AZ Pops: All-natural ice pops

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AZ Pops has more than 30 flavors of all-natural ice pops, including some just for adults. Owner Pam Raphael shared a couple recipes and talked about a campaign the business is doing to encourage kids to read.

Cucumber Fresh Mint Pops

1# cucumbers
1 cup sugar
2 whole lemons, juiced
1 oz. fresh mint (one bundle)
2 cups water

-Wash cucumbers (do not peal)
-Cut cucumbers into chunks
-Place all ingredients into blender
-Puree well until smooth
-Pour into molds

(If you would like pops to have less pulp, blend cucumbers first, strain, and then place cucumber juice with all ingredients in blender to blend again.)

Strawberry Banana Pops

1# strawberries
2# ripe peeled bananas
2 cups water
1 tbsp. honey

-Stem strawberries
-Slice bananas
-Place in blender
-Blend until smooth
-Pour in molds

(Can leave some chunks of fruit out of blender to place in mold to have texture in your pops.)

AZ Pops
5050 N. 7th St., Phoenix
(NW of Camelback Road and Seventh Street)
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