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Three Ingredient Grapefruit Popsicles/ Paletas

Three Ingredient Grapefruit Popsicles / Paletas

Back in the spring of 2003, I embarked on my first solo international flight headed to Siena, Italy by way of Florence, by way of Bologna. I must have had a ‘vision’ for what backpacking abroad looked like because my first-ever eBay purchase was the largest red backpack, made for a man. It weighed roughly 25 pounds empty and was approximately three-quarters the length of my body.

I remember my mother urging me to purchase a more practical piece of luggage: something with wheels. But wheels just didn’t fit my vision. Only months later did I realize that visions and reality are not always aligned. A lot of mistakes were made on that trip — like that time I spent the night at an airport and left a bottle of nice wine on the floor rather than drinking it. Or that time I threw out my spare set of sheets due to airline weight limits (but kept some bulky sweaters that were completely unnecessary in the summer months in Europe). That trip remains one of the best experiences of my life.

Surprisingly, I didn’t lose weight carrying 70+ pounds on my back for three months, I gained. I spent too much time in Paris and not enough in Barcelona. It was a hot summer and I lived in a pair of elastic-waisted linen pants I picked up at an open air market near my apartment. To this day, I believe those pants are what dreams are made of. I dressed them up, dressed them down, and most importantly, stretched them out. Thankfully, I ‘invested’ in several pairs and only now wish I’d exported a hundred.

Three Ingredient Grapefruit Popsicles/ Paletas

Summer in Europe is quite the experience; it’s bursting at the seams with tourists but, at least when I was there, it had this energy. I remember never being tired. Several months in, the last leg of our journey brought us to my hometown of Moscow. We spent a few days in the city and then a few days at my grandparents’ dacha, where, I kid you not, we slept more than we were awake. A walk through the forest, a visit to a couple of countryside monasteries, and a lot of grilling out, reading, and bantering. It was the last time I saw my grandmother as the person she was most of her life, and not the person she became when Alzheimer’s took its toll. I digress. Summer in Europe.

I vividly remember wandering the enormous market in Barcelona, amazed at the gluttony of fresh fruit and juices. Even being from California, I was impressed. We only spent a few days there, and I found myself buying juice after juice. The recent drought in California has left me feeling a bit confused about the seasons, but one thing is for certain, the winter citrus has been killing it. I can’t resist buying Cara Cara oranges, ruby red grapefruits, and clementines by the bagful. Not to mention, on lucky occasions when my parents stop by, I am always left with a basket of oranges from their tree.

These three ingredient popsicles are just that: all you need is a popsicle mold. Transport yourself to wherever it is you’re dreaming of.

Three Ingredient Grapefruit Popsicles/ Paletas

Three Ingredient Grapefruit Popsicles/ Paletas
*makes 8 popsicles
adapted from this recipe

1 cup of sugar
1 cup of water
1 teaspoon of grapefruit zest
2 cups of freshly-squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice
2 tablespoons of freshly-squeezed lemon juice

1. Add the sugar, water, and grapefruit zest to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the burner and set aside for a few minutes.
2. Stir in the grapefruit and lemon juice. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve. Let cool.
3. Divide the mixture among popsicle molds and freeze for at least four hours, or until solid.

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Posted by Kasey

Kasey is the food editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. She loves dark chocolate, warm crusty bread, and traveling to new places. She speaks Russian, but does not like vodka.

  • These sound SO good. also ps your parents have an orange tree. !! amazing.

  • Yes! It is pretty fantastic. I have a huge bag – I feel like we’ve been making orange juice every day since Saturday 🙂

  • Shana

    I know this is crazy I have one of those moulds and how does one get the lolly sticks to stand up?
    I did use cling film, but felt I was missing a trick.

  • Hi Shana,

    Our popsicle mold has a cover with little slits for the sticks. I believe most molds come with the lid that keeps them in place. Hope that helps!

  • I can’t resist these, I am planning to make a grapefruit ice cream soon and these are just whetting my appetite!

  • It’s finally sunny here (and will be in the 60s at the weekend!) and this has made me super-excited about summer and makes me want to spend as much of it as I possibly can travelling and exploring Europe (which, frankly, I often neglect as one tends to do with places that are near to home). This post was such a welcome blast of summer sun this morning!

  • Kate Ramos

    These look so refreshing! I still remember these incredible white grapefruit we got at a roadside stand off I-5 one time on our way to LA. They were the most juicy, fragrant, sweet grapefruit I’ve ever had…….oh, how I miss CA citrus.

  • Grapefruit ice cream sounds wonderful!

  • I saw your beautiful Instagrams – I wish I could hop over to London for a little ice cream break with you 🙂

  • Oh yes, nothing beats California citrus, that is for sure.

  • Kasey, isn’t traveling the best! I always stretch the way I see the world, my self, my taste buds. I’m so wanting to hop on a plane these days! Now if only I had a pair of your dream pants.
    I’ve had popsicles on my mind lately too and we have been having a serious citrus fest over here… you must have read my mind;)
    I bet your little girlie loves the pops…

  • I have a major itch to travel these days…those stretches in between, I spend pinning 🙂 We really must get together after all this talk. Maybe over popsicles? x

  • Yes! Let’s get together soon. I’m not sure what your days are like… I’d be happy to pop over to the city to grab a coffee, or you’re welcome to bring your cute girl to Berkeley.

  • Karen

    These inspired me to order the popsicle mold, and I returned home from a mini-vacation to find them waiting for me at the door. Next stop, farmer’s market for the grapefruit, though I’m in South Florida and grapefruit season passed months ago. No matter, they’ll be some measure of delicious anyway I’m certain.

  • Karen

    Update: made these for my husband’s surprise birthday party. I also made a spectacular carrot cake (it’s the recipe that is spectacular), but I’m posting this because every popsicle was eaten and I saw one guy take two. The recipe actually made 10 for me. I’m making more today so I can try one. My adult son said he’s going to make them in ice cube trays so he can “impress the ladies” at his parties. And, I have no doubt he WILL impress the ladies with this very simple but poppin’ recipe.

  • Cindy

    love the music choice

  • Kelly

    I love the look of these popsicles and want to try the recipe. Where did you get the mold? Love the rustic look and that they can be made with a stick. thanks!

  • Hi Kelly, I got mine on Amazon!

  • Thanks, Cindy!

  • That is so great — always glad when I can help someone impress the ladies 🙂

  • Awesome, Karen!!

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