4th of July Popsicles

I’ve seen lots of great looking popsicles all over the blogosphere lately which led me to wonder about what would make a colorful red, white, and blue 4th of July popsicle. Blue I knew would come from blueberries and the red could come from strawberries, raspberries, or even cherries. But where would the white come from? The only thing that came to mind was coconut milk or perhaps a fizzy clear drink like a lemon-lime soda. So instead of picking just one I decided to try them all.

I have a popsicle mold which makes ten popsicles so I tried all sorts of different variations while filling the molds. At one point I used my muddler and muddled some strawberries creating a thick paste to fill the bottom of the mold — one-third with strawberries, about two-thirds with coconut milk, and then I plopped some blueberries into the sea of creamy coconut milk.

The next popsicle is clear and allows the strawberries and blueberries to look like they’re suspended in air. First I filled the mold with cut up strawberries and whole blueberries then I filled the mold with lemon-lime soda. The final popsicle has an elegant and crystallized finish.

The surprise always comes at the reveal because never having made these I didn’t know what the final popsicles would look or taste like. My kids couldn’t wait to taste them and the hardest part was having to wait for several hours for the popsicles to set. The final popsicle is similar to the second popsicle but instead of using lemon-lime soda, I filled the popsicle mold with coconut milk. This one is my favorite, but probably because I’m a sucker for anything with coconut milk.

My two kids and niece who is visiting from Colorado enjoyed testing the popsicles and giving me their opinions of their favorite. They love to test our recipes. So here are direct quotes from each one of them regarding their favorite popsicle.

So there you have it, from the mouths of kids. Have a wonderful and pleasant 4th of July my friends. Grill, eat, and be happy!

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4th of July Popsicles

Yield: Makes 10 popsicles

Ingredients:

Simple Syrup
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water

Popsicles
2 baskets of strawberries, rinsed, hulled, and chopped
2 baskets of blueberries, rinsed
1 (16-ounce) can coconut milk
1 (12-ounce) can lemon-lime soda

Directions:

Simple Syrup:
Combine water and sugar and heat until sugar dissolves. Makes about 1 ½ cups of simple syrup. Set aside until it cools.

Popsicles:
Combine coconut milk with one cup of simple syrup.

Fill the popsicle molds with strawberries and blueberries. Next fill each mold with sprite and others with coconut milk.

For a stripped look muddle a handful of strawberries and fill about 1/3 of the mold with the mashed strawberries, gently add some coconut milk on top of the mashed strawberries, and finally plop some blueberries into the milk.

Place the lid over the mold and add the popsicle sticks. Place in the freezer and allow time for the popsicles to set, about 4 hours or overnight.

Note: If you do not have a popsicle mold you can always use small plastic or paper cups, available at most grocery stores.

Written by Veronica / Photos by Veronica

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10 Responses to “4th of July Popsicles”

  1. 1
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 2, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

    Love the whole berries in these festive pops!

    • Muy Bueno replied: — July 4th, 2012 @ 2:09 am

      Laura that’s what the kids loved about them too, who are our biggest critics!

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    Truly, I live in a world of creative paletas here in Mexico. But I don’t think I’ve seen any this appealing. Great combination!

    • Muy Bueno replied: — July 4th, 2012 @ 2:11 am

      Gracias Victoria, I love this time of year when so many berries explode on the scene. I agree, Mexico must have some AMAZING paletas to choose from. Looking forward to the day when I can see it for myself.

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    Karen Harris — July 3, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    I will be making some of these soon. I just love the look and can only imagine how refreshing and delicious they must be.

    • Muy Bueno replied: — July 4th, 2012 @ 2:13 am

      Karen these really are great on a hot summer day! Let us know the fruits you used, send your pix to us on facebook, we’d love to see your creation.

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    Jessica Reyes — July 3, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    These were so simple to make!! I have ice pop molds in the shape of rockets so they were perfect for the 4th. I also experimented with grapes and raspberries. Back home we have paleteros so when I saw this, it reminded me of the little corner of Texas where I grew up. They’re in the freezer, now I just have to wait.

    • Muy Bueno replied: — July 4th, 2012 @ 2:14 am

      Ohhhh, can’t wait to see your pix…please send them to us on our facebook page…the rocket shapes do sound wonderful!

  5. 5

    You asked how I use cajeta? Probably in conventional ways…on crepes with nuts, on ice cream, inside molten chocolate cakes with ancho chile, in an impossible cake (homemade–not mixes, of course) where the flan separates from the cake (recipe on my blog).

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    Brenda Pennington — November 2, 2014 @ 5:22 pm

    I can’t wait until the summer of 2015 the 4th of july ,to make the red white and blue ice pop’s, they look so patriotic, a great way to cheer for our men, Who are fighting for our freedom, a special thank you to our men,

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