Almost nothing makes me feel more like I'm in a tropical place than a pineapple. I could be standing in a foot of snow while eating pineapple, and a little part of me would be like "mmmmmm, it's almost like I'm in Hawaii." That being said, for me, summertime really is all about figuring out the different ways that I can work pineapple into my food rotation. Pineapple and chicken? Awesome. Pineapple whip? Amazing. Pineapple pops? Your new favorite dessert.This pineapple dessert is both delicious and flavorful, and just stinkin' fun to eat. It will have your guests and you instantly singing "Aruba, Jamaica, ohhh I wanna take ya, Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama!" You get the idea. It's a dessert worthy of all of the happy summertime feels that I hope you are all enjoying. Pineapple Pop Ingredients Fresh Pineapple 1 tsp Cane Sugar 1 cup of Mint 1 Lime Skewers Optional: Light Rum Directions First, you will need to choose a fresh pineapple from the grocery store. If you're wanting to make a few of these, make sure to get multiple pineapples. One pineapple will yield about 7-8 of these desserts, but it's so yummy that people may want more than one. When I first learned to pick out a pineapple, I was taught to pull the leaves at the top. If the leaf comes off instantly when you pull on it, it is ripe. Some people also smell the bottom of the pineapple to see if it is ready. When it's ripe, it smells like fresh pineapple. this tutorial for cutting because it leave it in spears, which is what we need for our recipe. Once you reach the stage of the pineapple slices, make sure you cut your spears to be fairly thick. They need to be thick enough for the skewer to go through. This is the hardest part, making sure the skewers go all the way through the pineapple. My tip is to start at the end that is thinner (if they aren't equal in size, which let's be real, they probably won't be), slowly push the skewer through. You don't have to make it all the way through the pineapple, just far enough that it's secure on the stick.
Now that your pineapples are all skewered, they can become the mojito pops they were born to be. The first step is to cut up one lime and squeeze the juice over the pineapple. One lime per 7-8 pops is good. If you are making more, use a second lime.Above, I have as an option to have the cane sugar ready for the pineapple. I like the cane sugar because it adds to the mojito-ness of the pop, but if you're trying to cut back on sugar, pineapple is already sweet on its own. For those of you that are using the sugar, after the lime is squeeze on the pineapple, you will just sprinkle the sugar over the pineapple pops.
Chill for a few hours and then serve when ready. If you are wanting to really create a mojito over these, rather than serving after a few hours, soak the pineapple skewers overnight in light rum. You will skewer the pineapple spears, pour over rum, refrigerate overnight, then follow the rest of the directions starting with the lime.