Summertime 2018! I’m ready to freeze food on a stick again, so allow me to occasionally “pop up” with popsicles throughout this summer.

Again, I’m using the Progressive Freezer Pop Maker, which includes the base, cover, and wooden sticks to make 10 pops at a time. It’s easy and once you have it, there’s no excuse not to make pops.

Let me tell you what I don’t want from a popsicle. I don’t want corn syrup or artificial colors. I don’t want too much sugar. (If I wanted these things, I’d buy popsicles in a box from the supermarket.) I don’t want much fuss.

My first cool treat is the “Dragon Fruit Ice Pop,” from Pineapple & Coconut. I was interested because I’ve never been near a dragon fruit. What is it? It’s a South American cactus fruit, with a compelling pink skin. The texture of the speckled fruit inside resembles that of a kiwi fruit.

The three ingredients here -- dragon fruit, coconut water, lime juice -- freeze with an unassertive flavor. You’ll get a timid ice pop. But now I’m ready for summer!

Stand by for more summertime pop-ups soon.