oh man, is it hot! this spring and summer has had some intense heat! now, i live in southern california, so i’m used to some warm weather this time of year, but the past few days have just been ridiculous. 100’f? i don’t live in a desert people, that temperature is just obscene.
there’s only one remedy for such face-melting weather, and that, ladies and gents, is popsicles.
these pops are super easy, creamy, and nice and sweet. perfect combination. the spices are totally optional, and while i like them because they add a little depth to these cold treats, you can certainly enjoy the pops without them. as with all recipes that call for spices, i recommend you add them incrementally, that way you can stop when enough is enough.
SPICED CANTALOUPE CREAM POPS
2 cups cantaloupe, deseeded and cubed (~ half a small melon)
1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
1 tablespoon agave syrup, or to taste
1 teaspoon ground ginger, or to taste (optional)
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste (optional)
add melon, coconut milk*, and agave in a blender and blend until totally smooth. (melon is pretty darn soft, so it should be fine in a regular blender.) add more agave or spices to taste, and blend again until well combined. pour into popsicle wells, and place in freezer. after the first hour, you can pull them out and place the popsicle sticks into each well, making sure the pops are frozen enough to hold the sticks upright without falling over. put back in freezer and allow to set completely, about four hours total.
*when using coconut milk out of the can, i like to place it in the fridge for a half hour or so before opening, that way all the coconut milk fat can float up and separate and you can skim your 1/2 cup straight off the top.
YIELD: ~ 6 pops, depending on size of popsicle wells
that’s it for these guys! these dreamy cream pops are perfect for summer! the coconut milk helps to give the these pops a better texture, since melon is typically very watery. like i said, i love the spices, but if that’s not your thing, feel free to just go with the agave! or add a little lime juice, or a fresh basil leaf, whatever your pleasure. summer treats mean total free-for-all! enjoy!
PHOTOS BY TAYLER MORRISSEY