It’s that time of month again and I have been invited to join in the challenge by The Food Art Project on Instagram. The theme of the challenge is Popsicles. I had never made popsicles before or shot them and I definitely wanted to think of something that would be worth all the melting stress.
These Dragon Fruit and Coconut Creamsicles contain no sugar, no gluten and no dairy. Their vibrant color will steal your heart and they feature all the best of tropical flavors.
For the first time in a long time, I managed to create a photo JUST like I imagined it! This is the most satisfying part of being an artist… To materialize visions or dreams from your mind and share them with the world. It’s like opening a window for the public to look into your soul.
Working with a frozen subject in the summer, in Egypt was quite challenging as you might imagine. Everything had to be laid out perfectly in anticipation of the super-star tray to come in and claim center stage. I had to cool my studio with the A/C and had the tray sit in the freezer for a couple of hours before shooting. ❄
I must have bought all the popsicle molds in the country and returned them to their vendors because they were just not good enough. My parents were in on holiday in Europe and I thought of ordering a mold online and shipping it to their address in Europe, then have them bring it over to me in Egypt! I did.. And God bless my dad.. It was his last day in Cyprus (mom had returned to Egypt before he did) and he was leaving to the airport when he thought of calling the courier to check if there was a package waiting to be delivered. The courier said that there was no package in his name. 10 minutes after that, the courier office called him back and said that indeed there was a package waiting! He ran to the couriers’ office which was coincidentally right next to where he was and picked up the popsicle mold for me, because the courier wouldn’t have been able to deliver in time before his flight. If I win this challenge, I will have to thank my dad for it! ❤️
The colored popsicle sticks were a whole other hassle as well. Hehehehe.. 😅
I first ordered them online because I had no idea where else to find them. The first time, I received medical tongue depressors!! Which are much bigger than popsicle sticks and would not fit into the mold slits. When I discovered the colored ones, I ordered them; thinking they would definitely have to be popsicle sticks (and that they would also add a cool color to the final photo). Would you believe me if I told you that I received rainbow colored medical tongue depressors??! Yes! That’s exactly what I got. In my last attempt at ordering them, I finally got colored popsicle sticks! 🙏🏽
Hassle? Yes!! Would I do it all again for the love of what I do? A B S O L U T E L Y !
Now for the recipe… 😅
- You will need (makes 6-8 popsicles):
- A popsicle mold and sticks
- 2 pink dragon fruit (you can get them from Hygiene if you are in Egypt)
- 2/3 cup coconut cream
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- Shredded coconut flakes for garnish
- Cut the dragon fruit in half and scoop out the flesh into a blender.
- Add the honey and blend well until smooth.
- Very gently warm up the coconut cream in a small saucepan just until it becomes liquid.
- Add the vanilla extract to the coconut cream and stir well.
- Pour the dragon fruit puree into your popsicle molds and top off with a couple of tablespoons of coconut cream in each popsicle cavity.
- Insert the sticks and freeze for 6 hours or overnight .
- Once frozen and set, you can take your popsicles out and garnish the tops with some shredded coconut flakes for a snowy mountain top finish.
The first attempt was just greek yogurt and a pink pitaya powder in sweetened water. They didn’t give me the color and look I was going for. But then, I got some actual pink dragon fruit from Hygiene Egypt and the result was astoundingly better! Enjoy!