I haven’t done a popsicle recipe in a while and I will tell you why. A little over a week ago, we took a day trip to Saint Augustine, Florida with only two goals; to let the kids play all day at the two playgrounds and to visit a popsicle shop that my friend has been mooning over. The trip was a huge success. We even threw in some school clothes shopping at the outlet mall.
Pea spent some time chillaxing on the carousel, munching on gold fish.
Pork Chop got to climb on the playground equipment to his heart’s content.
We had a pleasant lunch and an unpleasantly sweaty trek through the town looking for a bank that had moved from a long time location to a new one. It was HOT!
After lunch we stopped for popsicles at The Hyppo. Let me tell you. The huge variety of deliciousness that was on the gourmet popsicle menu put my paltry efforts at popsicles to SHAME. My popsicles are to the Hyppos popsicles as crawfish are to lobsters. I am the little fish in this popsicle contest…that didn’t exist until I went into this shop. Seriously, if you visit St. Augustine you MUST stop here and try one.
I really wanted to try the Riesling Pear Popsicle but then the girl behind the counter told us that of course “the alcohol is removed from the popsicle but it still tastes like Riesling.” So I opted for the coconut popsicle dipped in chocolate. Yes–they dipped the popsicle in chocolate and it was divine.
As a matter of fact, everything looked delicious. If I wasn’t as determined to drop the extra weight I’ve been carrying around my midsection as I am–and if the popsicles weren’t $3.50 each–I would have sampled several. Instead I had my delicious frozen Almond Joy and tasted Pea’s strawberry and Pork Chop’s mango. Though they opted for more “traditional” flavors they were still yummy.
It was a solid blow to my popsicle confidence.
As a matter of fact, the only thing I could think of doing was making one of their popsicles better.
That’s right, after a trip to the farmers market, where I got an obscene number of peaches, I noticed that I had some little bottles of Riesling in the fridge. (who am I kidding? I always have Riesling in the fridge.) I decided to right a wrong and put the alcohol back in the Riesling Popsicle. I did have a couple of pears but Pea had specifically requested them and was not about to let me put it in a popsicle that she wouldn’t be allowed to eat. Besides, it’s peach season.
I’ve left bottles of wine in the freezer chilling a little too long and have seen the consequences so I made sure to put the slices of peach in first, followed by the wine, leaving an inch of space at the top for the wine to expand. Next time I will probably only leave 1/2 an inch space.
I love the little bite of the Riesling. This would be a perfect poolside treat. There isn’t enough wine to actually get you tipsy in one popsicle but there is enough to help you relax!
(Don’t worry. I only made one and the kids will NOT be tasting it.)
I highly recommend The Hyppo. They use fresh fruit, herbs, and sometimes dairy. They use natural ingredients and are a tasty summer treat for sure.