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Jul 21, 2011

by Kimberley Hasselbrink handmade and vintage goods

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?


  • pillowfactory

    pillowfactory said 9 years ago


  • devitjandra

    devitjandra said 9 years ago

    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!

  • SimplyMadeByErin

    SimplyMadeByErin said 9 years ago

    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.

  • mtraub

    mtraub said 9 years ago

    I want these always, now, forever.

  • DarlingDesignsbyTNG

    DarlingDesignsbyTNG said 9 years ago

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

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 9 years ago

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

  • kibblesnknits

    kibblesnknits said 9 years ago

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

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 9 years ago

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

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 9 years ago

    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!!

  • TheBloomingThread

    TheBloomingThread said 9 years ago


  • fbstudiovt

    fbstudiovt said 9 years ago

    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 :)

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 9 years ago

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

  • aBreathofFrenchair

    aBreathofFrenchair said 9 years ago

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

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas said 9 years ago

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

  • zurdokero

    zurdokero said 9 years ago

    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.

  • littlejarofhearts

    littlejarofhearts said 9 years ago

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

  • Nana84

    Nana84 said 9 years ago

    My daughters favorite,Horchata!!

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 9 years ago

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

  • junkyardglitter

    junkyardglitter said 9 years ago

    Yea. These look amazing.

  • AllUsedUp

    AllUsedUp said 9 years ago

    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!

  • whiteseason

    whiteseason said 9 years ago

    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.

  • SanWiches

    SanWiches said 9 years ago

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

  • SanWiches

    SanWiches said 9 years ago


  • SanWiches

    SanWiches said 9 years ago


  • herbolution

    herbolution said 9 years ago


  • MaryandLil

    MaryandLil said 9 years ago

    Looks delicious!

  • JasmineLund

    JasmineLund said 9 years ago

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

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 9 years ago

    Wow, looks delicious

  • nickelodeon01

    nickelodeon01 said 9 years ago

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

  • SweetlyScrappedArt

    SweetlyScrappedArt said 9 years ago

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

  • nuevodesigns

    nuevodesigns said 9 years ago

    Looks yummy!

  • AnnikaLane

    AnnikaLane said 9 years ago

    yum! yum! yum!

  • StrayNabeeVintage

    StrayNabeeVintage said 9 years ago

    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 =)

  • nellsfinderskeepers

    nellsfinderskeepers said 9 years ago

    Ohhh, bless ya for posting this!

  • tennyoceres

    tennyoceres said 9 years ago

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

  • meringuedesigns

    meringuedesigns said 9 years ago

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

  • lv2cr8

    lv2cr8 said 9 years ago

    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.


    DAINTYCROCHETBYALY said 9 years ago

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

  • mamif

    mamif said 9 years ago


  • lenamiller

    lenamiller said 9 years ago

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

  • SELVIDGEByRachidaS

    SELVIDGEByRachidaS said 9 years ago

    yucky stuff, and cool stuff :)

  • ElegantRoseBoutique

    ElegantRoseBoutique said 9 years ago

    Might have to try these! Thanks!

  • cocoandmilkweed

    cocoandmilkweed said 9 years ago


  • specola

    specola said 9 years ago

    so that's what vampire weekend was singing about

  • stepbackink

    stepbackink said 9 years ago

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

  • AZALEAstudio

    AZALEAstudio said 9 years ago

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

  • sushibooties

    sushibooties said 9 years ago

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

  • deathbycupcake

    deathbycupcake said 9 years ago

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

  • trulyenchanted

    trulyenchanted said 9 years ago

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

  • proteales

    proteales said 9 years ago

    Anything with Greek yogurt is good!

  • DancingMooney

    DancingMooney said 9 years ago

    Yumm! I would never have thought of this! ♥

  • ShelleAnne

    ShelleAnne said 9 years ago

    I LOVE Horchata - might have to try this!

  • MissPattisAttic

    MissPattisAttic said 9 years ago

    I can just taste things! Thanks for sharing!

  • raptinwire

    raptinwire said 9 years ago

    Sounds great. Thanks for sharing.

  • CovetedVintage

    CovetedVintage said 9 years ago

    love them! :)

  • ddfoto

    ddfoto said 9 years ago

    Sounds perfect for this hot weather!!

  • raganella

    raganella said 9 years ago

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

  • FolkandFairyTale

    FolkandFairyTale said 9 years ago

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

  • Armalique

    Armalique said 9 years ago

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

  • TheNuttyAcorn

    TheNuttyAcorn said 9 years ago

    Yummy! Thanks so much for sharing. :]

  • Enrahute

    Enrahute said 9 years ago

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

  • petitor

    petitor said 9 years ago

    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.

  • Powerofflower

    Powerofflower said 9 years ago

    Sounds great!

  • PinkNeedleDesign

    PinkNeedleDesign said 9 years ago

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

  • hattieshouse

    hattieshouse said 9 years ago

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

  • flyingpignc

    flyingpignc said 9 years ago

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

  • Alaroycreature

    Alaroycreature said 9 years ago

    duuude, i love the horchata my mom makes.

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 9 years ago

    sounds yummy

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 9 years ago

    I say si to horchata!

  • mamalong7910

    mamalong7910 said 9 years ago

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

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 9 years ago


  • baublesnfripperies

    baublesnfripperies said 9 years ago

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

  • totallyoutofhand

    totallyoutofhand said 9 years ago

    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!

  • Emmantine

    Emmantine said 9 years ago

    yummm! i wanna make those!

  • kuloft

    kuloft said 9 years ago

    Wow!!! I love it.

  • jungledread

    jungledread said 9 years ago

    different - I like it!

  • Xenotees

    Xenotees said 9 years ago

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

  • Tiffabulous

    Tiffabulous said 9 years ago

    Wow interesting. I really want to try this.

  • Izzoinked

    Izzoinked said 9 years ago


  • AprilsMarieJewelry

    AprilsMarieJewelry said 9 years ago

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

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios said 9 years ago

    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.

  • CrudeThings

    CrudeThings said 9 years ago

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

  • beemine

    beemine said 9 years ago

    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!

  • BlueMoonLights

    BlueMoonLights said 9 years ago

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

  • dabbledesigns

    dabbledesigns said 9 years ago

    OMG YUM!

  • enyarce

    enyarce said 9 years ago

    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!!!

  • allwrappedupcoffee

    allwrappedupcoffee said 9 years ago

    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!

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 9 years ago

    Yum ~ what a great way to cool down!

  • blueridgewoodworking

    blueridgewoodworking said 9 years ago

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

  • TokulVintage

    TokulVintage said 9 years ago

    Thank you! So simple. So sweet.

  • handandglove

    handandglove said 9 years ago


  • audreytolove

    audreytolove said 9 years ago

    Lovely! thanks.

  • TheLotusRoot

    TheLotusRoot said 9 years ago

    great idea! thanks so much for sharing this.

  • whack

    whack said 9 years ago

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

  • ninavizz

    ninavizz said 9 years ago

    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?

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 9 years ago

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

  • Aventus

    Aventus said 9 years ago

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

  • beliz82

    beliz82 said 9 years ago

    Looks delicious Thank for the recipe :)

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 9 years ago

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

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 9 years ago

    Looks delicious! Thanks so much !

  • squibbles76

    squibbles76 said 9 years ago

    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.

  • milkthiefvintage

    milkthiefvintage said 9 years ago

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

  • boutiquebylulu

    boutiquebylulu said 9 years ago

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

  • MadisonStreetBeauty
  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 9 years ago

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

  • fantasiabridalveils

    fantasiabridalveils said 9 years ago

    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!

  • Verluisant

    Verluisant said 9 years ago

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

  • ShoponSherman

    ShoponSherman said 9 years ago

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

  • CoralDesignCo

    CoralDesignCo said 9 years ago

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

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 9 years ago

    Oh these sound so yummy!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 9 years ago

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

  • ElisaGomez

    ElisaGomez said 9 years ago

    I'm making it right I go :)

  • PetiteLemon

    PetiteLemon said 9 years ago

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

  • SpiceofLifeDesigns

    SpiceofLifeDesigns said 9 years ago kids love horchata so we'll definitely have to try this one!

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 9 years ago


  • sewlola

    sewlola said 9 years ago

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

  • StrawberryButton

    StrawberryButton said 9 years ago

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

  • sugarcookie

    sugarcookie said 9 years ago

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

  • pezzazz

    pezzazz said 9 years ago


  • continentaldrift

    continentaldrift said 9 years ago

    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.

  • Balanced

    Balanced said 9 years ago

    goodness, these sound delicious!

  • stevexsteve

    stevexsteve said 9 years ago

    I love horchata! I will try it.

  • PaperFlora

    PaperFlora said 9 years ago

    Off the store to buy ingredients!!

  • Tanith

    Tanith said 9 years ago

    Those look so good! I have gotta try these!

  • crystaltwister

    crystaltwister said 9 years ago


  • Gotta23Skidoo

    Gotta23Skidoo said 9 years ago

    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.

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 9 years ago

    yummy nummmers :)

  • ChristinaRomeo

    ChristinaRomeo said 9 years ago

    Very Cool!

  • silayaya

    silayaya said 9 years ago

    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.

  • kittykanzashi

    kittykanzashi said 9 years ago

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

  • saltcitydesign

    saltcitydesign said 9 years ago

    omg! love. making these this weekend for sure.

  • vickijenkinsart

    vickijenkinsart said 9 years ago

    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?

  • issyandana

    issyandana said 9 years ago

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

  • HoneygoBeasleyCards

    HoneygoBeasleyCards said 9 years ago

    How many Weight Watcher points? ; )

  • BirdiesCozyNest

    BirdiesCozyNest said 9 years ago

    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. :)

  • ShilohWinterJewelry

    ShilohWinterJewelry said 9 years ago

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

  • MomsCrochetShop

    MomsCrochetShop said 9 years ago

    Do you start with cooked or uncooked rice?

  • blaseyly

    blaseyly said 9 years ago


  • simplycharminglife

    simplycharminglife said 9 years ago

    cannot wait to try these out! thanks for sharing.

  • AuraGaia

    AuraGaia said 9 years ago

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

  • TheSweetPetunia

    TheSweetPetunia said 9 years ago

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

  • nonchalantgirl

    nonchalantgirl said 9 years ago

    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).

  • ChocolateStarShop

    ChocolateStarShop said 9 years ago

    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!

  • AdornmentsNYC

    AdornmentsNYC said 9 years ago

    that sounds delicious and refreshing!

  • ShortSweetMoniq

    ShortSweetMoniq said 9 years ago

    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.

  • ovejitabe

    ovejitabe said 9 years ago

    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 :)

  • ExpressoItaliano

    ExpressoItaliano said 9 years ago

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

  • HoofAndAntler

    HoofAndAntler said 9 years ago

    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.

  • prprinces19

    prprinces19 said 9 years ago

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

  • Savi

    Savi said 9 years ago

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

  • MarshaNealStudio

    MarshaNealStudio said 9 years ago

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

  • gabbieguz

    gabbieguz said 9 years ago

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

  • amyparadis

    amyparadis said 9 years ago

    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.

  • BoondockG

    BoondockG said 9 years ago

    These sound delicious. Must try!

  • continentaldrift

    continentaldrift said 9 years ago

    @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.

  • MakeForYou

    MakeForYou said 9 years ago

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

  • gemaliciousbeads

    gemaliciousbeads said 9 years ago

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

  • betsaronie

    betsaronie said 9 years ago

    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!!

  • Sobai

    Sobai said 9 years ago

    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.

  • mariantonieta

    mariantonieta said 9 years ago

    I like it!

  • inthehammockvintage

    inthehammockvintage said 9 years ago

    These look delicious! Thank you for the recipe!

  • amyparadis

    amyparadis said 9 years ago

    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.

  • AngelicbyNikki

    AngelicbyNikki said 9 years ago

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

  • AmberRaeCreations

    AmberRaeCreations said 9 years ago

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

  • coinicopia

    coinicopia said 9 years ago

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

  • icime1989

    icime1989 said 9 years ago

    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

  • SockMonkeysAndBacon

    SockMonkeysAndBacon said 9 years ago

    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.

  • neulanen

    neulanen said 9 years ago

    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...

  • NostalgiaGoodies

    NostalgiaGoodies said 9 years ago

    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!!!

  • treasureimports

    treasureimports said 9 years ago

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

  • sstormster1

    sstormster1 said 9 years ago

    sounds amazing! I love Horchata

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 9 years ago

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

  • cupcaketutus

    cupcaketutus said 9 years ago

    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!

  • Gypsyharte

    Gypsyharte said 9 years ago

    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!

  • gnormyle

    gnormyle said 9 years ago

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


    ZUBEAJAY said 9 years ago

    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.

  • bethanybee858

    bethanybee858 said 9 years ago

    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?

  • PinesVintageClothing

    PinesVintageClothing said 9 years ago

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

  • continentaldrift

    continentaldrift said 9 years ago

    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.

  • KevinMcCain10

    KevinMcCain10 said 9 years ago

    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.

  • amyparadis

    amyparadis said 9 years ago

    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 :)

  • raeburnink

    raeburnink said 9 years ago

    love. thanks!!!

  • pennysaver1956

    pennysaver1956 said 9 years ago

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


    OLDGRAYPARROT said 9 years ago

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

  • VenusFashionServices

    VenusFashionServices said 9 years ago

    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...

  • TheSuppliesDiva

    TheSuppliesDiva said 9 years ago

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

  • girliepains

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  • LotusStone

    LotusStone said 9 years ago

    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!

  • mroses

    mroses said 9 years ago

    Oh yum!!! I am so trying those!

  • OldMillVintage

    OldMillVintage said 9 years ago

    Mmmmmmmm Mmmmmmmm GOOD !!!

  • OldMillVintage

    OldMillVintage said 9 years ago

    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 !!!

  • GreenGraph

    GreenGraph said 9 years ago

    This will come in handy out here in NY

  • catianna

    catianna said 9 years ago


  • maussie64

    maussie64 said 9 years ago

    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(

  • LizzyLizano

    LizzyLizano said 9 years ago

    Trying this :)

  • melodine

    melodine said 9 years ago

    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!

  • TrulyJulie

    TrulyJulie said 9 years ago

    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!

  • SewSweetObsession

    SewSweetObsession said 9 years ago


  • empressbat

    empressbat said 9 years ago

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

  • Bizzyisarose

    Bizzyisarose said 9 years ago

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

  • iworkartwork

    Irma Galindo from iworkartwork said 8 years ago

    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!

  • sarai317

    Ana Jimenez said 7 years ago

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

  • babybayrs

    babybayrs from babybayrs said 7 years ago

    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.

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