photos by Jared Smith
With back to school season upon us and fall weather just around the corner, there is only one logical thing left to do, and that is to throw one last, giant Summer hurrah before the daily grind sets back in! Okay, so maybe that’s a little idealized, but this is what happens to you when you grow up watching The Sandlot and Dirty Dancing on repeat, you know? Either way, you can definitely squeeze in our four clever popsicle party ideas into your warm weather weekend plans to do a little celebrating here and there.
Don’t worry, we’re not trying to plump you up for your Fall coat (just yet), so we’ve teamed up with Truvia® sweetener (the zero-calorie saving grace addition to my afternoon flat white with almond milk) to reduce your sugar intake during your popsicle bash. Did I also mention we’re showing you how to turn our favorite naturally sweetened popsicle recipe into popsicle dessert cups, too? Oh, it’s true!…
To get the party started, you need a good showstopper recipe of course. Before we get to that though, let’s all recite together the importance of time sensitivity when it comes to a popsicle party. Be sure to serve all of the items immediately once removed from the freezer, and the best way I’ve found to do that is to have them already plated in the freezer so when you remove them you’re all set for photo-ops and the little details. Now, for the sweet stuff…
Creamy Coconut Pineapple Popsicle Recipe
* Note you can use the Truvia® spoonable for the following measurements, but I always keep the 80 count packet box in the studio, so I’m using those bad boys up! The rule of thumb is one packet of Truvia® Natural Sweetener provides the same sweetness as two teaspoons of sugar, but this is an easy conversion chart to follow for your recipes.
- 2 1/2 tablespoons of Truvia® Natural Sweetener
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1¼ cup cold coconut cream
- 3 cups chopped fresh pineapple
- 1/4 cup of fresh pineapples juice
- Coconut flakes
Mix the coconut cream, 1 tablespoon (or 2 packets) of Truvia® Natural Sweetener, the coconut flakes, and vanilla in a bowl until well combined. Blend the fresh pineapple and pineapple juice with the remaining tablespoon of natural sweetener until you’ve got a smooth puree.
Next, you can blend the two mixture for a quick and simple popsicle, or you can add a layer at a time, freezing in between to create the white and yellow layers like we did!
Get Fancy with Your Popsicle Sticks
No one ever said you had to use the plain ole popsicle sticks that come with your kit. We actually repurposed plastic cocktail stirrers for ours, and cut them to different lengths with heavy duty shears, to suit the popsicle stands so they’re not top heavy.
DIY Acrylic Popsicle Stand
- Acrylic riser set
- Drill and corresponding drill bit (sized to whatever popsicle stick you need to fit!)
These acrylic stands are SUPER easy to make, but be sure to note that if you’re using a large popsicle stick, you’ll have to drill a small hole and then use progressively larger drill bits until the hole is the size you need. Otherwise if you just try to drill one large hole on the first go, it will crack the acrylic. You can even insert the popsicles into the stand while in the freezer so that they’re ready to serve to guests right as you take them from the fridge!
Frozen Popsicle Dessert or Cocktail Cups
- Shot glass ice cube tray
- Crushed ice to serve them on (optional)
- Your favorite cocktail or cold dessert recipe to serve (we used the this gin fizz float!)
You can make any flavor popsicle glass you’d like of course, but we stuck with the pineapple and coconut stripe theme by layered each ingredient for the recipe into the shot glass mold instead of a regular popsicle mold. Then we served them with a mini rendition of the gin fizz float over crushed ice. I love the way it turned out!
Popsicle Bon Bons
You can use the same popsicle recipe as before, but instead make them layered in mini round ice trays. The ones we used (linked above) are perfect because they have a rubber bottom to make the “bon bons” easy to pop out!
Once you’ve made the bites, melt the yogurt chips and stir in a bit of your favorite gel coloring to dip the bon bons in quickly. Then dip them in sprinkles and place back in the freezer until ready to serve.
All in all you can’t really go wrong with a popsicle party, but these should definitely get you off to a good start! Do you all have a favorite reduced-sugar popsicle recipe? I think I’m still stuck on the yogurt dipped popsicle bon bons, but maybe I’m just bias.