Living down in Mexico for as long as I did, I ran across a million varieties of something called "Agua Fresca" (Fresh Water)
. In essence, they are a fruit, or a mixture of fruit, which are mashed, soaked, chopped, and/or pureed then mixed with LOTS of water and sugar. Some also use nuts, grains and spices, but most are just a mixture of fruit, water and sugar. For all tends and purposes, "Lemonade
" is an "Agua Fresca"!
See, sugar, much like salt, as a flavor enhancer. It tends to take the flavors and aromas from an ingredient and STRETCH IT! This is how a watermelon, mixed with gallons of water and some sugar, can bring cool refreshment to a large body of people! It's inexpensive, fun, tasty and brings a smile to many more faces than just the lone watermelon ever could!
The same exact idea and method applies here! By taking a fruit and mixing it with your favorite sweetener, then stretching with water (cream or yoghurt, and a bit of salt)
, you can freeze yummy little frozen snacky sticks of goodness! The stretch-ability of the sweetener and salt has a fantastic little side effect for us low-carbers. It dilutes the carbs naturally found in the fruits, allowing us to eat full flavored popsicles made from actual fruits! Through this method, you can eat a wider variety of fruits than you might ordinary eat while staying low-carb. I can envision a mellow pineapple pop. Can't you?!
In addition to being cool on a hot day, inexpensive fun for the whole family, a great way to tickle the taste buds with the forbidden fruit and being a fun way to play with foods ... popsicles also have two other FANTASTIC benefits. By nature, they are rooted in "portion control". It's not like a bottomless barrel of ice cream. It's just a single ice-olated pop! Finally ... popsicles last! You can make a big batch and stash them in the freezer where they'll live for weeks and months! They don't go bad in a day or two. This means you can make a variety of flavors and save them up ... for a bright and sunny day!
: The mold used for these popsicles is the Tovolo Star Ice Pop Mold