“Paopu” dole whip popsicles

In the lore of the Kingdom Hearts video game series, the fictional paopu fruit is a star-shaped fruit that is shared between people who want to be bonded together forever. To make that into a flavor, I knew starfruit was an obvious must, as it is the closest fruit in real life to a paopu fruit. But starfruit tastes bland. Really bland. So I knew I had to pair it with other things to amp up the flavor profile. I always go to passionfruit because it has a nice bold flavor, and I love the crunch of the seeds in a cream texture. But I also decided to include pineapple in these, just because pineapple are really nice and sweet, and I have a great vegan dole whip recipe that I can make with it. Tropical fruits go together, and on top of that, dole whip is a Disney-related product, as is Kingdom Hearts, so it all ties together! These popsicles are completely vegan and gluten-free and just use five ingredients. albeit two somewhat difficult to find tropical fruits. But I can assure you that it is worth it. You have the sweet, creamy pineapple, but with the crunch and pops of tartness from the passionfruit. Oh, and the starfruit is there to look pretty, because that is basically all it can do is look pretty. But it does that job well!

For the popsicles:
1 starfruit
1 pineapple
1/4 cup granulated sugar
a pinch of salt
2 passionfruit

Slice the starfruit into 1/8 inch slices, and line your popsicle molds with those slices. Peel and core the pineapple. Puree your pineapple with the remaining pieces of starfruit, sugar, and salt. Reduce down the pineapple puree mixture in a pot or pan on low heat by half. Stir in your passionfruit pulp and seeds. Cool down the mixture completely, then churn the dole whip base inside of your ice cream machine for 20 minutes. Transfer into your popsicle molds and freeze for at least 4 hours before unmolding.


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