s something delicious about sitting around the pool with friends when summer temperatures sizzle. Slater on the sunscreen, load up the ice chest and get ready for some poolside fun. Oh, and one more thing, serve up some homemade fruit pops to cool down party guests.

Sure, you can buy fruity ice pops but making them yourself allows you to get creative while preserving chunky fruit in your frozen treats. Add some fresh herbs. Think about whole berries. Reduce the sugar if that’s what you’d like to do. Use ripe fruit at its summer peak and you might not need much sweetener at all. If you don’t have ice pop forms, use small plastic cups and buy the sticks at any craft store.

Here are five fantastic fruit pop ideas that just might get your creative juices flowing to come up with your own combinations.

1. Watermelon-Basil. Crush watermelon in the blender and stir in finely chopped fresh basil. You won’t need much basil and you’ll want the herb cut finely so that eaters aren’t picking green bits out of their teeth. Pour into molds or cups and freeze for about 3 hours.

2. Strawberry-Kiwi. Puree strawberries in the blender. Pour into bowl and stir in small chunks of peeled kiwi. There will be seeds in this pop so some children won’t be fans. Good fiber though! Pour into molds or cups and freeze for about 3 hours.

3. Peach Smoothie. Make your favorite peach smoothie using Greek vanilla yogurt. Use fresh peaches or frozen, but don’t add ice to the smoothie to prevent diluting the peach flavor. Add finely chopped fresh mint if you’d like. Pour into molds or cups and freeze for about 3 hours.

4. Coconut-Mango. Puree fresh or frozen mango chunks. Add coconut milk and bit of sugar. Taste to make sure the mixture is sweet enough. To thick? Add a water or even coconut water. Pour into molds or cups and freeze for about 3 hours.

5. Blueberry-Apple. Mix fresh blueberries with apple juice and pour into molds or cups and freeze for about 3 hours. (If you let the apple juice get slushy first, the blueberries will distribute more evenly rather than sink to one end.)

Consider ice pops for your next pool party. The Sunday Supper tastemakers have had a great time this week coming up with a full menu of pool party food ideas. From cocktails to other fruity drinks, appetizers, main dishes and sides, plus desserts, we’ve got the goods to make yours the party of the summer.

Join us at 7 p.m. tonight for our weekly live Twitter chat. Sunday Supper hosts this week’s event and you can bet there will be lively conversation and plenty of tips about entertaining. In the meantime, check out this week’s recipes:

Refreshing Beverages and Cocktails:

Appealing Appetizers and Snacks:

Super Sides and Salads:

Tempting Desserts and Sweets:

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

The following two tabs change content below.

Janet K. Keeler

Award-winning journalist Janet K. Keeler was the longtime food and travel editor of the Tampa Bay Times in St. Petersburg, Fl. She is now an assistant professor of journalism and food writing at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Janet retired from daily newspaper journalism in April 2015, ending a 35-year career. She has been a news reporter, copy desk chief, and features editor. She is also the author of “Cookielicious: 150 Fabulous Recipes to Bake & Share,” which was published in 2010 by Seaside Publishing.
Skills

Posted on

August 2, 2015

8 Comments

  1. The peach smoothie one sounds absolutely lovely to me.

    Reply
  2. Terri Oliver Steffes

    Yummy! The watermelon/basil is calling me, I can hear it saying my name….

    Reply
  3. Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm

    I know my granddaughter would love these and they are so much better for her than those sugar filled ice water concoctions that you buy.

    Reply
  4. Cindy Kerschner

    Winning taste combinations! These sound so refreshing!

    Reply
  5. Liz

    I’ll start with the peach smoothie, and then try the strawberry kiwi! What a yummy way to keep cool through August.

    Reply
  6. Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen

    I just got my popsicle molds, and posted my first popsicle recipe. I am excited to give these a try!

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Yes No