Adzuki beans—also known as azuki or Asian red beans—are frequently used in desserts across Asia, in countries like China, Japan, and Korea. Keeping some of the beans whole in these creamy ice pops helps add a bit of texture.
Special equipment: You will need freezer pop molds for this recipe. We used these molds, but any kind will work. If yours don’t come with sticks that attach securely, you can buy wooden sticks and insert them 1 hour into the freezing time.
What to buy: This recipe uses canned adzuki beans that have been sweetened and mashed slightly for a chunky texture. They can be found in Asian markets or online and are not to be confused with red bean paste, which is much smoother in texture.
This recipe was featured as part of our 7 Ice Pops That Break the Mold.