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A Pear-fect Treat: Honey Green Tea Poached Pears

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IMG_8298 - CopyWho’s in the mood for a pear-fect fall treat? We all enjoy a treat now and then, so why not use this occasion to add some fruit to your day? Like Honey Green Tea Poached Pears. In this recipe, pears are infused with the earthy elements of green tea and the vibrant quality of ginger. Sweetened with fruit and a touch of honey, you can be happy in enjoying a treat that is just a tad sweet.

Feature these pears as an impressive finish to an evening meal or simply as a fruit boost to your morning oatmeal. For best results, select a firm variety of pear such as Anjou or Bosc, which holds its shape during the slow cooking process but still lends a smooth, buttery texture when eaten. Happy fruitful eats!

Honey Green Tea Poached Pears
Yield: Serves 4 (1 half each)

1 bottle Honest Honey Green Tea
1-inch piece fresh ginger, chopped
2 ripe pears, peeled, halved, and cored
1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt

Bring Honey Green Tea and ginger to a boil in a large, shallow pot. Reduce heat to a simmer and place pears cut-side down in liquid. Continue to simmer pears gently, occasionally spooning liquid over halves, for 15-20 minutes or until pears are tender. Allow to cool in liquid.

For an impressive dessert, serve pears with a drizzle of poaching liquid and a dollop of vanilla Greek yogurt on top.

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The Coolest of the Cool: Coconut Mint Limeade Popsicles

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What summer dessert is more popular than the Popsicle? In the yearbook of dessert superlatives, the Popsicle would surely earn the title, “Coolest of the Cool.” Even with its icy qualities, popsicles have that refreshing personality that is desired by all. Without a doubt, this is the status that our coolest Summer Refresher, Mint Limeade, was brewed to attain.

If you thought Mint Limeade was fabulous as is, just wait until you throw some coconut milk into the mix. And then freeze it. The result is a chilly, creamy balance of sweet and tart deliciousness.

So go ahead and take your dessert to the next level of cool.

Coconut Mint Limeade Popsicles
Yield: 4 Popsicles

1 cup Honest Mint Limeade
½ cup coconut milk
Zest of ½ lime
1 Tablespoon honey
Toasted coconut (optional, for decoration)

Whisk together Mint Limeade, coconut milk, lime zest, and honey in a medium-sized bowl. Divide liquid among 4 popsicle molds, leaving ½ inch of room at the top.

If using conventional popsicle molds, snap on provided lids and freeze until solid, about 4 hours. If using wooden sticks for the holders, allow popsicles to freeze for at least 2 hours. Once partially frozen, slide wooden stick into center of each pop and return to freezer for another 2 hours.

To remove popsicles, fill a baking dish with enough warm water to come just below the top of mold. Let popsicles sit in warm water for 15-20 seconds. Transfer mold to a flat surface. Firmly grip the holder of each pop and pull upward to remove.

For an optional decoration, dip each popsicle in toasted coconut. Enjoy!