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Homemade ice pops are one of the easiest ways to beat the heat, and here we share our recipe using two of our favourite flavours - mango and strawberry. Not only is the flavour combination a winner, but the bold and vibrant colour combination demands summer sunshine!
The key to getting homemade ice pops to actually taste of the fruit its made with is to use ripe and flavourful fruit in concentrated amounts. I've used Alphonso mangoes in the recipe below, and if you're lucky enough to be able to get some, they really are one of the sweetest and most flavourful mangoes out there. As for the strawberries, it's hard to do better than a British strawberry when they're in season - succulent and sweet.
I love summer treats for their ease and simplicity, and ice pops are one of my favourites. Freezing treats made from natural ingredients is a lot less effort than baking something involving multiple ingredients, and it is certainly a lot less heat producing - a welcome result for all of us on a hot summer's day.
You can choose to layer the flavours of your homemade ice pops either horizontally or vertically. I've gone for vertically here using my favourite Zoku ice pop mould, so you get a taste of mango and strawberry with each bite.
And if you have children who are at all reluctant about eating enough fruit in their diet, these mango and strawberry homemade ice pops provide the perfect solution - everything tastes better when frozen on a lolly stick! You might also feel better knowing that these have no added sugar.
So the next time you're tempted to buy ice pops from the shop, buy the whole fruit instead, and make your own at home.
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