June 09, 2015

Coconut Cream Popsicles With Vanilla Bean And Malibu Rum

Coconut Cream Popsicles With Vanilla Bean And Malibu Rum

If you’re lucky enough to count yourself a resident of the upper west, chances are you are well aware that June can be a very rainy month. However, unlike some parts of our country, the Northwest is experiencing an early summer. Glory, glory! Some may relish the heat, while others bemoan it (can you guess how we feel about it?), but there’s no denying that summer is here to stay, so we’re setting our attention on ways to keep cool.

Beating the heat may simply mean flipping a switch on the A/C unit and staying inside, or for those less fortunate, you may find yourself sitting outside with your feet soaking in your kid’s plastic pool. Come to think of it, that scenario seems oddly familiar and really can be quite lovely. If you add to the scene a few children happily splashing around you, and a cold treat in your hand, you’ve got yourself a perfectly refreshing afternoon.

Our get-cool-fast weapon of choice is this coconut cream popsicle with vanilla beans.

Our get-cool-fast weapon of choice is this coconut cream popsicle with vanilla beans. For the adults, you can opt to give it a happy hour twist by adding a splash of Malibu rum (don’t forget which ones are spiked, trust us). With these cooling treats standing by, we’ve officially declared every hot weather afternoon a happy one indeed.

Making frozen goodies are not only a great way to beat the heat, they are also fun and so easy. If you have children they’ll be thrilled when they see these coming, and you’ll feel fantastic serving something not chock full of chemicals. There are so many different molds to use, offering creative shapes and patterns. We like the classic lines of the mold we used best, and also love the fact that it makes ten popsicles, because let’s face it, there can never be enough, and in this heat we may want more than one. (If you’re interested in this lovely mold click here.)

Coconut Cream Popsicles With Vanilla Bean And Malibu Rum

Serves 8


1 can coconut cream
1 vanilla bean
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup sugar
1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup Malibu Rum (optional)


  1. In a small sauce pan combine the coconut cream and the sugar.
  2. Bring to a simmer over medium high heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes.
  3. Pour mixture into a heatproof bowl and place in the refrigerator until cooled, about 15 minutes.
  4. Using a small paring knife, split vanilla bean down the center lengthwise and scrape into bowl.
  5. Add shredded coconut, pineapple juice & Malibu rum.
  6. Pour mixture into 8 popsicle molds and place in the freezer until frozen.

To loosen the popsicle from the mold once frozen, quickly run the mold under warm water and carefully shake the popsicle until it slides out.

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