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For a popsicle

Summer is not messing around. Not only did it arrive right on time, on July 5, but the thermometer hit 94°F only three short days later. I know 94°F sounds like nothing to those of you melting along the Eastern Seaboard, or in Berlin, but when you consider the fact that my city spent the 4th of July in wool sweaters and knit tights and rain gear, it’s hot. I celebrated by making iced coffee. And iced tea! I sat on the couch, not moving, and broke a sweat! It’s been spectacular.

Where I grew up, in Oklahoma, summer shut us inside. Unless you were submerged up to the neck in a swimming pool, it was too hot and humid to be outside. But this city, my adopted city, opens wide up in the summer. Every window is propped up or swung out, everywhere, and everyone is in the street. I am writing this with the front door open, and from the neighbors’ house, which also has its front door open, the Supremes are singing “Come See About Me.” Two nights ago, on a walk around the neighborhood with the dog, I passed an old man playing the guitar on a front porch, a kid in gym shorts playing the guitar on another front porch, a young man playing the cello on a third front porch, and a house whose curtains were clearly so ecstatic about the weather that they sneaked out through an upstairs window to billow and twist in the breeze. It’s time for a popsicle.

This is a raspberry yogurt popsicle. It is also known as What Kept Me Alive in the Hot Delancey Kitchen Last Summer, or The Menu Item That We Didn’t Sell Much of, Because I Ate Them All. I first made these popsicles a few weeks before we opened, and when we were planning our opening menu, I knew they had to be on it. Have you ever seen what happens to adults when you put popsicles on the table in front of them? Namely, popsicles in shot glasses? They grin uncontrollably. It’s beautiful.

I’ve been seeing a lot of articles lately about popsicles, and I’m not surprised. They’re easy to make, and less fiddly than homemade ice cream. You can make them from lemonade, fruit juice, almost anything. When I was a kid, my mother had a set of plastic popsicle molds, molds a little like this, and she used to make guava popsicles for me, using Ocean Spray pink guava juice. I had no idea what a guava was, but I had a sense that it was very fancy, and this was convenient, because it kept me from complaining about the fact that I wasn’t eating Otter Pops. But that was years ago, and her molds are gone, probably to the graveyard of boxes in the attic. For a long time, I didn’t think about popsicles. I forgot. But then, last summer, at a friend’s party, a box of popsicles came out, and not long after, I was making a batch of raspberry frozen yogurt from David Lebovitz’s book The Perfect Scoop when I suddenly thought, This wants to be a popsicle. Clear as a bell.

It’s not as easy as pouring guava juice into a mold, but it’s close. It’s like making a smoothie, only the goal is to lick it, not drink it. You take some raspberries - frozen or fresh, either way - and some plain yogurt, and you put them in a blender with sugar and a splash of lemon juice. When it’s smooth, you press it through a strainer to catch the seeds, and then you divide it among your molds. If you have proper popsicle molds, you are a lucky person. If not, try other vessels. I use tall, narrow shot glasses, the ones often sold as vodka shooters. I’ll bet small Dixie cups would work well, too. Whatever you use, it’s hard to go wrong. You’ve got raspberries and yogurt on your team, and summer has only started.

Raspberry Yogurt Popsicles
Adapted from The Perfect Scoop, by David Lebovitz

These pops are perfectly tangy and perfectly sweet, and the best part is, the yogurt flavor really shines. Be sure to use whole-milk yogurt, not low-fat or nonfat. It tastes better, and it makes for a better tasting popsicle. I buy my popsicle sticks at Fred Meyer, but you can also find them at craft stores.

Lastly, I should tell you that these popsicles will not be as smooth, texture-wise, as churned frozen yogurt. They will be a little icy - you know, like a popsicle.

2 cups (480 grams) plain whole-milk yogurt
2 cups (240 grams) fresh or frozen raspberries
¾ cup (150 grams) sugar
1 tsp. lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in the jar of a blender, and process until smooth. Set a strainer over a bowl (or other vessel) with a pour spout. Press the mixture through the strainer to remove seeds. Divide mixture among popsicle molds of your choosing. Freeze for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the mixture begins to set; then insert popsicle sticks. Freeze until very hard.

To serve, briefly run the sides of the mold under tepid water to loosen the popsicle, and gently twist or wiggle the popsicle stick as you lift.

Note: I’ve also made this recipe with blackberries, and that’s very good, too. Keep in mind, though, that you may need to adjust the amount of sugar or lemon juice.

Yield: depends in your molds. I get 10 to 11 vodka shooter-size pops.


Anonymous Gali said...

Reading your post reminded me of a theory my English teacher in freshman year of high school had: A/C killed neighbourhoods. Back in the day everyone had their doors and windows open and everyone was sitting outside in the evening enjoying a chat or two... a bit like you described your current neighbourhood. But these days most people prefer to stay inside with their A/C cranked up on the highest setting.

12:19 AM, July 12, 2010  
Blogger Paula said...

Oh, I love such simply and delicious things!

have a nice day,

12:24 AM, July 12, 2010  
Anonymous Jeannie said...

Another amazing recipe adaption from that musthaveforthesummer book! I love it Molly, looks perfect for the summer weather.

12:32 AM, July 12, 2010  
Blogger Neighborhood Foodie said...

The Perfect Scoop! This has to be the sixth time inside a week that this book has gotten a random mention in my life. Apparently I need to go find a copy of my very own!

12:44 AM, July 12, 2010  
Blogger Spiralstyle said...

I'm in Sydney right now where it is winter but going home to Michigan and heat on Wednesday. Popsicles sound like a great thing to make when I get home.

12:49 AM, July 12, 2010  
OpenID Daniela Siegenthaler said...

yes yes, isn't the sun wonderful? i was wearing a wool hat just a handful of days ago. and this post reminds me that i must locate my shot of the infamous popsicle i took at delancey last summer. and it will make me feel all hip and summer cool by doing so :)

1:23 AM, July 12, 2010  
Blogger et lille oejeblik - a little moment said...

fantastic! the way you describe the different type of summers is EXACTLY what i am experiencing. except in opposite order. my summers in denmark were those that brought everyone out and had the city buzzing and beautiful. here in the middle east, we're in doors. or at the pool. or the beach. the only way to get through the day. and yes, i break into sweat sleeping, standing, sitting. so, it might just be time for some popsickles.

1:36 AM, July 12, 2010  
Anonymous Sally said...

I really want to make ice lolly this year... going to buy some moulds soon!

2:43 AM, July 12, 2010  
Blogger Lisa said...

that looks so great! We're in the middle of winter here in Sydney (brrr!) but summer in Seattle sounds almost magical. I'll definitely try this recipe out from one of my favourite books in a few months when summer rolls around!

3:28 AM, July 12, 2010  
Anonymous Jessica @ How Sweet said...

The Perfect Scoop is perfect! I love every recipe I have tried.

3:35 AM, July 12, 2010  
Blogger Jennifer Jo said...

I yipped with glee when I clicked on the link for your mom's popsicle molds. I've been looking for those---the molds nowadays don't hold up worth anything.

3:53 AM, July 12, 2010  
Anonymous Mark @ Cafe Campana said...

How good are popsicles? I love them on a really hot day, you need to eat them really quick so they don't melt onto my hands.

This recipe looks great and too easy which is very convenient for when it is too hot for me to move.

4:21 AM, July 12, 2010  
Anonymous rachel said...

I remember having these at Delancey last summer, good memories! Now that I have recipe,I'll make them today.

4:29 AM, July 12, 2010  
Blogger Daisy said...

the shots glasses are a perfect touch. So happy to see you back on the regular, Molly.

4:33 AM, July 12, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm... if you DID want a smoother consistency, I bet you could churn this in your ice cream maker to just under soft serve texture and then fill the molds and freeze. In any case, looks great! Can't wait to try them!

4:37 AM, July 12, 2010  
Blogger A Plum By Any Other Name said...

Popsicles: brilliant!

It's been scorching in Boston too and it just so happened that the day it reached 100 degrees was the day I had given myself as a deadline to make lemon lavender marmalade. So there I was, boiling lemons on my stovetop and cursing quietly. (Luckily, the marmalade was delicious.)

I would take an un-air conditioned apartment any day; sounds like you were able to enjoy that nice breeze and the Supremes!


4:54 AM, July 12, 2010  
Anonymous Maggie said...

I had one of these last year at the restaurant. David wrote a nice recipe and you made it your own, lovingly. My table felt like kids, passing around the popsicle, so pleased with ourselves.

4:58 AM, July 12, 2010  
Blogger Victoria said...

I must say that last week the city was brutal, just awful. I went out to dinner with three girlfriends on Wednesday night before the ballet, and when the waiter said the special was a rib eye steak, we all looked at him as if he had lost his mind.

But this looks fantastic, and since the local raspberries are still available upstate, I will be trying this next weekend.

I bet some people could eat this for breakfast on a hot summer morning.

5:07 AM, July 12, 2010  
Blogger Anita said...

OOh how I wish I could open my doors and window. I miss the site of a curtain the breeze. We've been a sizzling high 90s for a month if not more! Seriously thinking of a move!

5:14 AM, July 12, 2010  
Blogger sarah said...

sophisticated popsicles ... i love it.

5:24 AM, July 12, 2010  
Blogger newlywed said...

Mmm, these sound great! Have you had any luck with lower-fat yogurt, or greek yogurt?

5:30 AM, July 12, 2010  
Blogger JodieMo said...

The Popsicle is one of those eternal summertime favorites that you can just never outgrow. These look delicious! I have managed to carve out a little space in my freezer this summer to make room for all things frozen. Maybe I'll pull out the Popsicle molds and give these a whirl. Thanks!
BTW, I read your book from cover to cover and I loved it!

5:48 AM, July 12, 2010  
Anonymous Rachel @ Working Out Wellness said...

You know, I haven't had a popsicle in YEARS! This recipe has me thinking I really need to make some, if only to relive my southern childhood.

6:11 AM, July 12, 2010  
Blogger Michelle said...

Yum! I'm going to make some right now :)

6:29 AM, July 12, 2010  
Blogger Zoomie said...

I just love the way you write - and the idea of popsicles.

6:38 AM, July 12, 2010  
Blogger The Asymptotic Faery said...

Thoroughly enjoyed reading this entry. I, too, can't wait to get a copy of The Perfect Scoop. I've been hearing about it and eyeing it for some time. Other than making citrus-infused ice cubes or frozen juice chunks, I've yet to make a frozen treat such as a gelato, ice cream, or frozen custard by scratch, and by golly, it's time!

I do need to go shopping for ware, however. I don't even have an ice cream machine.

6:38 AM, July 12, 2010  
Blogger Susan @ SGCC said...

Only you could make a popsicle look so elegant! What a lovely idea. I could totally see myself hoarding the whole batch!

6:45 AM, July 12, 2010  
Anonymous Val said...

I've seen quite a lot of popsicle posts out there but none have really given me a craving for making my own until your post. They look divine, don't necessarily call for a popsicle mold and are so darn easy to make!

6:47 AM, July 12, 2010  
Anonymous Katharine @ agirlinmadrid.com said...

I'm heading home to Madrid today where it's almost 40'C (104'F) and this looks like a perfect little gem to whip up upon my arrival!

7:01 AM, July 12, 2010  
Anonymous Jen said...

It is ungodly hot here in Ohio too. I've been slinking in to work each morning with a tank top on so thank goodness our dress code is "take a shower and smell clean." Sitting in the shade, eating a popsicle sounds like heaven on earth.

7:06 AM, July 12, 2010  

A perfect summertime treat! Our weather is a little crazy as well in the mountains of NC. We have experienced more 90+ degree days than the last 3 summers put together! I think these little pops might take the edge off!

7:20 AM, July 12, 2010  
OpenID lafemmecooks.com said...

I made ice cream yesterday with fresh raspberries from the Ballard farmer's market. If only I had read this earlier, I could have made popsicles! Such a fun idea.

7:57 AM, July 12, 2010  
Blogger Kristina Strain said...

Love it! I'll have to give those lovelies a try. The shot-glass presentation is so elegant and grown-up. I put together a few popsicle recipes of my own last week:

7:59 AM, July 12, 2010  
Blogger mosey said...

Thank you for my project suggestion with my six year old this afternoon. On it!

I'm a little further down the coast in the SF Bay Area where it is the usual chilly foggy summer day. But I have high hopes for the sun breaking through this afternoon...

8:01 AM, July 12, 2010  
Anonymous Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks said...

Hi, Molly! These popsicles look really lovely, and it is nice to see the ways people make pops without a mold -- I have resisted buying one because none of them seem to be designed very well! Nicely done.

8:04 AM, July 12, 2010  
Anonymous Natalie said...

Too funny. After last week's big heatwave, I announced to my fiancé that we were going to start making popsicles very soon. Specifically, yogurt-fruit popsicles. And now I have the perfect recipe. Thanks, Molly.

8:07 AM, July 12, 2010  
Blogger red ticking said...

growing up... there were always homemade pop sickles in the house..and this took me back... i would love a homemade one at delancy!! better get over there soon! hope you had a great weekend... cooler weather thank goodness... xxpam

8:08 AM, July 12, 2010  
Blogger Lindsey @ FRESH AIR + FRESH FOOD said...

You've inspired me - I have popsicle molds via a killer garage sales but the vodka shooter looks so much more grown-up! It makes me want to host a playdate!

8:14 AM, July 12, 2010  
Anonymous Kathrine said...

Wow. It's like you knew I went out on Saturday and bought myself a set of Popsicle molds. Going to try this recipe with fresh strawberries!

8:21 AM, July 12, 2010  
Blogger Just Jen said...

I had a nostalgic moment this summer remembering my sister making fro-yo popsicles for her kids when they were little. I decided I must do this for my son Joey. So we sought out and got the plastic molds and I used Greek yogurt to which I added blueberries that I'd cooked with a little splash of water and sugar just till they burst. Then I mixed the whole mess up and froze it. Joey loved 'em! Ahhh sweet memories being recycled and run through again for my son.

8:25 AM, July 12, 2010  
Blogger Jill said...

Bwah! Laughing at those Otter Pops. Never knew they were called that! I won't buy those for my kids either! Something about the fact that you can buy 100 of them for like 2.99 or that an unfrozen bag of those exploded down my very favorite white shirt, ruining it forever! I too must get the Dave Leibowitz book.

8:26 AM, July 12, 2010  
Anonymous Louise @ Kitchen Fiddler said...

I'm one of those adults who gets a big grin on my face just thinking about a popsicle set before me in a shot glass! I'm headed to the kitchen right now to make up a batch of these. Thanks for the inspiration, Molly!

8:47 AM, July 12, 2010  
Anonymous Janet said...

Those popsicle molds are exactly like the ones my mother used to make popsicles in the 1960s (we lived in Walla Walla, where it was HOT in the summer).

8:53 AM, July 12, 2010  
Blogger elena gold said...

as someone who was born and raised in the nw (and left and came back) i've got to say that was the loveliest and best description of our summers here. xo.

9:00 AM, July 12, 2010  
Blogger Junsui said...

These popsicles look amazing!!...now if only the California weather would magically warm up and give me an excuse to make these, I'd be a happy camper.

9:17 AM, July 12, 2010  
Anonymous kickpleat said...

I am a big fan of popsicles and we make them with regularity when it's hot outside. Using frozen strawberries and lime alongside the yogurt is also wonderful - especially because there is no straining of seeds involved.

9:27 AM, July 12, 2010  
Blogger un bel oiseau said...

ummm yes. these are perfect. genius as usual.


9:52 AM, July 12, 2010  
Anonymous Maddie said...

I've been making ridiculous amounts of David Lebovitz's ice cream, but the idea of popsicle-ing (popsicling?)the "batter" never occurred to me. This is genius, so thank you for helping me beat the heat over here on the Eastern Seaboard.

9:57 AM, July 12, 2010  
Blogger Lindsay Jewell said...

It wish I had thought of popsicles over the weekend while it was still 100 degrees. I'll remember next time - these look amazing.

11:07 AM, July 12, 2010  
Anonymous Matt said...

I clearly remember sitting on the curb with my sisters slurping away at popsicles in the brutal Midwest heat. Popsicles were a brief respite from the heat, and after I was done I usually ended up chewing the stick until it was reduced to soggy splinters in my mouth.

11:20 AM, July 12, 2010  
Blogger Myrnie said...

Yum! Oddly enough, I made my own version of these last week, but with nectarines a little too mealy to enjoy out of hand. Yummy!

12:45 PM, July 12, 2010  
Blogger Johanna said...

This post is just in time for my annual popsicle obsession. Sweaty minds think alike. or something like that. :)

12:48 PM, July 12, 2010  
Blogger michaela said...

Eric & I were fortunate enough to enjoy a popsicle last year at one of Delancey's pre-opening dinners. I'm assuming Brandon hid it on you so the guests could enjoy.

My mom always made popsicles as well in the clear plastic molds. Must have been an 80s thing. Hers were based on homemade lemondade, Ocean Spray Cranberry, or mix (half cran half OJ). I too longed for the packaged foods of the neighborhood kids, but look back fondly now.

1:17 PM, July 12, 2010  
Blogger Jenny said...

Molly, you seem so invigorated in your blog entries now that you have committed to worrying less about having recipes every time. It is nice to see you evolve. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and the occasional recipe with the world!

2:38 PM, July 12, 2010  
Blogger Amanda Hawkins said...

This is so what I should be eating right now. And I love that you had homemade popsicles on your summer list and you made them, just like that. Its like magic.

3:18 PM, July 12, 2010  
Anonymous Chassie said...

Those are the same popsicle molds that I grew up on and I've been trying to track them down forever! It was 111 degrees today in Vegas...definitely a day for pops :) Thanks for sharing!

3:42 PM, July 12, 2010  
Anonymous Jenny said...

I love this post. Popsicles need to be made sometime this summer. How do you get that border on your pictures that makes them even more beautiful than they already are?

I should be eating these right now.

4:30 PM, July 12, 2010  
Anonymous littleclove said...

You brought me back to those HOT HOT Chicago summer days of my childhood where we'd spend the entire day submerged in the pool because we really could not do much of anything else.

Popsicles meant FUN and were an exciting part of a summer day. Thanks for bringing me back!

5:36 PM, July 12, 2010  
Blogger janna said...

Yum! But what I really wanted to say was - Otter Pops! Someone mentioned them the other day, and I didn't know what they meant. But now I do! We always called them Icee Pops -- I think that was the brand my mom always bought.

5:40 PM, July 12, 2010  
OpenID smalltownoven said...

Shooter glasses are such a great idea for popsicles! These look soooo amazingly delicious. Can't wait to try!

7:49 PM, July 12, 2010  
Blogger Guinnah said...

I LOVE this idea! Those were the exact popsicle molds that we had. In fact, I think I might have them in my bottom kitchen drawer! The vodka shooter glass is brilliant...

8:11 PM, July 12, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone ever heard of "paletas"? They are Mexican popsicles that I discovered last summer and they are wonderful. My favorite flavor was mango-chili (yes, hot chili, and with big chunks of mango)--fabulous. I tried to make them myself, but they didn't come out as good as the ones I bought---and they can only be found at a few small shops some distance from my house. I would love to know how to make them.

8:37 PM, July 12, 2010  
Blogger Denise | Chez Danisse said...

Popsicles have been missing from my life for too long. This nice simple recipe is the perfect thing to get me back on track. Thanks.

9:14 PM, July 12, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great idea for the kids - so much better than ice cream with additives, preservatives etc. I might put in a jelly dinosaur sweet in the middle for them to find!
Thanks Molly - from Nicki in New Zealand

9:18 PM, July 12, 2010  
Anonymous RV said...

I am loving this berry flavored popsicles..

9:28 PM, July 12, 2010  
Anonymous Julie said...

LOVE the tall shot glasses. Makes me want to open a restaurant and make people smile.

10:08 PM, July 12, 2010  
OpenID belleaukitchen said...

I just adore your writing style... it's so evocative... the summer here in the UK has been amazing until yesterday when autumn suddenly appeared but never fear, with food on offer like this we can always bring sunshine into the home... when we were young my mum used to peel a banana, wrap it in foil and pop it in the freezer...an hour later we'd have frozen banana popsicles! so easy to please when you're that young! x

12:52 AM, July 13, 2010  
Blogger Notonlyformoms said...

i will make this for my 2 year old daughter. she will love it. she is askinf for icecream every day.
greetings from hot and sunny austria.

2:43 AM, July 13, 2010  
Blogger Heather @ chiknpastry said...

sadly, i don't have a good excuse for why i haven't yet made popsicles. lameness, i reckon :)

7:34 AM, July 13, 2010  
Anonymous Julie said...

Mmmmm...can't wait to try these scrumptious-looking pops! I'm late to the party, having just arrived at your blog after reading your book...but I adore your writing style, with or without recipes! Cheers to your pops--and your book and blog!

7:57 AM, July 13, 2010  
Anonymous mbox said...

thank you for writing, I am enjoying reading. making the chocolate chip cookies today. we live near san francisco so the fog is in. when it gets warm again in september i will be making the popsicles in mickey mouse molds.

8:02 AM, July 13, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just finished your book. I loved it so much. Yesterday night I made your meatball recipe. There are so good! Thanks for sharing your stories and food!

8:20 AM, July 13, 2010  
Anonymous renate said...

When I try to click on the link to see your mom's popsicle molds, I get MOMA's site with a Rauschenberg painting. (?)

At any rate, I grew up eating homemade popsicles that were made in Tupperware molds. My mom used a Tupperware recipe which included a package of jello. While all my neighbors (popsicles made with Kool-aid) would be left with 'ice on a stick' when they sucked the juice out, mine were always intact and even a bit 'chewey', if you can image that. I might fiddle around with a little gelatin in a popsicle mixture(maybe dissolved with a little Chambord or something?) We weren't sophisticated enough 20-30 years ago to know about adding real fruit or yogurt to our popsicles. Can't wait to try these, as I still have those old molds in the cupboard. Thanks Molly!

11:10 AM, July 13, 2010  
Blogger Molly said...

Hi, all!

Jenny, I'm so glad you like the photos! I took them with an old Polaroid camera, which is why they have a border. I just scan them and upload them, as easy as a digital shot.

And Renate, thanks for letting me know about that wonky link. I've fixed it now. It should go to MOMA, but to a page for Tupperware popsicle molds - possibly the very same ones that your mom used!

11:32 AM, July 13, 2010  
Blogger Erin said...

I visited Seattle for the first time last summer, and the weather was fantastic! Sunny and just hot enough... perfect. I like the idea of Popsicles because they don't require the effort or tools that you need to make ice cream. I'm going to search my house for the best Popsicle holding vessel, and will be experimenting soon!

11:54 AM, July 13, 2010  
Blogger Gemma said...

I was waiting for the ice-cream maker to pop up in the instructions but it didn't so I'm in! Gx

p.s - Perfect Scoop has been sitting in my Amazon basket for months. I really should have bought it by now but then I would probably have to buy that ice-cream maker...

3:11 PM, July 13, 2010  
Anonymous jacksonholefoodie said...

I am going to make these right now. It is finally summer in Jackson Hole, and I don't have the time or energy to make anything more complicated than this! Thanks Molly!

3:34 PM, July 13, 2010  
Anonymous The Muse of The Day said...

It is hot enough in TN that a big down pour last night did nothing to cool us off - time for popsicles. Although I have made more of that fennel ice cream ... mmm... looks like fennel today, raspberry tomorrow.

4:08 PM, July 13, 2010  
Blogger Rachel said...

Made these last night for an after school snack when I came home today. I want one for dinner. And another for breakfast tomorrow. I don't want to eat meals anymore. Its summer, after all.

7:38 PM, July 13, 2010  
Anonymous molly said...

This might be my most favorite recipe yet. Ever. And I've yet to try it.

In Seattle now, but about to head back to Ohio, which from the sound of it is a dead-ringer for OK -- hot and humid as the dickens. My August may be defined by such popsicles....

11:16 PM, July 13, 2010  
Anonymous Nuts about food said...

Heat wave here in Italy too! Love the description of your neighborhood opening up to the summer. I make popsicles for my daughter (ahem, actually for all of us) and fruit and yogurt is a favorite of ours too. We use seasonal fruit, yogurt and honey.

3:22 AM, July 14, 2010  
Blogger Luisa said...

Looks yummy. That's going in my recipe binder.

6:23 AM, July 14, 2010  
Blogger Luisa said...

Sounds yummy! It's going into my recipe binder.

6:25 AM, July 14, 2010  
Anonymous Natalie Thiele said...

Yum yum! Gotta try it. It is supposed to hit 100 degrees here in Sacramento.

7:49 AM, July 14, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the hardest thing about any 'sicle' recipe is finding the molds! No one sells them anymore. Finally found some cute little ones in a local hardware store, so I'm ready. it's been a classic summer so far up here in Toronto--hot, hot, hot and humid! Found another FAB recipe from Whipped for lemon-buttermilk popsicles which I highly recommend!

9:39 AM, July 14, 2010  
Anonymous Anja said...

Your popsicles look so yummy! Last year I made concord grape sorbet ( http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/concord-grape-sorbet) and this year I've made Mango sorbet (following this recipe: http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/mango-sorbet/Detail.aspx) and froze it in popsicle molds! So yummy! I didn't realize how easy it is to make iced desserts!

9:42 AM, July 14, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Inspired!! Just made the popsicles a few moments ago with the kiddos. The hardest part - the wait! So excited to eat them. Should be ready for a cool afternoon snack.

9:55 AM, July 14, 2010  
Anonymous gowns said...

What a great little nugget this is. I have a 10 year old that is going to be eating a ton of these. Thanks for a great idea

11:11 AM, July 14, 2010  
Anonymous hungrysofia said...

I'm training for a marathon for charity this summer and one of my teammates brought popscicles to practice as a fundraiser. OMG it was either the best ice pop in the world or we were just that tired but in a few minutes we were all transformed into seven year olds!

12:58 PM, July 14, 2010  
Anonymous Dionne Baldwin said...

Thank you for posting this! It looks amazing and is very fitting for the hot weather you are having. I'm sorry you're so uncomfortable. It may be cooler for some parts of the world but hotter than what you're used to is very relative. :) You've inspired me to make popsicles with my bored 7 year old...

12:58 PM, July 14, 2010  
Anonymous jessiev said...

yum, molly! i use agave instead of syrup and whatever fresh fruit we have on hand, to throw in with the yogurt. i've had to buy more popsicle molds since we have so many neighborhood kids coming over and begging for them. thanks for the lovely article!

2:36 PM, July 14, 2010  
Anonymous Jill said...

The car thermometer said 108 yesterday, so I made these using spongebob squarepants dixie cups - the only 3 oz. ones available in the grocery store. I just ate two (popsicles, not cups or grocery stores) and found them to be everything summer was missing.

2:59 PM, July 14, 2010  
Anonymous Heather@EnviroMom said...

Molly, I've been making popsicles in those same shot glasses! Do you have a trick for getting the pops out of the glass? Typically we just let them sit out for a few minutes, then I grab the glass with a towel and pull on the stick with all my might. I'm wondering if there's a faster, easier way?

3:23 PM, July 14, 2010  
Anonymous Heather@EnviroMom said...

Ah, I just re-read your recipe where you state how to remove them -- thanks! And yum!

3:28 PM, July 14, 2010  
Anonymous the constant hunger said...

Your recipe...delicious. But seriously, I want to move to your neighborhood. What a change from my noisy New York City 'hood.

5:23 AM, July 15, 2010  
Anonymous Susan @ The Spice Garden said...

It's funny how discussion of a particular food can take you waaaaay back. For me, your post took me to Northern New York, to the heat of the summer in a neighborhood where all the houses were the same design and could only be distinguished by their color and the gardens that mothers lovingly (and competitively)tended. Time of day ... 2 PM-ish and in the distance there is the tinkling sound of the Good Humor man's truck approaching the intersection of King St and Malby Ave. Every child within a three block radius would rush to their bikes with an allowance quarter and off they'd go ... in pursuit of popsicles! Thanks for the cold, drippy, sweet memory!

5:29 AM, July 15, 2010  
Anonymous ila said...

i lurv pops. i used to make them as a child with plain coke, because the "butt" end would be all bumpy and bubbly, and for a 9 year old, that's pretty awe-inspiring.

10:34 AM, July 15, 2010  
Blogger AmyDishes said...

Thank you!! When we went to Delancey's pre-opening last summer, I seriously swooned over these (not from the heat)!

2:01 PM, July 15, 2010  
Anonymous claiborne said...

This looks like an excellent excuse to buy a set of tall shot glasses! I'm dreaming of a creamsicle version as well as the raspberry.

2:56 PM, July 16, 2010  
Blogger Judy said...

It is hot here in Missouri, too. My comment is actually about your book. I just finished it today, while lying on a towel in the sun. I loved it. It made me cry and miss my father, who passed away almost a year ago. It also made me smile when you describe the history of your recipes and your love for your husband. I am now a fan of your blog, too. I love to cook and write. What an awesome idea for you to combine your recipes with the stories. Well done!

3:48 PM, July 16, 2010  
Anonymous Teafortwo said...

Yum, yum and more yum. A few weeks ago, in a fit of utter laziness, I realized that you can take the little Trader Joe's yogurts (six pack, variety of flavors), cut a tiny slit in the foil, jam in a popsicle stick, and freeze them. I like the idea of plain yogurt though.

5:39 PM, July 16, 2010  
Anonymous Katharine said...


I just discovered your blog through a foodie friend of mine. I recently started my own blog after years of being a "food blog creeper" :) Anyway, just wanted you to know how inspired I am by your story (I'm also currently reading your book). Keep up the great work! And feel free to check out my blog if you want: www.mealmuse.wordpress.com. I'm only two posts in, but there's definitely more to come!


6:36 PM, July 16, 2010  
Blogger "Guppy" Honaker said...

Here in Phoenix summer seems to arrive in April. I LOVE these popsicle ideas - and just in time! (We're baking here, the heat is excessively high, even for Phoenix).

- David

Aloe Vera 101
Holistic Health Info.

7:10 PM, July 16, 2010  
Blogger Made2Order said...

i love it with just lime and lemon... i love citrus

7:31 PM, July 16, 2010  
Anonymous seamus o'conner said...

Bravvissimo. Sounds terrific and looks even better. You are certainly correct about adults with Popsicles. They act so coool. Like a popsicle is just for kids. Well I am a 48 year old kid and I eat all the Drumsticks(the chocolate covered vanilla cones with crushed peanuts all over the chocolate) my wife buys. She knows my son James like them, but I usually eat most of em. Lately he has been getting upset about this.

Your description of the heat is so visual. I remember hiding out in my house with the air conditioning blaring.

I also remember in college going to small clubs in Iowa. It was middle of August. The clubs had no Ac. A band was on stage just rocking the place. Afterwards about 2am everyone would spill outside where it was still warm and muggy. We were all sweaty, hot and exhausted, but it was so much fun.

those times are memorable.

8:03 AM, July 17, 2010  
Blogger ladybug said...

I loved your book! Thank you for sharing yourself and your family. Like everyone, you brought back memories, summers in Denver. Mom made a butterscotch popsicle with pudding and put a marshmallow in the middle to hold the stick. She used Dixie cups and we just peeled them away. Oh to be young again. Love your writing.

Waiting for your next book.
Mary in so hot San Antonio

8:52 AM, July 17, 2010  
Blogger spw said...

i've never been able to eat popsicles, because my teeth don't like them! but i love your post. i've been reading this really interesting twitter feed @chasingcinnamon awesome, surreal food guy writing about not sure what

4:38 AM, July 18, 2010  
Blogger Semisweet said...

Seattle is my adopted home as well, and your description of our summers made me smile and laugh and feel so lucky to be in this spectacular place. Sure, we have rainy, gray days, but when the sun's out it feels as though the whole city is celebrating in hundreds of thousands of small, beautiful ways. Thank you for your beautiful description, Molly.

9:51 AM, July 18, 2010  
Blogger theresa said...

I've been freezing smoothies forever - great to give to the kids any time without sugar or artificial colors (yuck!). I sweeten mine with bananas -- yum! I haven't bothered with straining the seeds out, but I will now! Also swirling to types together makes them pretty.

8:38 PM, July 18, 2010  
Anonymous Beth said...

The recipe looks so easy! I'll try to make these for my daughter -- I think she'll love them!

10:10 PM, July 18, 2010  
Blogger Debra said...

I made these Saturday evening and they were absolutely delicous! Thank you!

5:13 AM, July 19, 2010  
Blogger Millicent said...

I wonder if Manila mangoes would work? Worth a try. I think I will try it with every fruit at the grocery store. I needed this. Yum. Thank you!

10:30 PM, July 19, 2010  
Anonymous eatinqueens said...

The molds nowadays don't hold up worth anything.

12:14 AM, July 20, 2010  
Anonymous SeattleDee said...

I've got ripe salmon berries ready to pick, got the sugar, got yogurt, got the molds... but it's 56 degrees in Sitka and sister, that's just not popsicle weather. Tonight I'll sip hot chocolate and practice patience while I wait for summer weather.

12:31 AM, July 20, 2010  
Anonymous Cookware Hampshire said...

I did quite a lot of travelling state-side in my youth so I know exactly what you mean, just 1 hour walking around in a vest top in NYC at the height of summer gave me cinnamon skin that felt like cardboard. Here in the UK though the heat is something to be relished...
Love the popsicle idea, I'll probably give it a try before our incredibly short summer vanishes. Thanks!

1:53 AM, July 20, 2010  
Anonymous LimeCake said...

if summer lasted forever, these popsicles would be dessert every night. that would be so lovely.

5:28 AM, July 20, 2010  
Blogger Beth said...

It's one hundred million degrees in DC, but instead of making popsicles my kids and I made your ginger chocolate banana bread this morning. I know it doesn't make sense, but the brown bananas on the counter were calling us. We baked them early before the day was too hot and just had a slice with lunch--YUMMY!

8:48 AM, July 20, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love such simply and delicious things!
thanks for posting:)

10:37 AM, July 20, 2010  
Blogger Mikel Posh said...

I love love love simple and delicious things. Summer is all about that for me. Just chilling on the terrace with a nice book and a nice popsicle!

Regards from Spain.


PD. By the way, I just got your book! Finally I'm getting to read it.

1:36 PM, July 20, 2010  
Anonymous Shaheen {The Purple Foodie} said...

Molly, you're a genius. Love raspberry and yoghurt together!

1:44 PM, July 20, 2010  
Anonymous Ingrid said...

Simple and easy...My kind of recipe!

5:51 PM, July 20, 2010  
Blogger bren said...

We made these over the weekend, and they were perfect for this too-hot Nebraska weather. Thank you!

6:06 PM, July 20, 2010  
Blogger Kate said...

Hi Molly, I just wanted to say that I played hooky yesterday and made that lovely salad from your cookbook. The one with radishes, raddicchio, endive, cilantro, french feta, and avocado. Heavenly. Served with a tomato tart. If only I had checked your blog in time I would have added these popsicles! Next time. After I make fennel ice cream.

8:30 AM, July 22, 2010  
Anonymous Marcia said...

your recipe sent me looking for new popsicle molds ...found a great selection at Amazon..and popsicle sticks.. found in a store with crafts supplies..Just made the recipe with two containers of 0% fat Greek yogurt, and they are perfectly yummy and no fat..didn't even bother to strain them..what are a few raspberry seeds in your teeth when you can have the posicles a little bit faster.A fabulous summer treat!

9:34 AM, July 22, 2010  
Anonymous fotographiafoodie said...

healthy and lovely. goodness. going to make these, if only it would get hotter where I live!

4:31 PM, July 22, 2010  
OpenID dietplaid said...

This is such a good idea. I'm making popsicles from leftover smoothies for after work tomorrow (5 hours in 90 degree weather). You've inspired me to document my own pop adventure on my blog. Popsicles are awesome!!!

7:23 PM, July 22, 2010  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

It's great to see a recipe for popsicles with yogurt! When I was little my mom and I would make popsicles from frozen grape juice concentrate and yogurt. The other kids always thought it was a weird idea until they tried one :-).

9:27 PM, July 24, 2010  
Anonymous jodye said...

These look so refreshing and summery! wonderful idea

8:36 PM, July 25, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This post inspired my own version, based on your recipe: plain yogurt, pitted sweet cherries, and a little dark brown sugar. It made lovely popsicles with cherry bits throughout. Thanks for the inspiration! My ice cream addiction may just have been put on hold.


9:11 AM, July 27, 2010  
Blogger Sugar Plum Fairy said...

nothing's better for sumer!

12:05 PM, July 27, 2010  
Blogger lyndsay said...

so awesome. i love the tall shot glass idea, as many commentators do!!! i have been googling incessantly all the different ice cream pop molds but now i will try it using shot glasses!!

thanks so much, love your blog and all the lovely photos!

lyndsay :)

8:24 PM, July 27, 2010  
Anonymous April said...

Ahh yes, we are in the shut phase of summer as hurricane season is starting to get more active. I will try a milk free version of this recipe to accomodate the allergy we have in our house. Thanks for the inspiration.

5:57 PM, July 28, 2010  
Anonymous Nancy Baggett said...

I don't have any popsicle makers shaped like yours, but I am loving fixing popsicles this summer, too. I've actually come up with some really easy, but really tasty ones using just fruit juices--the pomegranate and grapefruit ones are especially good. I tried them in the Zoku pop maker--work fine.

Love your blog and hope you'll visit mine some time -- it's at www.kitchenlane.com

7:50 PM, July 30, 2010  
Blogger Lori said...

The popsicle molds you linked are indeed tupperware molds. They were probably the ones used by your mother as well as many of the commenters. My mother had a set she obtained from hosting parties in the 1980s. I also recently obtained a second set from my grandmother. She purchased them in the 1960s. Tupperware rarely changes. And what do you know? I saw an updated color version at a home show last Saturday. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be sold on their website. But if anyone is interested, I'm sure you can contact a seller or find it used (or unused as Tupperware products often go) online.

10:15 PM, August 03, 2010  
Anonymous Anjuli Ayer said...

I was looking for something to do with a whole bunch of blackberries and raspberries and these popsicles were just the thing. Shot glasses, yes!, we have those. I especially liked the popsicle we shimmied out of the 5 shot glass. BIG popsicle.

Gotta love stoop culture and fluttering curtains.

11:15 AM, August 11, 2010  
Anonymous Juliann D said...

Thanks for another great way to use our abundance of blackberries, and the perfect way to try out my new popsicle molds. The popsicles were delicious. My mom had the same popsicle molds. We used them to make jello and pudding pops. Must have been a popular 80s Tupperware party thing.

7:17 AM, August 25, 2010  
Blogger Guusje said...

My friend Rose gave me your book for my birthday. My father passed away 3 years ago and I love to cook. You touched me deeply. Thank you sooo much! I made your Ed Fretwell soup yesterday for a friend who has a husband in the hospital, your cornbread and berry pound cake. Yummm.
XXX Guusje Sellier

8:21 AM, September 09, 2010  

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