After making those watercolor popsicles last month, I’ve been thinking about creating a (semi) similar kind of painterly looking popsicle recipe that doesn’t involve the added step of food coloring. So I played around with some different techniques (shared a sneak peek here) and eventually landed on these ombre grapefruit tangerine pops.
The technique that ended up working the best is actually really easy. Yay! Love it when that happens. So I turned it into a quick tutorial, in case you want to make your own. Here’s what you’ll need…
– Tangerine Italian Soda
– Grapefruit Italian Soda (Whole Foods has a good selection)
*You can also use fruit juices instead, if you prefer.
You’ll Also Need:
– Popsicle Sticks
– Popsicle Mold (mine is from Amazon)
To get an ombre look, use the two Italian sodas (or juices if you prefer) that are in the same(ish) color family. Then pour one of the Italian sodas into the popsicle molds at the desired height. I poured most of mine to the halfway point.
Put the mold in the freezer for about 90 minutes. Then, remove the mold from the freezer and let it sit out for several minutes. The goal is to get it a little bit melty again…mostly frozen, but with some of the liquid melted toward the top.
Once that happens, add the second favor of juice, Italian soda, etc on top. Add popsicle sticks and put the molds back in the freezer until full frozen (about 4 hours).
Remove and enjoy. To loosen the popsicles from the mold when they’re ready to eat, run warm water over the underside of the tray for 20-30 seconds.
Recipe, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
What other flavors do you think would work for these ombre popsicles? I’d love to hear your favorite fruit combinations.