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Striped Juice Pops

This juice pops recipe will remind you of a drink from your neighborhood juice bar. I came up with the combination for a party celebrating the birthday of a friend’s daughter. My friend likes to give her kids healthy sweets, and this pop was a natural. It is also her daughter’s favorite color scheme.–Charity Ferreira

LC We Know What You’re Thinking

Tell us if this sounds familiar. You saw these stunning stripe-y juice pops, clicked on the image, didn’t even bother reading the headnote but rushed straight to the recipe so you could jot down the ingredients that you need from the store…then you saw beet and carrot juice and thought “What the…?!” We know. Just hold on a sec. We swear, what really comes through in these pops, color aside, is the sweetness of these vegetables rather than any sort of lingering vegetal-ness. Truly. What you get are striped juice pops that are magnificently sweet, unconscionably healthful, and altogether lovely. You’ll see.

Striped Juice Pops Recipe

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  • 30 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • Makes 6 pops

Ingredients

  • For the watermelon-beet juice
  • 1 1/2 pounds watermelon (in case you take a ruler to the store, this equates to a rind-on wedge about 5 inches by 4 inches), preferably seedless
  • 2 tablespoons red beet juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons agave nectar (preferably light, not dark, agave) or runny honey
  • For the carrot-apple juice
  • 1 cup carrot juice
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons agave nectar (preferably light, not dark, agave) or runny honey

Directions

  • 1. To make the juice pops, cut the watermelon flesh from the rind and roughly chop it, removing any seeds. Place it in a blender and process until liquefied. Pour the watermelon mush through a fine-mesh strainer into a small bowl, pressing the pulp with a flexible spatula to extract as much juice as possible. Discard the solids. You should have about 1 cup of watermelon juice. Stir in the beet juice, lime juice, and agave or honey.
  • 2. In another bowl, stir together the carrot juice, apple juice, lime juice, and agave or honey.
  • 3. Pour the watermelon mixture into a measuring cup and fill each popsicle mold about a quarter full. Insert sticks and freeze until set, about 30 minutes.
  • 4. Fill each mold another quarter of the way full with the carrot juice mixture. Return to the freezer and freeze until set, 30 to 45 minutes.
  • 5. Repeat once more with each juice mixture to make 4 layers total. Freeze until firm, at least 6 hours or up to overnight.
  • 6. To unmold the pops, run hot water over the outsides of the molds for a few seconds, then gently tug on the sticks.
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