Asia is home to some of the most delicious and interesting desserts. We could just suggest a favorite Asian dessert place, but that’s certainly not as fun as making them yourself!
How about taking classic Asian desserts and turning them into icy cold popsicles? Popsicles are great DIY treats for summer because they’re simple to make, look chic and taste heavenly. Check out five simple recipes for popsicles inspired by Asian desserts.
1. Mango Lassi-sicles : (FOOD 52)
RECIPE: Mango Lassi-sicle
Lassi is a traditional yogurt-based drink that is extremely popular in India. While traditional Lassi is more of a savory drink with flavors of cumin and spices, sweet lassi (such as our mango Lassi) often contain fruit or sugar. Lassi is a simple, yet delicious blend of water, yogurt, spices and fruit. By turning this drink into a popsicle, you will get an icy dessert with a hot kick to finish.
2. Halo- Halo Pops: (Chow)
RECIPE: Halo- Halo Ice Pops
Halo Halo is a very popular Filipino dessert. It is traditionally served as shaved ice with evaporated milk. Variations of mixed fruit, sweet beans and jello are mixed in the shaved ice. With the bright tropical fruit pieces and rainbow jello, this dessert will make for one visually stunning Popsicle. This vibrant dessert will be a creamy and colorfully sweet treat during this summer heat.
3. Vietnamese Iced Coffee Pops : (Wanna Come With?)
RECIPE: Vietnamese Iced Coffee Pops
Traditional Vietnamese iced coffee is unique from other blends of coffee because of its brewing method. Unlike other coffees, Vietnamese coffee uses a drip style method of brewing with a small, metal French drip filter known as a Phin. The coffee then drips into a quarter cup of sweetened condensed milk over ice. After giving it a stir, the drink is ready to go! Taking a fresh twist on this classic drink can make for a deliciously rich dessert.
4. Matcha Popsicles: (Oh, How Civilized)
RECIPE: Matcha Pop
Matcha Green Tea has recently been taking over the food and drink scene, and for good reason! Packed with antioxidants and rich in fiber, this tea powder is a natural method of detox. Originating in China, this powder-based tea has now made its way to America and is here to stay. By adding Matcha powder to condensed milk, you are not only going to get an aromatic sweet flavor in your popsicle, you will also be getting tons of health benefits!
5. Thai Iced Tea Popsicles: (The Sassy Life)
RECIPE: Thai Iced Tea Pops
A popular Thai drink, Thai iced tea is a dessert beverage that uses a strong ceylon tea as its brew. Like many of the other desserts above, thai tea also uses condensed or evaporated milk and sugar. By just pouring these simple ingredients over ice, this flavorful drink is ready to serve. If you want to switch things up for your popsicle version, you can even add some frozen boba (tapioca pearls) to your mix for a cute contrast of color.
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