Cool Down Your 4th of July

4th of July is literally right around the corner. Washingtonians, whether you’re staying or leaving the DMV, it’s going to be a hot one. What’s the best way to beat the swamp town heat? Homemade popsicles of course!

I for one, always see popsicle molds throughout the spring and summer just about wherever I go. Not sure where to get them? Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Target about pretty sure bets. Popsicles may be my new obsession. I’m serious–I saw popsicle molds in the shapes of summer bugs, rocket ships, and of course, old faithful (the standard shape). My find of the shopping trip was… ring pop molds! The idea of Ring Pops always appealed to me growing up… even though they ended up being a sticky mess without fail. Now you can make your own frozen ring pops! Genius!

Popsicle molds

Popsicle molds

Popsicles don’t have to be chock full of added sugar and artificial flavors. Popsicle molds have enabled us to evolve! Gone are the days of freezing juice in paper cups and sticking a craft stick in the middle (though that was fun). Anything you can turn into a liquid, you can freeze. The possibilities are endless. We curated a post a while back with recipes for non-traditional popsicles (think mint, cucumber, figs) that you can read more on here

This time, we thought we’d get into a celebratory July 4th mood by creating some red, white and blue(berry) frozen treats. They are quite simple to make. However, be prepared to utilize a lot of your patience quota for the day because these treats take some time. 

4th of July Popsicles
Fruity popsicle, perfect for a hot summer's day.
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For the Red
  1. 8 oz. fresh strawberries
  2. 1/3 c. coconut water
For the White
  1. 1 c. (8 oz.) coconut milk
For the Blue
  1. 1 c. fresh blueberries (or frozen, thawed)
  2. 1/3 c. coconut water
Instructions
  1. Puree the blueberries and add in coconut water. Stir together well.
  2. Pour 1st layer (of desired thickness) into molds.
  3. Place in freezer for about least 1 hour, or until firm.
  4. Remove molds from freezer and pour layer of coconut milk on top of firmed blueberries.
  5. Place in freezer for about least 1 hour, or until firm.
  6. Puree strawberries and add in coconut water. Stir together well.
  7. Remove molds from freezer and pour layer of strawberry puree on top of firmed coconut milk.
  8. Repeat as many times as desired.
  9. Towards the end, don't forget to insert the base into the popsicle mold.
  10. To serve, run mold under water to loosen popsicles. Remove and serve immediately.
Notes
  1. If you like chunks of fruit in your popsicles, don't blend it as much. I made the batch pictured a little bit chunky.
https://www.chefxchange.com/blog/
Fruit Popsicle Recipe

Ring Pop-sicles

Both kid and grown-up approved! 

And there we have it. Red, white and blue(ish) popsicles. No added sugar and no artificial coloring. Once you make these… your brain will be abuzz with ideas. As I was writing this I had a thought–Aperol Spritz popsicles! If I had Aperol right now, I would whip up a batch. Please, join me in the popsicle craze 🙂

These popsicles would be great at your next BBQ or cookout. Not quite feeling up to the challenge of organizing and prepping for a BBQ? We understand. Do the fun stuff (you can borrow my Aperol Spritz idea if you want) and leave the rest to us. Our private chefs have got you covered.