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Lemon-Apricot Fruit Pops

With just 31 calories and less than 1 tsp. sugar per serving, these lemon ice pops are one light and refreshing summer dessert everyone can find room for! —Aysha Schurman, Ammon, Idaho
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + freezing
  • Makes
    6 pops

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cup sliced fresh apricots (4-5 medium)
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh mint, optional
  • 6 freezer pop pouches, molds or 6 paper cups (3-ounce size) and wooden pop sticks

Directions

  • Place the first 6 ingredients in a blender; cover and process until blended. If desired, stir in mint.
  • Pour into pouches, molds or paper cups. Top molds with holders. If using cups, top with foil and insert sticks through foil. Freeze until firm.

Lemon-Apricot Fruit Pops Tips

What is an Otter Pop?

Otter Pops are frozen colored ice pops that come in a variety of fruity flavors. These liquid-based novelty treats are similar to popsicles, but instead of being eaten on a stick they come in a long, clear plastic pouch. They are typically sold unfrozen in the store and are ready to be popped in the freezer at home. Ice pops are also sold under other best-selling brands such as Fla-vor-ice and Pop-Ice.

How long do natural ice pops last?

Natural ice pops will last about 3-4 weeks in the freezer. After that they may start to lose their flavor. For best results, place them in the back of your freezer where it’s coldest.

What other variations of these homemade ice pops can I try?

There are so many fun and delicious ways to make homemade ice pops. Depending on your recipe and the flavor you’d like to impart, add ripe fruit or a splash of juice to your pops for a little extra sweetness. Honey and maple syrup also add natural sweetness without tipping the sugar content too high. Vanilla yogurt (Greek or regular) and coconut milk are also great options if you want to incorporate a creamy texture. Or, try a sprinkle of granola or a pureed banana.

If you want to get even more creative, try different variations on pops that can be made with or without a mold. And don’t forget to try other types of frosty treats, including quick-to-fix frozen desserts and ice cream-inspired treats from around the world.

Research contributed by Amy Glander, Taste of Home Book Editor
Nutrition Facts
1 pop: 31 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 8g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 0 protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 fruit.

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