7 hot and spicy popsicles to get you through summer


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A couple of weeks ago, we looked at better-for-you sorbet recipes that kick sugar to the curb without sacrificing flavor. We wondered what other tasty treats we might share with you so that you can enjoy the warmer months and indulge your sweet tooth without sacrificing your health goals. Popsicles are an excellent choice, but it was these spicy cinnamon and rhubarb babies by Cooking Stoned that got us thinking about kicking up the heat and doing our bodies some extra good.

As we've reported in the past, capsaicin in hot peppers helps tackle inflammation, and because spicy foods are rich in vitamins A and C, they raise your body's temperature, which increases blood flow and gets your blood swooshing around in there as it should.

Two birds, one stone: here are seven spicy popsicles to help get you through summer without blowing your diet.


1. Spicy Coconut Lime Popsicles


Kitchenette adds cayenne pepper to these coconut-lime beauties.


2. Chili Lime Watermelon Popsicles

The Etsy Blog / Eatsy 

You don't get much more refreshing than watermelon. The Etsy Blog adds heat to this treat with some chipotle chili powder.


3. Cucumber Jalapeno Popsicle

The Black Peppercorn 

The Black Peppercorn spices up these cucumber popsicles with sliced jalapeno peppers.


4. Spicy Rosemary Grapefruit Popsicles

A Cookie Named Desire 

A Cookie Named Desire adds half a teaspoon ground chili peppers to balance out the tartness of these grapefruit popsicles.


5. Mango Fruit and Tequila Popsicles with Serrano

Cooking Stoned 

Here's Cooking Stoned again, making magic happen this time with two mangos, one lime, a Serrano pepper, two cups of simple syrup and — oh, what's up know? — a quarter cup of tequila.


6. Spicy Mexican Chocolate Paletas


A cup of Mexican hot chocolate, known and loved for its spiciness and  creaminess, in popsicle form. Zoku nails it.


7. Chai-Coconut Milk Boba {Bubble Tea} Popsicles

Boulder Locavore 

Boulder Locavore combines the very spicy and full-bodied Bhakti Chai with coconut milk. The results are exotic, spicy and delicious.