Originally Posted by joesfolk
Those sound really yummy. Back in my salad days when my kids were small I was always disappointed in my popsicles because the kids always sucked out the juice and were left with an ice cube on the end of a stick. But I learned that if I added some gelatin to the mix it solved that problem. I wonder if that would help to keep small fruit chunks well distributed in the mix.
Like I said, the popsicle molds are pretty narrow. Unless your fruit chunks are tiny, they're gonna get wedged in the space of your choosing.
Also, unless you use fruit juice or some watery concoction, the fruit chunks won't move. Trust me, I had your same concerns, but now I've learned.
As for the juice getting sucked out of the popsicle, you won't have this problem if you puree real fruit, because it's difficult to separate the sweet pulp from the natural water extracted from fruits. Of course, if you add water to the recipe, there's a higher chance of the kids sucking the fruit out of the water, but in general, it's not easy to do.
Personally, my biggest criticism about homemade popsicles, is the texture. I prefer the smoother, Super Pop-esque texture. I don't really care for the icicly texture of fruit juice bars...
I recently made a banana paleta. The recipe was...
- 2 bananas
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp dark rum or bourbon
- pinch of nutmeg
I tried it, and it was just way too sweet and alcoholic. At most, 1 tbsp of alcohol is enough for 2 bananas, unless the alcohol is the star of the show.
Also, I think the sugar is probably unnecessary if you're using overripe (speckled on the outside, powdery on the inside) bananas - which I did...
If you're using bananas that are simply ripe, maybe 1 tbsp on sugar at most.
The discouraging part of all this is how all the recipes are gonna be subjective, so something that's gonna be just right for the person making the recipe, might be too sweet for someone else. Not to mention all the other variables (size of banana, ripeness, etc). And even if you taste the puree, it's hard to estimate how it's gonna balance out when it freezes. A lot of trial and error involved...