I live in the
State of Georgia which is known as the Peach State. When we first moved to
Atlanta I couldn't believe how many streets were named "Peachtree". I come to
find out that there are at least 71 streets in Atlanta that are named
"Peachtree", which can be confusing. Anyways, Georgians like peaches
and one dessert I like to make with fresh peaches is these icy cold Frozen Peach
Pops. This is actually a peach sorbet on a stick. They are just to thing to
enjoy on a hot and humid summer's day. And we have plenty of those in Georgia.
It's interesting that the frozen fruit
pop was invented by accident. The story goes that Frank Epperson had made a
glass of lemonade and, by chance, left the glass,
with a spoon in it, on his windowsill overnight. It was a cold night, and next morning he
discovered that the lemonade was frozen. To remove the
frozen lemonade from the glass, he held on to the spoon and ran the glass
under hot water. Looking at the frozen block of lemonade he decided he had
invented something new. So he
got a patent on what he called an "Epsicle" which he eventually sold to the Joe Lowe
Corporation who renamed the frozen fruit on a
stick the "Popsicle".
These Frozen Peach
Pops are so easy to make. Just make a sugar syrup and stir it into pureed
peaches, along with some Prosecco. I like to
add a little Prosecco (Sparkling Wine) for several reasons. First, the
alcohol prevents the peach sorbet from freezing too solid. Secondly, the
bubbles lighten the texture of the sorbet. And lastly, it adds a lot of
flavor. If you don't want to add Prosecco you could use a Sparkling
Water or even a fruit juice (lemonade, orange juice, apple juice, etc.).
you want to just make a Peach Sorbet, instead of placing the mixture in
popsicle molds, just chill the mixture and then churn in your ice cream
Peach Pops: Place the sugar and water in a small
saucepan and bring to a boil. Let the mixture boil for about one minute or
until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. The sugar syrup can be made,
covered, and stored in the refrigerator
for a couple of weeks.
Next, wash and cut
the peaches into large chunks. Place
in the bowl of your food processor or blender and process until they are
pureed. Add the sugar syrup
and Prosecco and pulse to combine. Pour the mixture into your
popsicle molds (Available on Amazon) and freeze for about 6-8 hours (or overnight)
or until frozen.
Makes about 8
Frozen Peach Pops
(depending on the size of your molds). Preparation time 15 minutes
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