RED Hearts: Pops are Tops

popsicle_moldRED Hearts are guest posts on I Heart Daily from the authors of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today. Today’s RED Hearts post is from RED author Emily-Nicole Johns, 25, in Brooklyn, NY who knows her way around a frozen treat:

Growing up in the south, popsicles were a serious summer staple. The sound of the ice cream truck would have my neighborhood crew running from all corners.

Now as an adult, when the summer temperature starts rising, all I can think about making is my favorite bit of nostalgia on a stick. Frozen treat technology has advanced since the '80s, and with products like the Zoku Quick Pop Maker, popsicles are super simple to concoct. But I still like to keep it simple with a classic popsicle mold (pictured).  Here are two recipes sure to bring out your inner, popsicle-loving kid spirit!

Orange Creamsicles Ingredients: 8 oz. orange juice 2 1/2 cups vanilla ice cream 1 tablespoon orange zest 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions: Blend together the orange juice, ice cream and zest until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds, leaving the top 1/4 empty. Using a whisk, whip the heavy whipping cream until soft peaks form. You want it just firm enough that it won't too quickly seep into the other liquid. Spoon the whipped cream on top of the creamsicles, add popsicle sticks and freeze overnight.

Minty Watermelon Fizz Pops Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups pureed watermelon (3 cups watermelon, diced) 1 tablespoon of fresh mint, thinly sliced 2 cups coconut water 1 cup sparkling white grape juice

Directions: Pour the sparkling grape juice into a measuring cup and allow to settle for at least 5 minutes (to reduce the bubbles). In a blender, puree sliced watermelon pieces. Stir together the watermelon and the coconut water. Add the sliced mint and sparkling grape juice, and stir into the watermelon mixture. Fill each popsicle mold, leaving about 1/4 inch of space from the top (the liquid will expand slightly as it freezes).

RED Hearts guest poster Emily-Nicole Johns is an author of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today, which is out in paperback.