Cinco de Mayo is not the most important patriotic holiday in Mexico, which happens to be ‘Independence Day‘, yet all social media is buzzing with recipes surrounding this occasion. In modern times, May 5th is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. To me, Food speaks the language of tradition and culture best. Frankly, I cook regional Mexican cuisine at least once a week in our home but to commemorate Cinco de Mayo, I wanted to create something unique, something which stands out and screams Mexico my way.
Aside from the countless varieties of Chili, one food which always adorns my Mexican table is Avocado, a native fruit to Central Mexico, that I am absolutely in love with . My favorite way of eating an avocado is in a simple salad; some good EVOO, cilantro, sliced red onion, kosher salt, black pepper, and generous squeeze of lime/lemon. Did I mention I love Avocado? And for the record I appreciate the fruit too much to mash it; frankly, I never developed a taste for guacamole.
That said, most of you are well aware of my voracious appetite for variety and new cuisines. I am constantly honing my cooking skills by exploring new cuisines and dishes to add to my repertoire. I am not creating a new dish out here but how shall I say, my version is paying homage to the classic with a modern and #spicychat twist. I am combining the classic Mexican fruit Avocado with one of America’s, if not the favorite Bacon! What is my contribution? Avocado Popsicle with crushed Candied Bacon that will appease even the finickiest eater, be it adult or child.
Avocado on a Stick
You might be hesitant to embrace the idea of an Avocado Popsicle, especially since most recipes revolve around guacamole or as a supporting role in a sandwich. But avocado isn’t unknown in the world of sweets, and this fun recipe might just take you the land of endless delicious possibilities. Buttery, creamy, nutty, refreshing, crunchy; it is pure indulgence in each sweet and spicy bite.
I have used non-fat half-half in this recipe, please feel free to substitute with regular half-half or even yogurt. Also, if you don’t have time to freeze the pops, serve this recipe as a shake with a slice of candied bacon as a garnish. It will taste as brilliant as the popiscle. For extra freshness, throw in a few sprigs of mint to the mixture too.
1-2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice
2 cups non-fat half-half
1/4 cup agave syrup
Candied bacon (optional)
- Puree avocado, half-half, agave syrup, and lime/lemon juice.
- Pour in Popsicle mold, drop few crushed pieces of candied bacon in each mold.
- Freeze overnight or for at least 6 hrs before serving.
If you are in a really adventurous mood, spike the Popsicle with your preferred brand of tequila, I did. And I couldn’t finish it fast enough!! Make sure you use two different styles of Popsicle mold to differentiate between the kid-friendly from 21 and older only.
How are you celebrating Cinco de Mayo? Do you have a favorite flavor when summer knocks at your door? I would love to hear from you…until next time, happy Cinco de Mayo! Stay safe and merry! Check out the various flavors of Popsicles I created at: Quintessential Summer Treat: #SpicyChat Home-Made Popsicles!