Mexican Chile Pops

Mexican Chile Pops

Mexican Chile Pops

Before my last post, Adobo Grilled pork and Esquite Stuffed Onions, I went to a small Latin market to shop for chiles. I knew our grocery store would have ancho chiles, but I wasn’t sure about the dried pasillas. Plus, I love these kind of markets! They always have such wondrous diversity and great deals!

After wondering around, dreaming of the infinite possibilities with the unique ingredients piled high on shelves, I found exactly what I needed and headed to the resister. In front of the counter was a freezer case filled with Mexican popsicles. The kiddos looked up at me with pleading eyes. It was a hot day after all, and there were so many to choose from! I started reading the flavors to the kids…coconut, pineapple, tamarind, lime, watermelon, banana, sour orange. Then I saw one simply labeled “Chile.”

Now up to this point I wasn’t craving a popsicle, but I had to know! What would a chile-flavored popsicle taste like? I had that inkling it might be something special! We walked outside and unwrapped our pops.

It was unreal. A delicate medley of cantaloupe, cucumber and lime, with an strong dose of salt and lingering heat from the little flecks of jalapeno throughout the pop. This brilliant amalgamation of sweet, salty, tart, spicy, and cooling flavors was a complete revelation! Wow, was all I could utter. “WOW!”

Clearly, I had to come home and recreate them. The family’s response? My five-year-old repeatedly stated they were, “totally awesome!” The seven-year-old said, “It’s so spicy, but I can’t stop eating it!” And my husband has been telling everyone in sight about them for the last 3 days! You could say they were a hit!

Along with the pops, I made a quick chop salad using the same flavors. My little ones just wouldn’t seem to get enough of this dish either–even with the jalapenos!

I hope you enjoy these sweet and spicy summertime dishes as much as we did!

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Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Mexican Chile Pops

Ingredients:

½ large ripe cantaloupe
1 medium peeled cucumber
Juice of 2 limes
1 tsp. kosher salt
½ cup sugar
1 jalapeño, seeds removed and diced
* I added 2 drops of red food coloring to enhance the color.

Directions:

Roughly chop the cantaloupe and cucumber. Place them in a blender with lime juice, salt and sugar. Puree until smooth. Check the flavor—it should be equally sweet and salty. Add a little more sugar or salt if needed.

Add ½ or all of the jalapeño to the blender. Pulse a few times.

Pour the mixture into small disposable cups. Place the cups in a baking dish and freeze for one hour. Push popsicle sticks into the center of each cup and return to the freezer.

Freeze until solid—about another hour.


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46 Responses to “Mexican Chile Pops”

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    Anna — August 5, 2010 @ 3:57 am

    OMG! Chili pops? It sounds divine. I also love those kind of Markets, the ingredients are so amazing…I found a place called Samosa House here in LA that is a Indian vegetarian restaurant and on the side a market. Oh Boy! It's awesome, so much to choose. The pops are adorable, I loved that you used those cups. Looks great.

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    cookingformark — August 5, 2010 @ 4:04 am

    I love it! I am Mexican and grew up with chile powder on everything from candy to fruit. This is my first visit to your blog and I love it! I will be a regular from now on :)

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    My Kitchen in the Rockies — August 5, 2010 @ 4:46 am

    We have been eating cantaloupe like crazy here. Love the salad and the popsickles are such a wonderful idea. I am a big fan of good Mexican food and like the sweet, salty and spicy combo.

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    Kathy Gori — August 5, 2010 @ 4:46 am

    This looks great! I love chile on anything and this is so tempting.

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    The Cilantropist — August 5, 2010 @ 6:06 am

    Wow this does sound like a revelation! Obviously I need to try these so my world can be officially rocked. :D Thanks so much for sharing, this is really a unique idea!!!

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    PFx — August 5, 2010 @ 8:02 am

    Uuu Aaaa… Yes the salt. I get it.
    Fresh latino flavours in sweet, tart, spicy and slight salty concoction.
    Definitely one of the greatest exotic (for some "homely") treat of the summer. (Ouch! Brainfreeze ;p)

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    denise @ quickies on the dinner table — August 5, 2010 @ 9:08 am

    Genius! Love the sweet,sour, salty and spicy combination! Both the salad and pops are absolute winners in my book and tailor made for summer!

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    Gitte — August 5, 2010 @ 11:10 am

    Love the combination of cantaloupe and cucumbers, sounds absolutely delicious.

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    es65 — August 5, 2010 @ 12:29 pm

    I love making homemade pops. You've put a real twist to making them. So cool!

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    Claudia — August 5, 2010 @ 1:19 pm

    This is so original and scrumptious. Grand use of the melon and all those flavors combined. I have some canteloupe sitting here waiting to be used. Mexican pops,anyone? Or a salad. Cannot decide.

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    doggybloggy — August 5, 2010 @ 2:41 pm

    what a great idea – now if I only had room in my freezer…….

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    Velva — August 5, 2010 @ 2:46 pm

    These popsicles rock. What a creative use of ingredients!

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    lisasfoods — August 5, 2010 @ 2:54 pm

    That sounds so cooling on a hot day. I love that they're a bit spicy, and the seven year old couldn't get enough of them. Did they get watery at all? My only hesitation with making homemade popcicles is that when I made them as a kid, they often tasted a bit watery.

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    Mary — August 5, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

    What a fantastic discovery. These really look like something I have to try. The salad looks wonderful as well. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

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    Marisa — August 5, 2010 @ 4:18 pm

    I love the combination of cool and spicy in the chile pops. I'm sure they were fantastic. Great photos too!

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    Devaki — August 5, 2010 @ 5:08 pm

    Dear Sommer – Chile pops are marvelous and rivaled only by the delicious summer salad. What wonderful flavors!

    You are such a joy in the kitchen – no wonder the kids were looking at you with goo goo eyes :)

    Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

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    Emily Malloy (Ziegler) — August 5, 2010 @ 6:27 pm

    I'm in looooove.

    This is fabulous.

    PS. I needed to see that smiling face ;-)

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    fromBAtoParis — August 5, 2010 @ 7:52 pm

    I will definitely have to take a course with you on chile cooking !! I know NOTHING about this….
    Inspiring pictures !!!

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    julie — August 5, 2010 @ 9:42 pm

    Oh my gosh! that does sound divine! I think i will have to try them out on my kids (and myself as well) and see what the verdict is! Nice find!

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    Baking Barrister — August 6, 2010 @ 12:22 am

    This is something my brother would totally die over. He's picked up the habit of chili powder on his fruit from some of his friends.

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    The Mom Chef — August 6, 2010 @ 3:02 am

    I doubt my daughter will like these, but who cares! We'll go nuts for them and she can have something more "regular." Thanks so much for sharing your find.

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    Stephanie Savors the Moment — August 6, 2010 @ 3:06 am

    I am a fan of all things spicy & those pops sounds amazing! I just signed up to follow your fabulous blog – so glad I found it. Stop by and visit me sometime at http://www.stephaniesavorsthemoment.com! Looking forward to you next delicious post – Cheers!

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    Nirmala — August 6, 2010 @ 3:55 am

    How unique, and I love the sweet, salty, spicy combo.

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    laura — August 6, 2010 @ 4:09 am

    This is so unique and intriguing, Sommer! I want to go get all of the ingredients and make it right now just so I can have the experience. ( : I love it!

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    Andra@FrenchPressMemos — August 6, 2010 @ 5:40 am

    Great inspiration for a summer cooling treat. It looks refreshing and exciting, honestly, unlike any pops I have seen – just creative! And I love that you are not using some crazy ice pop contraption – just disposable cups- easy and simple!

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    Joudie's Mood Food — August 6, 2010 @ 7:29 am

    Definitely a spicy perspective on ice pops. These look so fresh. Cant wait to try them, thanks for the post! LOVE IT!

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    julie — August 6, 2010 @ 11:12 am

    Sommer,

    Thank you so much for the kind words regarding my anniversary! It really meant a lot to me. Have a great weekend!

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    Table Talk — August 6, 2010 @ 12:22 pm

    These are so much fun and perfect for this insanely hot weather!
    This is my first visit to your blog–love what you have here. I look forward to coming back to read more!

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    Foodessa — August 6, 2010 @ 12:44 pm

    Sommer…usually it would be very difficult to convince me on anything packing this kind of heat. I'm really not a fan of chile anything. However, the fact that your young son liked them…it does make me wonder about a probably superb balance of flavours in those frozen treats. I'm not saying I'll do these for sure…I am saying that I will bookmark this recipe so that I can re-think my courage about this kind of heat ;o))

    Ciao for now and have a great weekend,
    Claudia

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    Evan @swEEts — August 6, 2010 @ 5:14 pm

    How creative! I wish I would have seen this recipe before I threw out some too ripe to fully enjoy cantalope!

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    Cajun Chef Ryan — August 6, 2010 @ 5:32 pm

    Oh I bet those spicy cool pops are refreshing!

    Bon appetit!
    =:~)

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    Stella — August 6, 2010 @ 7:17 pm

    Sommer, this is an awesome post! I'm going to try this when I can get all the ingredients organically grown here. Our organic farm opens in like two weeks I think, so…
    By the way, your writing here was really nice. I felt like I was in the store with you about to watch you try the awesomeness (smile)!

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    kelly — August 6, 2010 @ 7:56 pm

    Mmm…love chili lime salt on melon, mango, pineapple — everything. Your pops are a great idea. Love that smiley fruit shot!

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    Biren — August 6, 2010 @ 10:16 pm

    Sounds like an awesome pop. It must be so refreshing!

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    Chef Dennis — August 6, 2010 @ 10:20 pm

    They sound incredible, and I bet my girls would go for them, they do love spicy! I was wondering how it would be as a smoothie too!! My wife on the other hand has a hard time venturing outside of the box….sigh…..now your cucumber cantaloupe salad sounds very very good, I know would enjoy that!

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    Reeni — August 7, 2010 @ 12:09 am

    How positively delicious sounding! And I love that you also made a salad. The fact that your kids loved them is proof enough for me!

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    baking.serendipity — August 7, 2010 @ 4:27 am

    What a great combination of flavors! I love recreating foods for myself…you definitely did an awesome job of it here :)

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    Pacheco Patty — August 7, 2010 @ 4:33 am

    Such a unique frozen dessert, love all the flavors together in your pops, thanks I'll have to try this one!

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    Magic of Spice — August 7, 2010 @ 4:58 am

    The pops look so refreshing, and the salad is gorgeous…sadly I can not eat melons, but I can dream:)

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    Wheels and Lollipops — August 7, 2010 @ 1:04 pm

    The pops look great and what an explosion of flavors. I've made normal melon pops in the past but need to up the 'wow' factor with this recipe.

    I love markets like that, I go crazy and usually come out with everything but what I went in for.

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    Stella — August 7, 2010 @ 3:10 pm

    Hey, I'm back. I just thought to tell you that I dreamed about this combination last night-weird;)

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    Lynn @ I'll Have what She's Having — August 8, 2010 @ 1:03 am

    I'm intrigued by this flavour comibination. I must try!

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    The Bargain Shopper Lady — August 8, 2010 @ 8:38 am

    I love my designer but I'm not sure if she is still designing. I know she could recommend someone if she is not.
    Love your blog!
    ~The Bargain Shopper Lady

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    sweetlife — August 10, 2010 @ 3:24 pm

    you had me at pops, then the flavors..oh your awesome…love all your latin flavors, are we realted..lol

    sweetlife

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    Sanjeeta kk — August 18, 2010 @ 9:27 am

    Excellent click, good recipe. Nice to be here. Kids will love these delicious looking pops. Thanks, best wishes.

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