Thursday, May 19, 2011
Now that warmer weather is slowly making its way to Nashville, I find myself in the mood for cold, sweet treats. Ice cream, smoothies, milkshakes, popsicles. You name it, it’s in my freezer. I couldn’t wait to make homemade popsicles. They are so fun and easy to make and I like being able to grab one out of the freezer whenever my sweet tooth flares up. What I like best about these Grape Popsicles is how pretty they are. A simple white popsicle with bursts of red from the sliced grapes. Kind of like the adult version of the purple stuff on a stick.
So, how’s it taste?
It’s pretty close to the purple version, but a tad bit sweeter. I opted to buy my white grape juice, but you could certainly make your own if you prefer. See the end of the directions below for instructions. I sliced my red grapes into thirds because they were so large. I love the contrast of the white popsicle with slices of red grapes. It’s a cool effect to have the grapes suspended and turned differently throughout and each popsicle is different. You could add a lot more slices of grapes or experiment with different fruits, too. These are perfect for snacking on!
1 1/2 cups seedless red grapes, cut in half
4 1/2 cups white grape juice*
*Purchase this or make your own with instructions below.
1. Divide the grape halves among the pop molds. Pour in the grape juice and insert the sticks. Freeze for at least 6 hours.
2. Remove from the freezer, let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes before removing the pops from the molds.
*For homemade grape juice: Wash four cups of white grapes (about 6 pounds) and discard any that aren't firm. In batches, with a potato masher, mash the grapes so that all of them are popped. Put them in a large pot and add 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring and smashing the grapes occasionally. Remove from the heat and pour through a fine-mesh sieve or a colander lined with several layers of rinsed and squeezed cheesecloth. Add 1/2 cup sugar and stir until dissolved. Chill in refrigerator for at least 10 minutes before using the juice for popsicles.