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Remember Bomb Pops? Growing up, those icy red, white and blue pops tasted like summer on a stick. But now that I’m older and slightly wiser, I set out to make a better-tasting version with real fruit — think strawberries, coconut and blueberries versus blue raspberry (whatever that is). And, oh look, it’s just in time for the Fourth of July!

Red White and Blue Popsicles

I’ll be celebrating America’s (probably sweltering hot) birthday with these icy pops (and maybe some of these spiked ones, too). Read on for the recipe so you can, too.

Blue Ice Pops
Red, White and Blue Ice Pops
Makes 10 pops

Ingredients and Supplies
10-piece ice pop mold (No molds? Use paper cups with Popsicle sticks.)
10 wooden craft sticks
3/4 cup sugar
Juice of 2-3 limes
1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup coconut milk

Directions

Make simple syrup. Combine sugar and 3/4 cup water in a small saucepan. Place pan on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves completely. Remove from heat and let cool.

Make strawberry layer. Hull (cut the tops off) the strawberries and slice them into large chunks. In a blender, combine sliced strawberries, 1/4 cup simple syrup, and 1 tablespoon lime juice (or more to taste) and blend until smooth.  (Note: the flavors will be muddled when frozen, so make each layer slightly sweeter and tarter than you think it should be.) Fill each ice pop mold 1/3 of the way up with the strawberry mixture. Place in freezer for at least 1 hour before adding second layer.

Make coconut layer. In the blender, combine 1 cup coconut milk, 1/4 cup simple syrup and 1 tablespoon lime juice, or more to taste. Blend until frothy, about 2 minutes. Distribute the coconut milk mixture evenly atop the strawberry layer, or until each mold is 2/3 full.  If using an ice pop mold, thread craft sticks through the top of the mold. If using cups, wait about 30-45 minutes before placing sticks in the mold to allow the coconut layer to begin to set up. Wait at least 1 hour before adding third layer.

Make blueberry layer. In the blender, combine 1 cup blueberries, 1/4 cup simple syrup and 1 tablespoon lime juice, or more to taste. Blend until smooth. Carefully remove the ice pop mold’s “lid” and fill the molds to the top with the blueberry mixture. Freeze until completely solid, a few hours or overnight.

Unmold and enjoy! To unmold the ice pops, run the cups or molds under hot water for a few seconds, then pull the pops out by the stick. Wrap with parchment paper and store in an airtight container.

Red White and Blue Popsicles

Here’s to a happy (and cool) 4th of July!

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16 Responses

  1. Lydia says:

    Would wax paper work too, like the parchment paper? I'm not much in the kitchen but these really look great and I was just wondering.

  2. Pam says:

    YUMMO! LOOKS GOOD.

  3. Keri says:

    I've made something similar to this before. I'm going to try this recipe now. Thanks.

  4. Sharon McLain says:

    Making my mouth water just looking at these.

  5. Carly Price says:

    I am not sure if anyone has suggested this, but if you can locate an old French wooden bottle drying tree, and loop it with christmas lights before putting the bottles on, its spectacular looking!

  6. Sherri says:

    I would love to have a copy of PATRIOTIC ICE POPS, but there is no PRINT button. I even tried using "File", then "Print" under that in my upper toolbar (I have Firefox), but nothing printed on the pages except the header. Other sites have no problems printing recipes, so why won't they print on HGTV?? I'd really appreciate an answer!! Thanks ever so much.

    • Pam says:

      Hi Sherri, I just made a copy of this recipe to print off and this is how to do it.
      1. Highlight the recipe and then hit ctrl c to copy it.
      2. Then open up word and you will paste it using ctrl v and now you have a copy to print off.
      3. Ctrl p to print it.

      Hope it works for you!

    • Kathy says:

      Sherri, You could try adding to FAVORITES and then print. I just saved to my recipes in my favorites and it pulled up just fine. Good Luck.

  7. Margo says:

    Did you use canned coconut milk or the kind in the box?

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