Raspberry Hibiscus Popsicles

August 11, 2014

Raspberry Hibiscus Popsicles


When my mum first bought a popsicle mold, I was about 8 years old.
I got super excited and filled it with gummy bears and Sprite.
The coolest popsicles of all time, if you ask me.
Next, I ventured into making milk and Nesquik popsicles.
I honestly thought I had cracked the recipe for making chocolate. After all, chocolate is cocoa in solid form, right?
Sadly, my dreams were crushed the following day, when I discovered I had just made frozen chocolate flavored milk. Bummer.
Growing up, I stuck to making popsicles by pouring pink lemonade (created with or without powder) in the molds, letting them freeze and eating them outside so we didn’t sticky up the kitchen floor.



It wasn’t until I became an adult that I realized popsicles could be fancified — and obviously, many others had the same epiphany I did.
Pops have nowadays gone artisanal and upscale, exploding in a kaleidoscope of options.
Icy or creamy bases, decadent or fat-free, vegan or paleo. Some even contain alcohol: how grown-up is that?
Still, my faves remain popsicles made with real fruit.
They’re not only delish, I think that they also serve a great opportunity to be a gateway drug for those people (well, kids) who are so darn weird they don’t eat fruit on their own.

Raspberry Hibiscus Popsicles


Take for instance these raspberry hibiscus pops. They combine two of my favorite things: raspberries and hibiscus tea.
If you’re not familiar, hibiscus tea is an infusion of dried hibiscus flowers. It has a slight tartness and a beautiful red color that goes perfectly with the raspberries.
Honey adds some sweetness, but not too much.
These are quite frankly perfectly sweet, well-made popsicles (flavor wise not technically).
I’m sure that even the most fruit-adverse kid would be swayed.
But then, what kid doesn't like raspberries?

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Ingredients
Makes about 8 popsicles (depending on the size of your mold though)

3 cups / 13.5 oz / 375 gr fresh raspberries
2 cups / 500 ml hibiscus tea, brewed and chilled (green tea also works)
2 to 3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup (if using honey pick one with a mild taste)

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a blender (or food processor) and blend until smooth and creamy if you don’t want the raspberry seeds in your popsicles, set a fine-mesh strainer over a medium and strain the mixture pressing the solids down).
Divide mixture between popsicle molds and freeze for at least 6 hours.
Dip bottoms of molds into hot water 20 to 30 seconds to loosen pops. Remove from molds and serve.

Nutrition facts

One popsicle yields 44 calories, 0 grams of fat, 11 grams of carbs and 0 grams of protein.

25 comments :

  1. Absolutely awesome, Mike. Love the flavors! I love making popsicles, especially this time of year. Great job!

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    1. Coming from you Matt, it's golden. You're like the King of Pops!

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  2. They look fantastic Mike!

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  3. Oh, I love hibiscus tea - I went through a phase of drinking a lot of it, infused with a micro-touch of vanilla - then cooling it down and serving over ice cubes. Heaven. I like to sweeten it with agave, but at some point I got used to its slightly tart taste and did not even add any sweetener.

    lovely idea this grown-up popsicle... now you got me thinking me needs to order a popsicle-maker-thingie.

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    1. You my friend are always one step ahead, I'm so trying this hibiscus vanilla iced tea!

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    2. Not really. I suspect that in a 5 mile run I would be 2,300 steps behind you, huffing and puffing..... but wait for me, I'll cross that finish line even if it kills me! ;-)

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  4. These are awesome! I love the use of the hibiscus tea combined with raspberries, such a perfect combo!

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    1. Thanks D, raspberry and hibiscus complement each other so well!

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  5. These look delicious, Mike! I love popsicles and anything frozen, really, so these are right up my alley. :-)

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  6. Love these Mike, great idea using the tea!

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    1. The tea adds a lot of flavor C, it's so so good!

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  7. Mike these are awesome...Now you've put me on a mission to find a popsicle mould ;-) Thanx for sharing this!

    xoxo
    www.cookwithdesy.com

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    1. Get a Pops mold and start having fun, it's like the greatest toy ever!

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  8. These look amazing!!! I have been seeing these "fancied" popsicles everywhere!!! Ugg... Really need a mould!

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    1. You deffo need a mold Anne, it's a great little toy!

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  9. Dude, once again you have lived up to the title of Alpha Wolf. These pops are impressive! But I need to know if you still sticky up the kitchen floor when you eat them? #WolfpackEats

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    1. I actually do, totally on purpose. At times I drop the pop on the floor, let it melt and then lick it. Wolfpack's style! ;)

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  10. Okay... I do not like popsicles. At all. But these have to be the best darn looking popsicles I've ever laid my eyes on. Almost makes me want to have one.

    You've really outdone yourself, my friend. These pictures are simply, purely amazing!

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you Sonia, you're making me blush!

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  11. yum! I love raspberries. wonder where I can get hibiscus though. thanks for another epic recipe! xx. gigi. www.gigikkitchen.com

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    1. Both Whole Foods and Trader Joe's carry Hibiscus, as well as many other grocers. You should have no prob finding it!

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  12. love that you used hibiscus and raspberries together... it's one of the great flavour combinations. i usually make a raspberry and hibiscus iced tea in the summer so i can imagine these popsicles taste pretty similar. they look delicious mike!

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  13. gummy bears and sprite?! My wife would totally love those hahahahaha. Loving this flavor combo... never would have thought of using hibiscus! And can I just say... these are my fave photos from you. They are really beautiful!

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