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The summer before eighth grade I traveled with a group of Girl Scouts to Mexico. As a rather self-conscious adolescent, this was somewhat mortifying — not mortifying enough, however, to pass on an opportunity to bond with a hundred thirteen-year-old girls in my last hurrah at summer camp.

We were housed in a hodge podge of cabañas near the city of Guadalajara. Peacocks roamed the premises. Arts and crafts abounded. We were taken on excursions to abandoned churches aflutter with bats, and to the local Barro negro pottery kilns.

And we were taken to the market. Our kind hosts tried their very best to turn us on to fried grasshoppers and other insect delicacies. (You can imagine the dramatic squeals of horror when this was presented to a bunch of squeamish pre-teens.) Horchata, on the other hand, that cinnamon-rich, super sweet agua fresca, was easy to say yes to.

Horchata arrived in Mexico by way of Spain, courtesy of the Moors. In Spain it is made with a little tuber called a chufa, or tigernut. In Mexico, chufas aren’t that easy to come by, so they’ve improvised with long grain rice to produce the horchata familiar to North Americans. It’s a cinch to make. You soak rice overnight in water (making rice milk, essentially). The following day you blend it, strain it, add sugar and cinnamon, and serve over ice. To turn this into an ice pop, I concentrated on the standout flavors — rice milk, sugar and cinnamon — and added a creamy element, which in this case is Greek-style strained yogurt.

Kimberley Hasselbrink

Recipe for Horchata Pops
Yield: About 6 popsicles

2 cups long grain white rice
2 cups plus 3 tablespoons water, divided
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Ice pop molds

Kimberley Hasselbrink


Combine the rice and two cups water in a glass bowl. Let sit overnight. (It’s not necessary to refrigerate.)

The next day, blend the rice and water thoroughly in a blender. Strain the rice water through cheesecloth placed inside a fine colander or sieve. Use a spoon to coax the liquid through the mesh.

While the liquid is draining, make a quick simple syrup. Combine the sugar with the remaining three tablespoons of water. You can warm it quickly in the microwave or simmer until just dissolved in a small saucepan.

Kimberley Hasselbrink

Once the rice water has drained, combine it with the simple syrup, ground cinnamon and Greek yogurt. You’ll want to blend this thoroughly, so that everything emulsifies nicely and the cinnamon and yogurt don’t separate while freezing. An electric mixer or immersion blender are quite helpful here, but a fork and some elbow grease will get the job done.

Pour the horchata mixture into your ice pop molds. Freeze for about six hours. Then park yourself in a grassy field and enjoy.

What’s your favorite summer treat?

Kimberley Hasselbrink is a food photographer and blogger based in San Francisco. She is the author of the blog The Year in Food, which is framed around a monthly seasonal food guide. Kimberley enjoys unusual produce, strong coffee, road trips and summer nights.

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  • devitjandra

    devitjandra says:

    The (rather unattractive) color of the pops reminds me of the mung bean ice cream which I love when I was a child. Will have to try out the recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • SimplyMadeByErin

    SimplyMadeByErin says:

    My son would really like these. I like the little molds you found, they look like they have a little straw on the side, what a good idea.

    4 years ago

  • mtraub

    mtraub says:

    I want these always, now, forever.

    4 years ago

  • DarlingDesignsbyTNG

    DarlingDesignsbyTNG says:

    Oh those look great can't wait to try them. Summer treats are fab especially when so easy to make. Thanks.

    4 years ago

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye says:

    If they are as much fun to eat as they are to say, I'm in! Horchata! :)

    4 years ago

  • kibblesnknits

    kibblesnknits says:

    This sounds great! I love horchata. I also really need those ice pop molds - is that a little straw at the bottom?!

    4 years ago

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush says:

    sweet! i love horchata!! never thought of this before, great summer treat :)

    4 years ago

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns says:

    Yum... Horchata... My Abuela made it all the time when I was little! Thanks for the recipe... totally going to do this with my kids this week!!

    4 years ago

  • TheBloomingThread

    TheBloomingThread says:


    4 years ago

  • fbstudiovt

    fbstudiovt says:

    This is such a foreign recipe to me, I can't wait to try it! Especially if it involves those sweet popsicle molds! My husband just laughed and said I must have had a deprived childhood for never having seen those before :)

    4 years ago

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice says:

    I'm definitely going to try this, I looooooove Horchata.

    4 years ago

  • aBreathofFrenchair

    aBreathofFrenchair says:

    They look yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!

    4 years ago

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas says:

    Oh man, it is hot here in Texas. That is making my mouth water!

    4 years ago

  • zurdokero

    zurdokero says:

    In my town they add "La Lechera" instead of sugar, which make it taste ten times better. They also make raspas (Snow Cones) made with Horchata. Yummers.

    4 years ago

  • littlejarofhearts

    littlejarofhearts says:

    Love this! Anything to cool down these hot summer days.

    4 years ago

  • Nana84

    Nana84 says:

    My daughters favorite,Horchata!!

    4 years ago

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree says:

    Mmm mmh! These look incredibly refreshing! I would love to try these sometime! Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • junkyardglitter

    junkyardglitter says:

    Yea. These look amazing.

    4 years ago

  • AllUsedUp

    AllUsedUp says:

    I get an ice cold Horchata at least once a week during the summers- what a great idea for a recipe. We will be giving this a try soon. Thanks! from Tempe Arizona where today is 110 degrees and that is normal!

    4 years ago

  • whiteseason

    whiteseason says:

    You get an even better cinnamon infusion if you soak two cinnamon sticks with the rice overnight, eighteen hours is even better. Discard them before you blend the rice/water mixture.

    4 years ago

  • SanWiches

    SanWiches says:

    I male these with arroz con leche (rice pudding) & it is delicious!

    4 years ago

  • SanWiches

    SanWiches says:


    4 years ago

  • SanWiches

    SanWiches says:


    4 years ago

  • herbolution

    herbolution says:


    4 years ago

  • MaryandLil

    MaryandLil says:

    Looks delicious!

    4 years ago

  • JasmineLund

    JasmineLund says:

    Oh, my. This looks too delicious. What do you expect with Greek yoghurt? And I've been craving all things cinnamon recently... yeah.

    4 years ago

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak says:

    Wow, looks delicious

    4 years ago

  • nickelodeon01

    nickelodeon01 says:

    I want to enjoy these on a grassy field somewhere. Big time.

    4 years ago

  • SweetlyScrappedArt

    SweetlyScrappedArt says:

    Don't they look great! And it could be something I can do with the kids :)

    4 years ago

  • nuevodesigns

    nuevodesigns says:

    Looks yummy!

    4 years ago

  • AnnikaLane

    AnnikaLane says:

    yum! yum! yum!

    4 years ago

  • StrayNabeeVintage

    StrayNabeeVintage says:

    Delish! I remember a childhood friends mother would make tapioca pops, I wonder how these compare? I'll have to give it a go. Great heat wave inspired post =)

    4 years ago

  • nellsfinderskeepers

    nellsfinderskeepers says:

    Ohhh, bless ya for posting this!

    4 years ago

  • tennyoceres

    tennyoceres says:

    I must try this at home. My boyfriend and I are horchata fiends.

    4 years ago

  • meringuedesigns

    meringuedesigns says:

    good horchata can save the world. popsicles? even better.

    4 years ago

  • lv2cr8

    lv2cr8 says:

    What a fun new thing to try. I will take the great added tips from the comments and make a point of trying these this summer.

    4 years ago



    que rico !! me fascina la horchata bien fria :-)

    4 years ago

  • mamif

    mamif says:


    4 years ago

  • lenamiller

    lenamiller says:

    My grandaughter would really like these pops. And the photos are great: very eye catching!

    4 years ago

  • SELVIDGEByRachidaS

    SELVIDGEByRachidaS says:

    yucky stuff, and cool stuff :)

    4 years ago

  • ElegantRoseBoutique

    ElegantRoseBoutique says:

    Might have to try these! Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • cocoandmilkweed

    cocoandmilkweed says:


    4 years ago

  • specola

    specola says:

    so that's what vampire weekend was singing about

    4 years ago

  • stepbackink

    stepbackink says:

    During this heat wave we are going thru in the Midwest, this would be great to make. :)

    4 years ago

  • AZALEAstudio

    AZALEAstudio says:

    I grew up in Mexico and have never liked horchata, everyone assumes I do for some reason. I still enjoy the post.

    4 years ago

  • sushibooties

    sushibooties says:

    Yummy! Yes please! Can not wait to make these! Thanks for your post!

    4 years ago

  • deathbycupcake

    deathbycupcake says:

    Now I know what I'll be doing tomorrow. Thanks!!!

    4 years ago

  • trulyenchanted

    trulyenchanted says:

    wow, what a great idea! I now have some ammunition against the New Mexico summer heat!

    4 years ago

  • proteales

    proteales says:

    Anything with Greek yogurt is good!

    4 years ago

  • DancingMooney

    DancingMooney says:

    Yumm! I would never have thought of this! ♥

    4 years ago

  • ShelleAnne

    ShelleAnne says:

    I LOVE Horchata - might have to try this!

    4 years ago

  • MissPattisAttic

    MissPattisAttic says:

    I can just taste things! Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • raptinwire

    raptinwire says:

    Sounds great. Thanks for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • CovetedVintage

    CovetedVintage says:

    love them! :)

    4 years ago

  • ddfoto

    ddfoto says:

    Sounds perfect for this hot weather!!

    4 years ago

  • raganella

    raganella says:

    I love horchata so I imagine I'd adore these! Yum!

    4 years ago

  • FolkandFairyTale

    FolkandFairyTale says:

    looks good! I'd def. try it out, thanks for the recipe :)

    4 years ago

  • Armalique

    Armalique says:

    I've never seen rice used like this before, sounds yummy. thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • TheNuttyAcorn

    TheNuttyAcorn says:

    Yummy! Thanks so much for sharing. :]

    4 years ago

  • Enrahute

    Enrahute says:

    I want these so hard. Must go and get the ingredients!

    4 years ago

  • petitor

    petitor says:

    That is so smart... with the handle thing. Love it. P.S. I remember my friend used to call it whore cha cha... lol just popped in my head.

    4 years ago

  • Powerofflower

    Powerofflower says:

    Sounds great!

    4 years ago

  • PinkNeedleDesign

    PinkNeedleDesign says:

    YUM!!! I love the drink..and it's so healthy for you! Great job!

    4 years ago

  • hattieshouse

    hattieshouse says:

    my favorite drink in a frozen pop form???? FABULOUS FOR SURE!!!!

    4 years ago

  • flyingpignc

    flyingpignc says:

    making..thanks for the recipe it sounds easy enough for a busy potter

    4 years ago

  • Alaroycreature

    Alaroycreature says:

    duuude, i love the horchata my mom makes.

    4 years ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 says:

    sounds yummy

    4 years ago

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry says:

    I say si to horchata!

    4 years ago

  • mamalong7910

    mamalong7910 says:

    mmmm sounds so delcious! Thanks for sharing. Gotta try this.

    4 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:


    4 years ago

  • baublesnfripperies

    baublesnfripperies says:

    YUMMMMMMMM I LOVE horchata! I'm so excited to try these (gluten free!) treats!

    4 years ago

  • totallyoutofhand

    totallyoutofhand says:

    oh lord, while in spain some 30 years ago i drank horchata at every corner and have searched for it since with no luck. Thanks so much for posting this recipe!

    4 years ago

  • Emmantine

    Emmantine says:

    yummm! i wanna make those!

    4 years ago

  • kuloft

    kuloft says:

    Wow!!! I love it.

    4 years ago

  • jungledread

    jungledread says:

    different - I like it!

    4 years ago

  • Xenotees

    Xenotees says:

    Oh yum- can't wait to make these!!

    4 years ago

  • Tiffabulous

    Tiffabulous says:

    Wow interesting. I really want to try this.

    4 years ago

  • Izzoinked

    Izzoinked says:


    4 years ago

  • AprilsMarieJewelry

    AprilsMarieJewelry says:

    Looks great, but Greek yogurt is one the nastiest things I have ever tried! :O

    4 years ago

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios says:

    I just picked up a food/cooking zine and lo and be hold there was a whole spread on Horchata Pops - 5 pages in fact! With lots of combinations of flavors and spices. I'm looking forward to giving each and every one a try very, very soon.

    4 years ago

  • CrudeThings

    CrudeThings says:

    ok this is the best blog yet, so yummy looking!!! =D i am so going to try this!

    4 years ago

  • beemine

    beemine says:

    Great summer article! In Texas,we call these "paletas." Paleta is the Spanish word for stake or stick. They come in many flavors from pina colada to even pickle juice (kids like to sprinkle chili powder on those)! Men peddle around our neighborhood on three-wheeled bicycles with freezer compartments selling them for a dollar. Their bikes have a string of bells across the handle bars that jingle and let you know they are outside. Restaurants and our major grocery store also sell the horchata flavor in a drink (called aguas frescas)--yummy!

    4 years ago

  • BlueMoonLights

    BlueMoonLights says:

    I need to make those, yum!! Thank you for posting the recipe :)

    4 years ago

  • dabbledesigns

    dabbledesigns says:

    OMG YUM!

    4 years ago

  • enyarce

    enyarce says:

    Being Hispanic, I know how good this recipe is..FYI In Puerto Rico we make the Horchata too but out of sesame seed and also out of almond...good to try those recipes too I am sure you will love them!!!

    4 years ago

  • allwrappedupcoffee

    allwrappedupcoffee says:

    I was a Girl Scout until my sophomore year of high school. People still laugh at me when I tell them, but I would never trade the experiences I gained! These pops look fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • bedouin

    bedouin says:

    Yum ~ what a great way to cool down!

    4 years ago

  • blueridgewoodworking

    blueridgewoodworking says:

    Great Article....We just gone done with 110 heat index. So I will stay COOL!

    4 years ago

  • TokulVintage

    TokulVintage says:

    Thank you! So simple. So sweet.

    4 years ago

  • handandglove

    handandglove says:


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  • audreytolove

    audreytolove says:

    Lovely! thanks.

    4 years ago

  • TheLotusRoot

    TheLotusRoot says:

    great idea! thanks so much for sharing this.

    4 years ago

  • whack

    whack says:

    Mmm! Try adding coconut milk to your horchata, SO GOOD!

    4 years ago

  • ninavizz

    ninavizz says:

    The holders appear to be a product called PopsiClean, from Israel. Or, they're ceramic homemade versions. I'd love to get these in the states (and make horchata popsicles!), anybody know where to get them?

    4 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    Looks lovely! Kinda reminds me of a recipe I saw not so long ago for frozen rice pudding with raspberry swirl... mmm frozen treats!

    4 years ago

  • Aventus

    Aventus says:

    I'm going to try this. Thanks for posting the recipe.

    4 years ago

  • beliz82

    beliz82 says:

    Looks delicious Thank for the recipe :)

    4 years ago

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField says:

    Not too sure I wanna try these..... :0/

    4 years ago

  • ikabags

    ikabags says:

    Looks delicious! Thanks so much !

    4 years ago

  • squibbles76

    squibbles76 says:

    I really would like the facebook "like" button right about now. All of these comments are funny! In a good way funny. Why can't we "favorite" postings like this? Horchata! When you say it, it is kind of like saying "Ole!" lol. I love rice, rice pudding, tapioca pudding, yogurt, rice anything and especially horchata. Do you think it would be good mixed with a tid bit of pineapple juice too? What about coconut milk? Or even better Thai coconut cream. OMGOSH taste orgasm! I got to try the variations too. Thanks for the basic recipe.

    4 years ago

  • milkthiefvintage

    milkthiefvintage says:

    YUUMMMMMM i would realllly like one right now even though its freezing over here! thanks!

    4 years ago

  • boutiquebylulu

    boutiquebylulu says:

    Yum! Im going to try making these- thanks for sharing :)

    4 years ago

  • MadisonStreetBeauty
  • redemptionart

    redemptionart says:

    oh yummy....your comments on camp warm my heart!

    4 years ago

  • fantasiabridalveils

    fantasiabridalveils says:

    At first I thought "rice popsicles?" But after reading the recipe and looking at the delicious pics, I have to try this it looks great! Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • Verluisant

    Verluisant says:

    It's the first time I hear about horchata, it's totally unknown in France ! I have to try this recipe !

    4 years ago

  • ShoponSherman

    ShoponSherman says:

    mmmm.....I have a major sweet tooth and i love cinnamon....I want one....

    4 years ago

  • CoralDesignCo

    CoralDesignCo says:

    Reminds me of the pops I had when I was a kid-thanks for the recipe!

    4 years ago

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom says:

    Oh these sound so yummy!

    4 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage says:

    Perfect for this heat wave on the east coast!!!!!!

    4 years ago

  • ElisaGomez

    ElisaGomez says:

    I'm making it right I go :)

    4 years ago

  • PetiteLemon

    PetiteLemon says:

    These sound delicious! Perfect summer treat! Thanks for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • SpiceofLifeDesigns

    SpiceofLifeDesigns says: kids love horchata so we'll definitely have to try this one!

    4 years ago

  • BanglewoodSupplies
  • sewlola

    sewlola says:

    I love "agua de horchata" and the horchata pops sound like a great idea for these hot summer days!

    4 years ago

  • StrawberryButton

    StrawberryButton says:

    Does anyone know if you can use brown rice instead of white rice?

    4 years ago

  • sugarcookie

    sugarcookie says:

    Yum! I never had horchata, but this sounds really nice. I made some pops, too - mine have locally made yogurt and bananas!

    4 years ago

  • pezzazz

    pezzazz says:


    4 years ago

  • continentaldrift

    continentaldrift says:

    Hey all! I found these popsicle molds at Bed, Bath and Beyond but it looks like they don't carry them anymore. If you do a search for "popsicle molds straw" it looks like there are other brands out there. Good luck in your search! @StrawberryButton: I don't think brown rice will yield the same flavor or texture as white rice.

    4 years ago

  • Balanced

    Balanced says:

    goodness, these sound delicious!

    4 years ago

  • stevexsteve

    stevexsteve says:

    I love horchata! I will try it.

    4 years ago

  • PaperFlora

    PaperFlora says:

    Off the store to buy ingredients!!

    4 years ago

  • Tanith

    Tanith says:

    Those look so good! I have gotta try these!

    4 years ago

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  • Gotta23Skidoo

    Gotta23Skidoo says:

    I can't wait to try this recipe! I absolutely love the Arroz paleta that you can get from the street vendors here in Chicago, very excited to try and make my own. Re: the popsicle molds, I actually have the ones shown, and don't care for them all that much. The popsicles, once frozen, stick to the mold making it difficult to remove them without also pulling the stick out. And the popsicle would have to melt almost completely before the straw function is even close to being useful. In my opinion, it's not worth going out of your way to find them.

    4 years ago

  • theroyal

    theroyal says:

    yummy nummmers :)

    4 years ago

  • ChristinaRomeo

    ChristinaRomeo says:

    Very Cool!

    4 years ago

  • silayaya

    silayaya says:

    You have to travel to Valencia, Spain to taste real horchata made with "chufa". If you like this "mexican horchata" you'll love "valencian horchata". It tastes delicious! Kind regards from Valencia, Spain.

    4 years ago

  • kittykanzashi

    kittykanzashi says:

    I have never heard of this before but if it is made out of rice I will try it!

    4 years ago

  • saltcitydesign

    saltcitydesign says:

    omg! love. making these this weekend for sure.

    4 years ago

  • vickijenkinsart

    vickijenkinsart says:

    i've seen these popsickle holders at Bed, Bath and Beyond. if they aren't in the brick and mortar store, maybe they're available online. also...this may be a dumb question; but is the rice raw or has it been cooked and cooled prior to soaking?

    4 years ago

  • issyandana

    issyandana says:

    WOW! These look amazing! I am going to have to try these out very soon! This stifling Minnesota heat DEMANDS IT!

    4 years ago

  • HoneygoBeasleyCards

    HoneygoBeasleyCards says:

    How many Weight Watcher points? ; )

    4 years ago

  • BirdiesCozyNest

    BirdiesCozyNest says:

    Yummmmm! Thank you for the recipe! Our favorite summer treats are not a dessert, but freshly made veggie burritos with organic everything (if we can find it), but most important are the chopped avocados and mangos. :)

    4 years ago

  • ShilohWinterJewelry

    ShilohWinterJewelry says:

    Sounds delicious! Can I use rice milk from RiceDream or do you need a thicker texture? Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • MomsCrochetShop

    MomsCrochetShop says:

    Do you start with cooked or uncooked rice?

    4 years ago

  • blaseyly

    blaseyly says:


    4 years ago

  • simplycharminglife

    simplycharminglife says:

    cannot wait to try these out! thanks for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • AuraGaia

    AuraGaia says:

    yum!!!! hope you don't mind if i share this on many would LOVE these! blessings!

    4 years ago

  • TheSweetPetunia

    TheSweetPetunia says:

    Fun! I love making paletas!!! We make them everyday here at home with our zoku Popsicle maker!

    4 years ago

  • nonchalantgirl

    nonchalantgirl says:

    Yum! So refreshing. Especially in this Texas heat! A friend of mine just told me that she got some of those popsicle sticks at Target -- four pack (asst. colors).

    4 years ago

  • ChocolateStarShop

    ChocolateStarShop says:

    lovely recipe, great idea adding the yogurt. I recently had horchata that was not strained at a local restaurant and it was really good that way too! I love the popsicle sticks, it looks like a straw on the side, nice! This is taking popsicles to a whole new level, Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • AdornmentsNYC

    AdornmentsNYC says:

    that sounds delicious and refreshing!

    4 years ago

  • ShortSweetMoniq

    ShortSweetMoniq says:

    I made these as a kid. Whenever I would go to a Mexican restaurant, I'd take a refill of horchata to go. Then I would fill up the popsicle molds when I got home.

    4 years ago

  • ovejitabe

    ovejitabe says:

    I'm gonna make a suggestion: instead of rice water, you can use milk. Boil the milk adding cinnamon and lemon zest (without the white part), then strain it, add sugar as you want and mix well. This is "leche preparada", another refreshing drink. You can make pops too :)

    4 years ago

  • ExpressoItaliano

    ExpressoItaliano says:

    Fantastic!! I really love Italian who loves the authentic orchata from Valencia in Spain finds a recipe very ready to try. Thank you!!

    4 years ago

  • HoofAndAntler

    HoofAndAntler says:

    Went out and got ingredients to make this pretty much as soon as I saw it. I love horchata, and can not wait to try something delicious in this 103 degree heat wave.

    4 years ago

  • prprinces19

    prprinces19 says:

    I love love love horchata!! I think Im gonna have to make some now. Great drink for the summer. Thanks for the article.

    4 years ago

  • Savi

    Savi says:

    DELICIOSO!!!!! I've been having horchata since I was a little girl ...Topogigos too!!! ;o)

    4 years ago

  • MarshaNealStudio

    MarshaNealStudio says:

    I've never heard of horchata. Sounds interesting and yummy!

    4 years ago

  • gabbieguz

    gabbieguz says:

    I remember my weekend trips to mexico!! and my highlight to those family visits!! was getting some yummy horchata!!!

    4 years ago

  • amyparadis

    amyparadis says:

    Has anyone tried making this recipe? Does any long grain rice do? I ask this because I followed the instructions and ended up almost burning my blender while trying to liquify my seeped rice. I had to up the quantity several times--I lost count of how much water I finally added to the recipe! But my 21-month-old son and I each had a glass of leftover horchata blended with ice and it was delish. Anyway, just wondering if anyone else had to add more water.

    4 years ago

  • BoondockG

    BoondockG says:

    These sound delicious. Must try!

    4 years ago

  • continentaldrift

    continentaldrift says:

    @amyparadis: Sorry to hear it! Perhaps the rice didn't soak long enough? It should have softened enough after soaking overnight. Regular horchata would generally call for more water.

    4 years ago

  • MakeForYou

    MakeForYou says:

    it's great that use rice to make it!! thanks

    4 years ago

  • gemaliciousbeads

    gemaliciousbeads says:

    Hmmm never heard of this. Maybe will try ~ my girlies would love.

    4 years ago

  • betsaronie

    betsaronie says:

    oh my goodness I love horchata! I always get it when i go to Mexican restaurants and they are surprised I know to ask for it (its never on the menu but most places always have it.) I'm going to be making this soon! Thanks!!

    4 years ago

  • Sobai

    Sobai says:

    Yum - sounds wonderful ... off to make some! BTW For those looking for the ice pop molds with straw in the base, the following link shares another popsicle recipe (strawberry yogurt) using the same mold. Says they were purchased at Bed Bath & Beyond.

    4 years ago

  • mariantonieta

    mariantonieta says:

    I like it!

    4 years ago

  • inthehammockvintage

    inthehammockvintage says:

    These look delicious! Thank you for the recipe!

    4 years ago

  • amyparadis

    amyparadis says:

    Kimberley, I guess I had very thirsty rice! Who knows? Maybe some of the water evaporated due to this wicked heatwave! The pops are freezing right now. If I try this recipe again, I might let the rice sit in more water overnight. And I might throw it in the fridge to see if it makes a difference. Anyway, like I mentioned before, the end result (pre-frozen) was super-tasty, so I'm looking forward to biting into one this p.m.

    4 years ago

  • AngelicbyNikki

    AngelicbyNikki says:

    sounds yummy! Does anyone know if I can use basmati rice? That's all i've got in the pantry!!

    4 years ago

  • AmberRaeCreations

    AmberRaeCreations says:

    I *love* horchata! This is a great recipe for the drink, too - thanks!

    4 years ago

  • coinicopia

    coinicopia says:

    Thanks for bringing back fond memories of people and horchata when in Mexico. Erica

    4 years ago

  • icime1989

    icime1989 says:

    I love horchata. I grew up with it here on the border of El Paso, TX and Cuidad Juarez...(and yes we are all quite safe here). I am going to have this tomorrow with my daughters who are 19, 16, and 3. Hopefully they will learn to cook and other things in the kitchen. God help them when and if they get married( the 19 & 16 yr old) cuz I can totally see how they are going to have a mother-n-law like on the t.v. show "Everyone Loves Raymond" lol

    4 years ago

  • SockMonkeysAndBacon

    SockMonkeysAndBacon says:

    Well, these are freezing up right now, so I can't tell you about them in their frozen state, but I did sample it before I froze it and it was kind of like drinking cannoli filling. Needless to say, awesome. I did cheat though. Rather than making rice milk from scratch, I used two cups of unsweetened almond milk instead so it took about 5 minutes tops. I've made almond and rice milk before, so I only feel a little bit like a slacker.

    4 years ago

  • neulanen

    neulanen says:

    oh! i just unpacked my old tupperware popsicle molds today and now this. guess i'll have no choice but to try the recipe. best get the rice soaking, then...

    4 years ago

  • NostalgiaGoodies

    NostalgiaGoodies says:

    Awesome!! Ive always loved Horchata when I visited my mom's family in El Salvador. I only had it as a nice cold drink, but turning it into a frozen treat is a great twist!! Love it!!!

    4 years ago

  • treasureimports

    treasureimports says:

    Thanks for the rice milk tip! I am into EASY!!!!

    4 years ago

  • sstormster1

    sstormster1 says:

    sounds amazing! I love Horchata

    4 years ago

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar says:

    that sounds amazing, cant wait to try it. I wonder what Tiger nut tastes like?

    4 years ago

  • cupcaketutus

    cupcaketutus says:

    interesting! you can find those molds on amazon. I just found this link:) want to try this with the kids I babysit before summer ends. Defiantly cool! that's the link!

    4 years ago

  • Gypsyharte

    Gypsyharte says:

    I added almond milk and whey to my horchata liquid as well as a bit more water.. I found a site saying to grind the rice in a spice grinder before soaking and thats what I might do next time. Pops are freezing right now, my molds are tiny.. Looking for some bigger ones that actually use Popsicle sticks, but I had the leftover as a drink and its was delicious!

    4 years ago

  • gnormyle

    gnormyle says:

    Sounds yummy! I will have to try this and beat the heat!!!!!!

    4 years ago


    ZUBEAJAY says:

    so im keeping the water and throwing away the rice,right? sounds good.seems like if its blended smooth you wouldnt have to strain it, just freeze it. ill give it a try. think ill add a few drops of vanilla too.

    4 years ago

  • bethanybee858

    bethanybee858 says:

    So I made this today. I only had enough liquid to make 2 pops. I was thinking about trying the same thing with cooked rice. Thoughts?

    4 years ago

  • PinesVintageClothing

    PinesVintageClothing says:

    love horchata in the summer...frozen sounds even better!

    4 years ago

  • continentaldrift

    continentaldrift says:

    Hello folks! I'm wondering if the rice issue has to do with the type of rice used? Are any of you using quick-cooking or instant rice? This might be why it's absorbing so much water.

    4 years ago

  • KevinMcCain10

    KevinMcCain10 says:

    Love Horchata and in freezing it into a tasty desert is great!! I wonder how well medium grain rice would work for horchata since the starches are a little different.

    4 years ago

  • amyparadis

    amyparadis says:

    I opted for the long-grain no-frills generic rice variety. I'd guess that in the end I must have doubled the quantity of water. But the pops came out great and tasted awesome... a ten-minute getaway from suburbia :)

    4 years ago

  • raeburnink

    raeburnink says:

    love. thanks!!!

    4 years ago

  • pennysaver1956

    pennysaver1956 says:

    Made these today! A hit! Sounded harder than it was. A delicious and easy treat! Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago



    I can't wait to make them, sounds refreshing.!

    4 years ago

  • VenusFashionServices

    VenusFashionServices says:

    That made up the mood of a foodies taste buds. It's beautifull to learn about other cultures through their food because food is reveals so much about a culture, a nation, a history of that place...

    4 years ago

  • TheSuppliesDiva

    TheSuppliesDiva says:

    Thank you for the really good recipe, i cant'n wait to try it!

    4 years ago

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  • LotusStone

    LotusStone says:

    as an aside, it would be great to have a favoriting/heart feature for articles like this. I WANT these pops, but won't be able to make them for a few days, so I'll have to find a way to squirrel away the recipe so I can find it in a few days (also, every May for forever). yum!

    4 years ago

  • mroses

    mroses says:

    Oh yum!!! I am so trying those!

    4 years ago

  • OldMillVintage

    OldMillVintage says:

    Mmmmmmmm Mmmmmmmm GOOD !!!

    4 years ago

  • OldMillVintage

    OldMillVintage says:

    Can't wait to try the BERRY MINT ones... have to wait just a few more weeks here Downeast for the blackberries to ripen... Thank-You for the great recipies...glad I found you !!!

    4 years ago

  • GreenGraph

    GreenGraph says:

    This will come in handy out here in NY

    4 years ago

  • catianna

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    4 years ago

  • maussie64

    maussie64 says:

    How soft is the rice supposed to be after soaking al night? Mine didn't come out very soft and when I blended it, I made paste. 8(

    4 years ago

  • LizzyLizano

    LizzyLizano says:

    Trying this :)

    4 years ago

  • melodine

    melodine says:

    Can you believe I found Horchata in the soda fountain section of my corner AM/PM mini mart? I may have to try these with the yogurt...yummm! Thanks for the ideas!

    4 years ago

  • TrulyJulie

    TrulyJulie says:

    I am always up for trying a new cool treat!@ Love greek yogurt too~ for sure going to add this to my personal cookbook. Thanks!

    4 years ago

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  • empressbat

    empressbat says:

    oh they look delightful! As i am from Australia I had never heard of these treats. MUST MAKE SOME!!!!

    4 years ago

  • Bizzyisarose

    Bizzyisarose says:

    that's awesome!!! Looks soooo good :)

    3 years ago

  • iworkartwork

    Irma Galindo from iworkartwork says:

    Ahhh! My Mexico.... I'm so making this today, I'll use flour rice to speed the process. When I was young I used to buy agua fresca in my local market, to horror of the lady that sells the agua fresca I use to combine the Horchata water with limonade...yummmm! Try that!

    3 years ago

  • sarai317

    Ana Jimenez says:

    just fyi, horchata is pronounced with a silent h. You don't wanna go around saying whorechata haha

    2 years ago

  • babybayrs

    babybayrs from babybayrs says:

    It seems a few people have been asking about the mold. I found the exact ice pop mold in my local grocery store (before I found this post) for more than $4. And then I found almost exact one in Dollar Tree for $1 of course. The mold works fine. The straw is interesting but not very useful. The real problem is you have to consume the pops before you can make more. What you really need is the extra food grade wood sticks which I have looked in a dozen stores which all don't have. But amazon has it usually together with the 10 pops mold.For the wood sticks, you'll have to freeze the purée for 1-2 hour and then insert the stick to prevent it settle to the tip of the ice pop.

    2 years ago

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