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It’s all about ice pops right now, and with summer in full swing our stylists and recipe testers have been crafting their own versions of these frosty treats. Of course, style and presentation are just as important to us as taste, so here we offer you three unexpected ways to serve these yummy (and addictive!) sweets that bring out the kid in all of us.

 

Serve Them… in a Glass of Bubbly

The champagne and the gorgeous glasses make this an incredibly elegant dessert; using store-bought ice pops makes it the easiest preparation ever.

What You’ll Need:

  • Ice pops in assorted fruit flavors
  • 1 bottle champagne, prosecco, or other sparkling white wine

 

Dress them to impress. To create a fabulously formal contrast to the kid-friendly nature of ice pops, we arranged wineglasses on a silver tray (make sure your ice pops fit inside your glasses!). Then we simply filled the glasses halfway with sparkling wine and dropped in the pops. We suggest serving immediately, as the fizz from the sparkling wine adds drama to the presentation.

Tip: For a crowd-pleasing alternative, omit the alcohol here for sparkling grape or apple juice. 

Serve Them… on Ice

While we love them, ice pops are a bit unwieldy to serve and even worse they melt. Our solution? Serve them on a bed of square ice cubes. We set our cubes in vintage baking pans so that the liquid stays contained as the ice melts.

Raspberry Coconut Cream Pops

Serves 8-12 (depending on the size of your ice pop molds)

Note: You will need to refrigerate the coconut milk overnight before beginning this recipe.

What You’ll Need:

  • Two cans coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Two 6-ounce containers of raspberries
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

 

1. Refrigerate the cans of coconut milk overnight so that the coconut cream rises to the top.

2. Scoop out the separated coconut cream, and mix with 1/2 cup sugar until smooth; reserve the remaining sugar for the raspberry puree. Refrigerate the coconut mixture.

3. Blend raspberries, the remaining 1/4 cup sugar, and the lemon juice in a food processor. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer.

4. To recreate our striped patterns, alternate pouring the raspberry and coconut mixtures into your ice pop molds, freezing each layer for 40 minutes before adding another layer. For a creamier texture and flavor, you can swirl the mixtures together, pour the swirled mixture into your molds, and freeze.

Serve Them… with a Spoon

Light and pretty, these ethereal fresh-fruit-juice pops mimic the shape of small cakes, making them perfect for piling on a cake stand or a vintage cake plate.

What You’ll Need:

  • Assorted fruit juices or fresh fruit purees
  • Lime juice and zest
  • Silicone muffin tin
  • Vintage spoons or forks

 

Ordinary ice pops at the end of an elegant seated meal might seem a little out of place—but not these. For these frozen treats, we blended 1 small cantaloupe and 1 small watermelon (separately) with the juice and zest of 1 lime each. Then we froze the mixtures in a silicone muffin tin, which made them easy to unmold. Halfway through the freezing process, just as the mixture is beginning to thicken, add a vintage spoon or fork to each ice pop.

Tip: Make this feel more decadent and rich by freezing dark hot cocoa instead of fruit juice and lime. A garnish of shaved chocolate curls will upgrade the look. 

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