DIY Popsicle #007 : Yakult Popsicle

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I asked myself this before making these Yakult popsicles: “Does freezing Yakult kill the Shirota strain?” Nope, see answer to question 14 here.  Guess it’s the same as freezing yogurt.  They just go dormant.

Somewhere between the original and the orange flavor, right in the middle, things were not freezing well, all my 4 popsicles broke off at the same place when I tried to unmold them.  But they were still yummy nonetheless.

DIY Popsicle Version 007 : Yakult Popiscle
1. Base : Yakult drink (or other fermented milk drink) in 4 flavors.  Wait for one layer to freeze, before adding the next flavor.
2. For some bites : None.  I am getting lazy here….. 🙂

DIY Popsicle #006 : Pomegranate Popsicle

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When pomegranate juice/ juice concentrate were once making the anti-oxidant/superfood headlines years ago, I thought they were, too expensive; to drink the bottled version daily?  The frequency was suggested by the promoter in the pharmacy, of course, to boost consumption level and speed up sales.

Pomegranates also looked too complicated a fruit to be de-seeded if I want to buy it fresh, eat it pulp and all, after all fresh is the best, right?  Turns out de-seeding is not that difficult.  De-seed like a pro here (actual de-seeding starts 4:40min, but the overall video is interesting to watch for more information on pomegranate) or here (actual de-seeding starts at 1:30min).  Just be careful not to let the juices stain your shirt.

Since then, I have been buying the fruit only when it’s in season, (I got these last month) and make my own pomegranate juice with a juice extractor.  I don’t eat the fruit as I still haven’t acquire the taste of consuming the seeds along.  My kids have no problem with that though, so I’ll save a small bowl of the fruit for them and juice the rest.

On this particular day,  I juiced another 2 pomegranate to make popsicles.   In case you haven’t tried fresh pomegranate juice before, it tastes like thickened Ribena, but not so sweet, which is yummy!

DIY Popsicle Version 006 : Pomegranate Popiscle
1. Base : Fresh pomegranate juice only
2. For some bites : I did not add any, but I have come across some adding blueberries to their pomegranate popsicle recipes.  Double the anti-oxidant level! 🙂

DIY Popsicle #005 : Sports Drink Popsicle

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Picked up a bottle of sports drink on impulse after an evening run.  Always find them a tad too sweet, but a sudden urge for the taste of citric acid in my mouth (weird?) kicked in, and I only had a couple of fizzy drinks to choose from the vending machine, so this appeared to be the most rational one after a workout.

As I could not finished the whole bottle, the leftovers went into the popsicle molds.  The good thing about making popsicles with sugar loaded soda/canned drinks, is that you’ll consume lesser of it as a popsicle compared to if you were to drink it as a beverage.  Each popsicle mold has a 70ml capacity, so a can of soda is more than enough to make 4 servings (my Daiso mold comes in set of 4 popsicles).  The Big Man get the same level of satisfaction from eating one popsicle and from drinking a can of soda, but the amount of sugar consumed makes all the difference.

Leave the opened soda can standing on the counter for a few minutes till all the fizz are gone, before pouring it into the mold.  Otherwise, there will be lots of air pockets when the popsicle is done freezing.

The taste of this popsicle reminded me of the 10 cents ice tubes we used to eat during the younger days.

DIY Popsicle Version 005 : Sports Drink Popiscle
1. Base : Any sports drink of any flavor, if carbonated, leave the opened can/bottle on counter for a few minutes to let all the fizz out.
2. For some bites : I did not add any, but I think a few squeeze of lemon or lime could intensify the acidity of the popsicle.  The freezing process tame that down quite a bit.

DIY Popsicle #004 : Gula Melaka Coconut Milk Popsicles

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Gosh, it has been drizzling pretty often recently, hasn’t it? But the temperature hasn’t really come down after the rain, neither am I enjoying any cool breeze from my kitchen window. So the DIY popsicle project continues….

Sticking to the preference for creamy popsicle, I turned to ingredients commonly found our local dessert for inspiration : Gula Melaka Sago / Cendol. I removed the sago and cendol bits as I don’t think they taste good frozen, but I kept the red beans (think: potong ice-cream).

You may end up with extra Gula Melaka Syrup, depending on how sweet you want your popsicles. Keep them in clean glass jars, and consumed within a few weeks.

DIY Popsicle Version 004 : Gula Melaka Coconut Milk Popiscle
1. Base : Make Gula Melaka syrup by melting 100g Gula Melaka with a bit of water (50ml) in a small pot over low heat. Add Pandan leaf (1 qty, knotted) and simmer till mixture slightly thickens. Remove pot from heat and let syrup cool down slightly, about 15 minutes. Remove Pandan leaf. Mix 1/8 tsp of salt to 1 cup of coconut milk. Add Gula Melaka syrup to coconut milk slowly till preferred sweetness level.
2. For some bites : Boil and cook 2 tablespoons of red beans till soft. Fill the base of the molds with some red beans first before filling the rest of the molds with Gula Melaka Coconut Milk Mixture.

Credits :
Gula Melaka Syrup via Cuisine Paradise
Gula Melaka Sago via My Kitchen Snippets

DIY Popsicle #003 : Banana Puree Popsicle

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First, an easy ice cream recipe : Always stock a small tub of frozen cut bananas in the freezer, that is all you need to make “healthy, sugar-gluten-dairy free, single ingredient ice cream” on a hot day.

Just puree the frozen fruit in a blender till they look like sticky “cream”, you may need to start-stop the blender a few times and use a spoon to move the frozen bananas around so that they get into the blades.

The end result is so close to the real thing; tastes, melts and glides around in your mouth just like normal ice cream, minus the guilt.  You can re-freeze the puree to get a firmer texture, but I usually can’t wait, just scoop them out and serve direct on a cone, sometimes with toppings like chopped almonds or peanuts.  Today, I blended more bananas and mold them into popsicles.

For the today’s popsicle recipe,  I blended a bit of natural yogurt with the banana puree made from 2 large bananas.  This is to add some tangy flavor, which I like in my popsicles, totally optional.

DIY Popsicle Version 003 : Banana Puree Popiscle
1. Base : Banana Puree.  Blend and blend 2 large frozen cut bananas and 2 tablespoons of natural/ greek yogurt (optional) till you get a sticky mixture. Fill popsicle molds with puree.  Tap the molds on the table a few times before freezing, to get rid of air pockets inside the mixture.
2. For some bites : None.