Monday, June 15, 2015

Lumpy Space Princess Popsicles for "Adventure Time"

"Oh my glob, you guys, it's so hot out here my lumps are melting!"

         Lumpy Space Princess is one of my favorite characters from "Adventure Time" (voiced by AT creator Pendleton Ward) because she's a saturation of sass with a kind heart buried under all of those glorious lumps! I wanted to create something simple but yummy inspired by her and came up with these creamy berry popsicles. I hope you lumpin' enjoy them! They're fresh to death!

Note: I used my Zoku Quick Pop Maker, but you can totally use a traditional/regular popsicle mold that goes in the freezer, no problem! And as I said, I wanted to make something simple, but if you'd like to put a little more detail on the faces check out a couple of ideas I mention at the end of the recipe below.


LSP Creamy Berry Popsicles
(adapted from 2 recipes in the Zoku Quick Pops recipe book)

Ingredients:
1 1/2 Cup Fresh Blueberries
1/2 Cup Fresh Blackberries
3/4 Cup Half & Half
1/4 Cup Milk
~4 oz. Vanilla Pudding (1 snack container-worth)
1 Heaping Tbsp. Sweetened Condensed Milk
3 Tbsp. Sugar
2 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 Mango
~1/3 Cup Black Candy Melts
Ice Cubes

Important Items:
Blender or Food Processor
Fine Mesh Strainer
Tiny Star Cutter, 1/2" diameter
Fruit Wand or Faceplate Tool or Tweezers or Popsicle Stick (if using a Zoku Quick Pop Maker)
Styrofoam Block (for popsicles made from a regular freezer mold) or Storage Case (for Zoku Popsicles)
Candy Decorating Bag or Squeeze Bottle

Directions:
1. In a blender or food processor, puree the berries with the half & half & then strain the mixture into a cup or bowl. Rinse out the blender or processor & pour the berry mixture back in & add the milk, pudding, condensed milk, sugar, melon juice, & vanilla & blend until well combined.
2. If you have a Zoku Quick Pop Maker: In a small bowl, pour a little cold water & add a dash of lemon juice. Slice the mango into a couple of 1/8" thick slices & then cut out at least 6 little stars & put them into the lemon water. Remove the Zoku from the freezer &, using the fruit wand, character faceplate, tweezers, or a popsicle stick, press 1 star onto 1 side of each mold about 1/4" from the bottom (what will be the top of the finished popsicle) & the coldness will make it stick (it should stick to the mold almost instantly). Place the sticks into the mold.
3. According to your popsicle mold directions, place the sticks & pour the purple mixture into the molds & freeze. For Zoku popsicles: Place the finished pops upright in the Zoku storage case & place it in the freezer. If you have a regular popsicle mold: Once the pops are completely frozen & are able to be removed from the mold, pour a little cold water & add a dash of lemon juice into a small bowl. Slice the mango into a couple of 1/8" thick slices & then cut out at least 6 little stars & place them into the lemon water. Removing 1 pop at a time, place a mango star onto the front about 1/4" down from the top & hold it still until it freezes in place, & then place the pop upright in the styrofoam block. Do this to all of the pops & keep the styrofoam block with the upright popsicles int the freezer.
4. Melt the black candy melts in a small bowl in the microwave at 30 second intervals & then pour into a candy decorating bag snipped with a small opening or a candy squeeze bottle. Let sit for a minute to cool off slightly so it's not too runny, but not long enough to get solid again. Fill a plate or shallow bowl with ice &, 1 at a time, remove a popsicle from the freezer & lay it on top of the ice, star-side up. Use the candy melt to draw an LSP face (just Google "Lumpy Space Princess face"), using a toothpick to help if necessary, & then quickly put the popsicle back in the freezer. Repeat this for all of the popsicles & you're all done!
Suggestion: If you want to make a really intense LSP, melt a few red candy melts & use a toothpick to dab a ring of dots onto the popsicle to create her amazingly sexy lips! You can also use teeny dots of white candy melt for eye highlights & teeth.


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