In fact, I actually think they're sort of a perfect winter treat. Think about it.
Chilly days usually mean hearty, heavy dishes. Stews. Roasts. Bowls of piping hot mac & cheese. Heavy, filling dishes that are perfect for the season, but which don't often leave a lot of room for a big dessert.
And yet...dessert is important. It's kind of my life philosophy...
Outshine (previously known as Edy's Fruit Bars) recently sent me a couple boxes of their new seasonal winter flavors to try.
For winter, it's all about the citrus with their gorgeous Blood Orange and Grapefruit Fruit Bars. Made with real fruit juice and no funky ingredients, they're totally a light dessert that I can get behind.
As delicious as they are on their own, I thought I'd play around and share a few ideas for how you can serve these ice pops to your friends or guests when entertaining this winter.
Blood Orange Outshine Fruit Bars, I knew I had to dip them.
To make, combine a cup of chocolate chips (dark, milk, white--choose your favorite!) with 1 rounded teaspoon of coconut oil and melt in the microwave, 30 seconds at a time, until smooth.
It'll harden in just a few seconds, creating a crackling chocolate shell (similar to "magic shell").
These can be prepared a few hours in advance, which is perfect for an easy (and unexpected!) holiday dessert.
2. Add a Little Sparkle
I used Outshine's other seasonal winter ice pop, Grapefruit, to try to recreate a fun dessert version of this breakfast classic.
The perfect combination of fresh, tart, citrus fruit with just a hint of caramel. And so sparkly--I think this would be a fun one to serve on New Year's Eve or at a glitter-themed bridal shower.
3. Spice (and spike!) it Up
I used the Outshine Grapefruit Fruit Bars (which really do taste like fresh grapefruit!) to recreate a grown-up ice pop version of this cocktail.
If you're not a fan of spice, use chili powder mixed with salt, which adds smokiness without the heat. (Or make some of each!)
(And this should go without saying, but just in case...these are for grown-ups only, OK?)
4. Add a Little Coconut & Cream
I don't know how I discovered this, but I somehow realized that by dipping icy fruit pops into plain heavy cream, it would create an instant creamy shell around the outside.
It's a delicious foil to tart citrus flavors, and works especially well with these blood orange popsicles. I then like to take it even further by dipping it in ground coconut. (Yup!)
To make, simply prepare a shallow dish with finely ground coconut (I used the unsweetened kind), and fill a glass with heavy cream.
Place on a wax-lined plate and freeze for 5 minutes, or until set.
5. Bring on the Bubbly!
Arrange ice pops in cocktail or wine glasses, and top off with your favorite champagne or sparkling wine.
I used a mix of the blood orange and grapefruit Outshine bars, since it created a nice mix of colors (and both work beautifully with the bubbly!).
This post is sponsored by Outshine. Thank you for supporting great companies like Outshine. that make it possible for me to keep creating fun new content for you to enjoy. All photos, opinions, and recipes are (of course!) my own.
Love Always Order Dessert? Let's connect! Follow me on Twitter or Pinterest, become a fan on Facebook, or sign up to receive my once-a-week e-mail updates. And if you ever need any entertaining or cooking advice, please don't hesitate to e-mail me. Thanks for reading!