Written by contributor Marieke Beeler of M for Mommy.
With the temperatures on the rise and summer vacation in full swing, it is time to bust out the molds and find a good popsicle recipe. After all, there are few things more fun than making, enjoying…and possibly wearing popsicles with your little one on a hot sunny afternoon.
Before you launch yourself into the kitchen, allow me to put out a word of caution:
I made these popsicles in May and the wooden spoon is still stained pink. So strip the kids down to their underwear or put on dark aprons if the kids are helping you in the kitchen. There will be some stirring and a lot of tasting happening before these beauties disappear into the freezer.
Oh, and have the garden hose (or shower) ready. Think that the popsicle-making is messy? Think again. It’s the consumption that is truly MESSY! Though I wouldn’t go as far as having my children eat their popsicles in the bathtub, fun didn’t stop when the popsicles were gone. It simply continued in the grass with the garden hose on high.
Blackberry Lemonade Popsicle Recipe
These Blackberry Lemonade Popsicles are made with fresh ingredients and taste delicious! Makes: 8-10 popsicles
4-5 cups fresh blackberries
1 cup water
1 cup sugar (I used 1 cup and decided that I could use less. I’m going to try 3/4 cup the next time and see how that works out.)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
Purée the blackberries in a blender. Strain the purée through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing the solids to extract as much juice as possible to yield 1 1/2 cup purée. Discard the solids. Heat the water, sugar, and lemon juice in a small sauce pan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Stir the lemon syrup into the purée. Pour the purée into 3-ounce paper cups or molds.
If you’re using wooden sticks, freeze the purée for 30 minutes in cups or molds before inserting the sticks. That way they will remain standing straight.
TIP: If you have left over purée, do NOT discard it. Turn it into a blackberry cocktail when the clock hits 5pm. For the Ultimate Smooth Blackbery Cocktail visit Marieke at M for Mommy.
Recipe originally from Cuisine Tonight, Fresh & Fabulous, adapted by Marieke.
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