Eat well with Stiftung Warentest: fruit juice popsicles

Ingredients for six ice cream molds

  • 0.75 l juice (e.g. orange, apple, multivitamin) or fruit nectar (cherry, mango, rhubarb)
  • 15 grams of starch (2 g per 100 ml of liquid)
  • Also: water ice molds, for example 6 pieces – each for about 85 ml of liquid

Nutritional value per ice cream (from apple juice)

  • Energy: 71 kcal / 298 kJ
  • Carbohydrates: 16 g

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Eat well with Stiftung Warentest - fruit juice popsicles

thin ice. It forms after about an hour or two in the fridge. © Manuel Krug

Pick up the ice shards. Pour the cold juice from the refrigerator into a fairly shallow bowl. Place them in the freezer or freezer. After one to two hours, thin ice flakes form on the surface and edges. Pick up the fragments with a fork, for example – then they can be sucked up or thrown away. Pour the juice into a saucepan.

Eat well with Stiftung Warentest - fruit juice popsicles

To thicken. A little starch makes the ice cream easy to lick later. © Manuel Krug

Thicken the juice with starch. Mix cold juice with starch in a saucepan. Stir the juice-starch mixture until it bubbles, then the starch will set. Remove the pot from the stovetop. Let cool.

Freeze the thickened juice. Pour the juice into suitable molds, freeze in the freezer compartment of the refrigerator or in the freezer. Some ice cream molds have lids with integrated handles. This allows the mold to be closed before freezing. If you decide to use a wooden stick, you can stick it into half-frozen ice – after about an hour of staying in the frost. Allow the fruit juice ice cream to cool in the refrigerator for a few minutes before eating.

Vary with puree. Instead of juice or nectar, you can also process pureed fruits using this production principle. Fruits with soft flesh such as kiwis, strawberries or peaches are best.

Tips from the test kitchen

Eat well with Stiftung Warentest - fruit juice popsicles

Guido Ritter © Ute Friederike Schernau

Concentrate by freezing. When the juice freezes, the water molecules expand. Due to their low density, they float on top: as ice. If you remove it, the juice will have about a third less water – but more sugar and flavor.

Strength against ice crystals. Starch binds water. At low temperature, it forms fewer large crystals.

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