Rainbow Whole-Fruit Ice Pops

January 20, 2014
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Rainbow Whole-Fruit Ice Pops

Sitting on the concrete floor of my mother’s friend’s flowershop I sorted and searched through the little plastic pieces for the right colour. Pop, pop, pop the little pegs broke through black paper, twinkling as they released the light.

I followed the Lite Brite patterns until I used them all up and started making up my own designs — swirls and zig-zags and 5-year-old interpretations of trees — from the little points of colour.

Rainbow Whole-Fruit Ice Pops

And then a question, asked casually and without pressure, that would open a whole other world.

“Oh J”, called from across the room, “do you know about the colour wheel?”

Within moments of those six coloured pegs being arranged in a circle on the back-lit board my young life changed.

Rainbow Whole-Fruit Ice Pops

Red and yellow made orange, yellow and blue made green, blue and red made purple and then all again.

It was at once completely logical, yet entirely magical, and from that point on everything existed as a rainbow (or if it didn’t I tried my hardest to make it so).

Rainbow Whole-Fruit Ice Pops

A pastel rainbow painted by hand stretching from the decorative princess window over my bed across the wall to the doorway, Crayons and pencils re-orgainsed in their packs into perfect rainbows. Later, clothes on shelves and hanging bars organised first by item then by colour (starting with red and ending with purple before the pinks, whites, greys, browns and blacks filed in).

Rainbow anything and everything because it was pretty and made me happy.

Rainbow Whole-Fruit Ice Pops

Now of course I also adore rainbow food however most of it is pretty scary. I brainstorm all the time about how I could make rainbow cakes and pancakes and bread using natural colours, last year I even managed to make a rainbow of Natural Food-Based Easter Egg Dyes.

So when popsicles came up as a SABH theme, tackling the rainbow was a given.

Rainbow Whole-Fruit Ice Pops

Sydney is seriously lacking in decent popsicle moulds and so off I went to search the internets. These very traditional ones are on their way now and are bound to produce a few more creations over the rest of the summer, but it was these plastic tube ice pops that really got me thinking.

Both mad science and the creative distraction gene feature heavily around here, so it should be no surprise that out came the heat sealer (don’t ask why I have a heat sealer, just accept it and move on, it’s safer for everyone that way) and the zip top bags, and before I knew it there were a small army of long plastic tubes marching across the benchtop.

Rainbow Whole-Fruit Ice Pops

As for the fillings, while they aren’t quite a pure rainbow — blue turned a lovely deep lavender (Blueberry Coconut); white/pale pink ended up orangey-tan (White Nectarine & Lychee) and moved way up the rainbow; the intended orange pop turned out quite yellow (Mango & Orange) bridging the gap between red and green; and black was closer to a dark red than a dark purple (Spiced Plum & Black Cherry) — they certainly are lovely none the less.

I would be perfectly happy with any of these as large popsicles, straight-up fruit or with a boozy adults-only twist, but there is something terribly fun about the little tubes, wouldn’t you agree?

Rainbow Whole-Fruit Ice Pops

Oh, just in case you are wondering, my closet is still colour coordinated in rainbow order, as are all the spools of thread in my sewing box. Hey, a bit of OCD never hurt anyone — especially when it makes everything pretty.


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81 Responses to Rainbow Whole-Fruit Ice Pops

  1. Deepa @onesmallpot on January 20, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    I love this insight into your (slightly wacky) rainbow life! And I could like 10 of these on a Summers day.

    • JJ on January 24, 2014 at 10:36 pm

      haha slightly wacky is a pretty good way to describe my life in general ;D

  2. Anna on January 20, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    I looooovvvveee these! The colours and fruit combos are so bright and vibrant! And I want those plastic Zipzicles! But I would have to borrow your heat sealer! Well done with this pops JJ!

    • JJ on January 24, 2014 at 10:35 pm

      Thanks Anna! Your girls would go crazy for them.

  3. My Kitchen Stories on January 20, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Just gorgeous JJ both the photos and the flavours. You are a clever girl indeed. Long shall the rainbow rule!

    • JJ on January 24, 2014 at 10:36 pm

      yes, rainbows for all!

  4. Liz @ I Spy Plum Pie on January 20, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Love it JJ! My wardrobe is in colour order as well, I like the way it looks and I swear it makes it easier to find things! All these popsicles sound delicious, such perfect flavour combos (and I especially love the adults only options for each!)

    • JJ on January 24, 2014 at 10:36 pm

      It does make things easier ;D

  5. Sarah | The Sugar Hit on January 20, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    These remind me so much of the ice pops we used to buy at the tuckshop in Primary School! Those were good times. They were called Zooper Dupers for some reason.

  6. Swah on January 20, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    A rainbow of fruity ice pops, wonderful!! They look delicious and I am impressed the amount of effort you went to for all those flavours!!

  7. Nic on January 20, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Great idea, they look yum! I haven’t joined in this month as I don’t have moulds. It’s a shame I’m not as creative as you as I do of course have a food saver!

    • JJ on January 24, 2014 at 10:37 pm

      of course you do ;D

  8. Kyrstie @ A Fresh Legacy on January 20, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    These are fabulous and so is the idea of a heat sealer :-) A gorgeously colorful post. I love it!

  9. vegeTARAian on January 20, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Wowser, so pretty! I can see those adult versions making a very fun dinner party treat.

    • JJ on January 24, 2014 at 10:37 pm

      thanks and yes, definitely!

  10. Sara | Belly Rumbles on January 20, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    That is so you, totally adore your colour wheel story. Gorgeous pops JJ, tasty sounding too.

  11. Emilie@TheCleverCarrot on January 20, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    These whole-fruit ice pops are absolutely brilliant! They remind me of my childhood (Lite Brite too!) But your version is obviously SO much better. Great flavor combinations! Yum :)

  12. Annie @ The Random Foodie on January 20, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    i used to love these when i was a kid. used to order them all the time at the canteen. wonder if they’re still around?

  13. Tina @ bitemeshowme on January 21, 2014 at 9:10 am

    absolutely loving these fresh fruit pop ideas! so perfect for summer!

  14. Alison on January 21, 2014 at 10:23 am


  15. Helen on January 21, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Some awesome flavours here!! Your popsicles are so inspiring, I’m glad I fell into your blog and SABH in December :) *new fan*

    • JJ on January 24, 2014 at 10:38 pm


  16. Helen (Grab Your Fork) on January 21, 2014 at 11:01 am

    These sound amazing. And such a great idea to heat-seal your own tubes!

  17. Claire @ Claire K Creations on January 21, 2014 at 11:42 am

    JJ I think you have outdone yourself. These are magnificent! Now I want to go and order all the moulds too. Don’t worry I have a heat sealer/cryovac machine. It’s one of my most-used appliances.

    • JJ on May 22, 2014 at 10:37 am

      Some how that doesn’t surprise me Claire ;)

  18. Laura (Tutti Dolci) on January 21, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Gorgeous pops, I love the brilliant hues and refreshing flavors!

  19. Brenda Hayes on January 21, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Wow, memories. …and so beautiful. Nice work.

  20. Hotly Spiced on January 21, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    How clever you are. I love the variety of flavours and how good for you all of these are but most of all, I’m super-impressed that you were able to make the little tubes and seal them all. Something else for my wish-list! xx

  21. dina on January 22, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    i love love love ice pops. these are so great!

  22. Tania @ The Cook's Pyjamas on January 23, 2014 at 12:10 am

    These are fantastic JJ. I’m loving your flavour combinations. And I am am crushing on your heat sealer (big time).

    • JJ on January 26, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks Tania! I have to giggle at how many people have said they have or want a sealer ;D

  23. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef on January 23, 2014 at 1:11 am

    Now why didn’t I think about using those bags and make tubes. I have one of those machines too. Brilliant!!! I’m going to make some tomorrow.

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  25. G on January 30, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    These look delicious!!
    But why use plastic???!?!?!?!?!

    • Londa on January 31, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      I just bought some ice pop molds from amazon and love them. Put in search icon, silicone ice pop molds, they are wonderful! One time buy!

  26. Sue/the view from great island on February 14, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    This post is just enchanting! The longer I blog, the more I find I’m obsessed with the colors of food, I am definitely going to try these!

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    Can’t get any better! We have added link to the page from our FB page.

    P.S – Our favorite is Mango and Orange

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  35. Kars on May 14, 2014 at 11:20 am

    This reminded me of one of the popular summer treats that we have here in the Philippines – ice candy.
    Here, usual flavors are:
    ~ buko (made with young coconut meat)
    ~ red mung beans
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    ~ mango
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    • JJ on May 22, 2014 at 10:39 am

      What great flavour combos! I’ll have to try some one day :)

  36. Emily {Rainbow Delicious} on May 15, 2014 at 5:31 am

    Wow, these are so beautiful! I just ordered some zipsicle baggies so I can make some with my kids soon. Thanks!

    • JJ on May 22, 2014 at 10:39 am

      That’s great, have fun!

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  42. Katie @ 24 Carrot Life on May 22, 2014 at 3:01 am

    These are gorgeous and I literally just had a craving for ice pops the other day but thought about all the yucky ingredients the ones I used to eat as a kid probably have in them!

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    Instead of using disposable non-biodegradable plastic, we use these reusable molds and they’re fantastic! http://www.amazon.com/Silicone-Maker-Molds-Free-Popsicle/dp/B00D9HQ30W/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1400697321&sr=1-2&keywords=popsicle+molds

    Healthy for you and the environment!

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      Yes! I saw these after I did the post but hadn’t ever trailed them myself, good to hear you like them – now added :)

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    It’s summer here and I want all of them NOW! Luckily you shared the recipes so I can make my own :) how lucky I am!

  52. Chelsea on June 21, 2014 at 10:54 am

    I absolutely loved these! Thank you so much for the recipes! I doubled all of them and did half with alcohol and half without for a college graduation party tomorrow (I tried them frozen in a ice cube tray). I made all of them except the Nectarine and Lychee (had to travel too far to get Lychee) and the Pineapple Ginger (there wasn’t a good substitute for sparkling water and I worried with the ice pop bags I was using that the “sparkle” would burst the bags.)

    Since I was making them for a party I needed a disposable idea. I would highly suggest to anyone who doesn’t have a heat sealer to look at ice pop bags. The best brand I could find was a company that originated from Denmark (but sold from the US) The brand was Schur, a pretty common ice company. I ordered mine really cheap over ebay. 120 for 7.00. No BPA. The zipsicles are so expensive! And hard to fill. But other ice pop bags are made in China and I would be careful with them.


    This is a video on how to fill a Schur Ice pop bag, I used a turkey baster, because the stuff I was using was not just juice but pureed fruit.

    The ice pop bags also fit exactly 1 1/2 cups of liquid.

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