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Strawberry + Papaya Popsicles

Summer is in full effect and I’m already over it simply waiting for Fall; for the past three weeks it has rained at least once every day!

Hey everyone! So today we’re cooling down with a popsicle; Summer is in full effect and I’m already over it simply waiting for Fall; for the past three weeks it has rained at least once every day! On the flip side, I do love the abundance of fruit summer supplies and instead of heating up my apartment, I decided to cool it down with a beautiful and refreshing midday summer treat.

Strawberry + Papaya Popsicles || The Crowded Kitchen

I love strawberries in case you haven’t been able to tell from this blog and I’m trying different combinations with different fruit. At first for this post I was going to combine it with mango, but I’ve made that type of recipe, even if not on the blog, so many times I decided to switch it up. I went from mango, to apricot to papaya and the end result was great. Papaya does have its own flavor but people are very subjective to that flavor and strawberries add something positive to that flavor to make it all work out.

Strawberry + Papaya Popsicles || The Crowded Kitchen

Strawberry + Papaya Popsicles || The Crowded Kitchen

There are only 4 ingredients in this popsicle, and if we’re being technical it’s more of a paleta than a popsicle. There’s only strawberries, papaya, sugar and lemon in this popsicle and the sugar is totally optional. You’re basically blending fruit, freezing it – that’s it – which is amazing because how much more seasonal and fresh can you get?

Strawberry + Papaya Popsicles || The Crowded Kitchen

By way of sweetening this popsicle I chose the simple syrup route, it’s better than corn syrup because it’s homemade and fresh and it’s better than having regular granulated sugar so we don’t have little bits of crystallized sugar in our mouth when we’re eating your popsicle.

I also added lemon, first – because I love berries and lemon together and second – because I wanted to even out the sweetness that the natural fruit gives and the sweetness of the simple syrup by tarting the simple syrup with lemons. Trust me it all sounds confusing but you need some sweetness for the fruit pop because papaya doesn’t really have any and you need the tartness to offset some of the coin sweetness strawberries can give; now all this being said if you feel the strawberries will combat the lack of sweetness of the papaya and vice versa all by themselves without the help of simple syrup then go ahead and leave out that step.

Strawberry + Papaya Popsicles || The Crowded Kitchen

Strawberry + Papaya Popsicles || The Crowded Kitchen

Last but not least, the size of the popsicle! These aren’t huge popsicles, I got these popsicle molds from IKEA for $2 USD! They make 6 small to medium size popsicles and that’s enough for my apartment, if you have those professional molds then I suggest doubling or even tripling this recipe, because those tend to be on the large side.

Strawberry + Papaya Popsicles || The Crowded Kitchen

Ta-Ta-For-Now: well that’s all on my end, this post is short and simple because this recipe is short and simple, it’s so easy it’s basically just blending up fruit and two exotic fruits at that! You’re on vacation in your kitchen at your house and the weather outside doesn’t matter, which is good because the weather outside my apartment sucks! Screw you raining season!

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Strawberry + Papaya Popsicles

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