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Watermelon, Strawberry & Belgian Ale Ice Pops

  • Difficulty 2
  • Prep Time 10 mins
  • Cook Time none
  • Chilling Time 8 hrs
  • Serves 10 to 12
  • Difficulty 2
  • Prep Time 10 mins
  • Cook Time none
  • Chilling Time 8 hrs
  • Serves 10 to 12
Tangy-sweet and infused with crisp Belgian ale: That’s how we like our frozen treats! Here, watermelon, strawberries, lime juice and fruit-forward Belgian ale get together to create refreshing adults-only ice pops. Inspired by the cool Mexican-style treats called paletas, these are a summer-evening highlight.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (500 mL) diced seeded watermelon
  • 1 cup (250 mL) diced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) fruity Belgian ale
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) granulated sugar (approx)
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) lime juice (approx)
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt

Directions

  1. 1. In a blender or food processor, purée together watermelon, strawberries, ale, sugar, lime juice and salt until smooth. Taste and add more sugar and/or lime juice, if desired (see tips).
  2. 2. Divide watermelon mixture among 10 to 12 ice pop moulds. Insert sticks and freeze until firm, about 8 hours.
  3. 3. To loosen, place mould in hot water for 10 to 15 seconds, then jiggle pops until they release. Serve immediately.

Variation

  • Passion Fruit–Topped Belgian Ale Ice Pops: Prepare watermelon mixture through Step 1. Divide among ice pop moulds, leaving 1/4 to 1/2 inch space between liquid and rim (do not insert sticks). Freeze until starting to firm up, 1 to 2 hours. Scoop flesh of 4 passion fruits into a bowl; spoon into moulds, filling to rim. Insert sticks and freeze until firm, about 6 hours more.

Tips

  • If you don’t have a blender or food processor (or don’t feel like doing extra dishes), put all the ingredients into a tall-sided bowl and use a hand blender to purée them.
  • Depending on the ripeness and sweetness of your fruit, you may need to adjust the lime juice and sugar to taste. Keep in mind that freezing dulls sweetness a bit.
  • Give your pops a kick by stirring in about 1 tsp (5 mL) Tajín seasoning (a Mexican spice blend made with chili, lime and salt). Alternatively, for a bit of freshness, blend a small handful of mint leaves into the mixture before freezing.

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