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Sunday
Jul222012

Mango Coconut Striped Popsicles

Mango Coconut Striped Popsicles

We are in the midst of the dog days of summer. The days are long, the sun is bright, and the nights are cool and fresh. In the summer, I'm drawn to fresh foods, light dinners, and chilled treats. Though my usual desserts during the summer are ripe fruits, some days I just need something a little different. While ice cream can be oh so nice, sometimes it's just too rich to eat by the side of the pool.

I recently rediscovered popsicles after buying a popsicle mold. For the last few years I simply haven't found any hidden away in the freezer, but I can already tell it is going to get plenty of use (especially this summer).

Mango Coconut Striped Popsicles Mango Coconut Striped Popsicles

When I was growing up, popsicles were part of the daily culture at daycare. After playing outside all afternoon under the hot sun, my daycare provider would show up in the backyard with a box of popsicles in half a dozen flavors. She'd watch as we carefully made our color selection, breaking up the arguments that popped up when everyone decided they wanted the same flavor. Back then, popsicles weren't about the flavors, they were all about the colors.

Blue was my favorite flavor simply because it would dye my lips and tongue a bright shade of the sea—a fun accessory for any seven year old.

Mango Coconut Striped Popsicles

Most days we'd eat them on the front steps, trying to eat them faster than they could melt, a respectable feat on the warmest of days. Other days we were foolish and we'd let our popsicles melt completely in the sun, in their little plastic tubes, until they had turned into a very expensive Kool-aid. We would down the sweet juice in seconds, curiously wishing we had more.

Nowadays I savor popsicles, licking them instead of biting, hoping they last into a little slice of forever.

Mango Coconut Striped Popsicles

These Mango Coconut Striped Popsicles have a bold and fresh taste. The popsicles alternate between flavors of mango, coconut, and orange; the variety is clean and energizing, which keeps your taste buds on their toes. The alternating stripes of flavor and color are fun. Though it does take a little longer to make these popsicles because of the freezing time between stripes, the final product is gorgeous and the flavors are lovely. This is a lovely treat to cool you down on a hot summer afternoon.

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Mango Coconut Striped Popsicles

Yields 10 popsicles

Mango Puree
1 ripe mango, diced into chunks (reserve 1/4 of diced mango for coconut milk with mango)
1/4 cup (59 ml) orange juice

In a blender, blend together the mango and orange juice until smooth and pour-able (about the consistency of baby food).

Coconut Milk with Mango
1 cup (236 ml) coconut milk
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/4 of the reserved mango, diced into small pieces

Whisk together the coconut milk and sugar. Stir in the mango pieces.

For Popsicles
1 cup (236 ml) orange juice

To Assemble
Pour a few spoonfuls of mango puree, coconut milk with mango, or orange juice into the popsicle molds. Freeze for 1 hour before repeating, alternating between flavors and size of spoonfuls to create stripes. Freeze for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour between stripes.

Serve chilled.

Reader Comments (11)

For me would be wonderful even in the winter :D
07.22.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAurora
I love wakeing up to see your posts; they always make me smile :)

When I saw the picture it reminded me of creamsicles. I love creamsicles, they are one of the best popsicles out there. But when it comes to color popsicles it would always have to be red. I loved the cherry flavor and it made my lips really red so it looked like I had on lipstick. But now I can't get my mind of popsicles and I'm starting to wonder if they are better than a bowl of ice cream.
This sounds positively delightful! Awesome idea!
These are beautiful! Now I want a popsicle mold :)
I've been trying to justify the purchase of a popsicle mold... this recipe might be the final push :)
I agree with Andrew . . . I've been wanting to buy a popsicle mold and these make it even more enticing. Sounds yummy, and wow, look at that color!
07.25.2012 | Unregistered CommenterErica
Oh dear! This recipe looks amazing but i'll need to wait half a year until i can try it out! Why oh why must it be Winter? When summer comes around once again i'll need to buy multiple popsicle molds because these just look so delicious!
07.25.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLizzie
These are just gorgeous. Absolutely love your blog.
This morning I came across this recipe on Flipboard. I immediately wanted to try this myself. I love coconut and mango! The first layer is now in my freezer! Can't wait to taste these babies! Thanks for sharing!
08.8.2012 | Unregistered CommenterFleur
hey kristin, was wondering if you could omit the sugar in the coconut milk with mango bit? not replace it (i dont think honey or a substitute would *quite* be the same taste) but maybe just used sweetened coconut milk instead? or completely normal coconut milk? would it taste so bad/different without sugar?!
07.10.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaz
Maz-- You definitely could do that! I preferred a little extra sweetness, but it certainly isn't necessary to make a great popsicle. If the mango is sweet, there's no reason you couldn't omit the sugar!
07.10.2013 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau

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