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Mint Chip Pops

Even though I make these pops in a Zoku maker, you can make any of these recipes in traditional pop makers – each pop here is 2 oz. so adjust accordingly. And if you love pops like me, then do yourself a favor and get a Zoku 🙂 Their recipes turn out fantastic pops – I often skinny them up a bit, but I mostly use their measurements and basic recipe and am always pleased with the results. Though the original recipe does not call for it, I always add a couple of drops of green food coloring – it just tastes more minty if it’s green – hehehe

Mint Chip Pops
Mint Chip Pops

6 servings
159 calories per serving

1 ½ c skim milk
3 T simple syrup (heat equal amounts sugar and water until sugar is all dissolved – cool)
1 t peppermint extract
½ t vanilla extract
Pinch salt
¼ c semi sweet chocolate chips
6 T magic shell (available in the ice cream section of your market)
A few drops of green food coloring (optional)

Whisk together the first 5 ingredients. If you want to chocolate chips in the pops (this method only pertains to pops made in a Zoku) dip the chips in the mint base then using tweezers, place the walls of the mold. Then pour in the mint base and freeze completely (7-9 minutes in the Zoku, 6 hours in the freezer). If desired, add the quick shell by brushing on or watering down a bit and then dipping the pops into the shell – I usually leave mine bare 🙂

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Pom Granita

A granita is a frozen dessert with very much the same consistency of a ‘slushie’. It is a great refreshing dessert. This one uses Pom juice and just a hint of simple syrup to add a bit of sweetener. This is so good for you; it is packed with antioxidants. But the better part is just how wonderful it is – it’s POM WONDERFUL !

Pom Granita
Pom Granita

2 servings
98 calories per serving

8 oz. Pom Wonderful pomegranate juice
1 T simple syrup (or 1 T of Starbucks Classic Syrup)

Place a metal bowl in the freezer to chill. Combine ingredients and pour into the bowl and place in the freezer for 30 – 60 minutes. When ice crystals form on the edges, stir with a fork being sure to pull away all the frozen pieces around the edges and freeze another 2-3 hours stirring every ½ hour. Best to serve right after the initial freeze time, but if f you let it sit overnight, be sure to defrost for 15 minutes or so before serving.

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