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In July, New York hit a record number of days above 90 degrees. In the height of the heat wave, when fleeing to the beach or hopping on metro north wasn't an option, I found myself craving something cool and light to take the edge off. What better antidote to those sweltering, humid afternoons than a delicious, ice-cold popsicle?

Creamy frozen treats and lighter fruity options are everywhere, so I didn't have to look far for inspiration. Once I started digging, I found cool flavor combos, books, and pop-shops I never knew existed.

Of course, freezing some apple or orange juice in popsicle molds like I did growing up still does the trick, but check out my picks for some refreshing new twists on an old classic.

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The recipe for coconut-water ice pops in the July issue of Martha Stewart Living looks healthy and fantastic.

1 The recipe for coconut-water ice pops in the July issue of Martha Stewart Living looks healthy and fantastic.

Savory popsicles like these avocado flavored ones are all the rage. I'm definitely intrigued, although I'm more interested in the sweet and fruity flavor combos.

2 Savory popsicles like these avocado flavored ones are all the rage. I'm definitely intrigued, although I'm more interested in the sweet and fruity flavor combos.

People's Pops, a store devoted to making ice pops from local, organic fruits and vegetables, makes delicious flavors like strawberry rhubarb and basil-lime. Find them at Chelsea Market or in their new pop-up (no pun intended) on the Highline.

3 People's Pops, a store devoted to making ice pops from local, organic fruits and vegetables, makes delicious flavors like strawberry rhubarb and basil-lime. Find them at Chelsea Market or in their new pop-up (no pun intended) on the Highline.

Aren't these crazy popsicle molds fun? My godsons would go crazy for the sailboat and sandcastle shapes.

4 Aren't these crazy popsicle molds fun? My godsons would go crazy for the sailboat and sandcastle shapes.

5 "Paletas" is a cookbook devoted entirely to Mexican ice pops and frozen desserts. They feature recipes for flavors like roasted banana, apricot-chamomile, and spiced tomato-tequila –– I am sold.

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