Come February and there’s no escaping the Valentine’s day frenzy, whether one is online or around the real world. Kitschy, frilly heart-shaped cushions, mushy cards and teddy bears clutching corny notes suddenly sprout everywhere, including in the windows of our very enterprising neighborhood ‘fancy shop’. The flower-vendors get geared up to fleece their hapless patrons for that must-have bunch of red roses, trussed up tight with the obligatory shocking pink satin ribbons. Romantic movies line up to release on the all-important Friday before V-day, bringing even more mushy sappiness to the already saccharine-soaked atmosphere. And let’s not forget to brace for the overdose of confectionery and chocolate that’s customary at this time of the year.
If you thought that we’re excessively cynical about this day of love, let us assure you that this isn’t the case. We enjoy and celebrate this holiday with our loved ones year after year, but the glut of commercial and meaningless merchandising that this charming celebration is often turned into, has brought out the rebel in us. So, this year we’re planning a quiet, fuss-free holiday, with a meal that doesn’t tick all the Valentine’s Day check boxes, but nourishes love for our bodies and those of our dear ones.
But since we really can’t let the day pass by without a few red hearts scattered around, we carved up some ripe berry hearts, dipped them in honey-sweetened coconut water and turned them into these super cute and adorable ice pops. Three ingredients and ten minutes is all you need to put these together for your family, or just for the love of you!
Berry Heart Ice Pops
- 8 ripe strawberries, preferably triangle-shaped
- 1 cup coconut water
- 2-4 tablespoons honey or agave nectar
- Hull the strawberries and cut a rounded V at the top. Now slice the strawberries into 2 pieces vertically, to get heart shapes. If the berries are very big you can slice them into 3 or 4 hearts. You could also use a small, heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out the hearts.
- Divide the hearts between the popsicle moulds (3-6 per pop). Place the hearts so that most of them stay the right side up. Set the moulds aside.
- Stir enough honey or agave into the coconut water to sweeten it to your taste.
- Pour the coconut water blend into the popsicle moulds.
- Place the sticks into the pops and then freeze for 4-6 hours or overnight.
- To remove the pops, dip the mould in a bowl of tap water for a few seconds or until the pop pops out.
Note: You could also use white grape juice in place of the coconut water, in this case you would not need the honey to sweeten.