This Fourth of July, stay cool while showing off your patriotic pride with these fun and festive Red, White, and Blue Ice Pops! The kids will love eating them, and you’ll love that you know exactly what goes into them! Our handy how-to walks you through how to make these yummy treats for the kids—or yourself. After all, tasty treats know no age!
Step 1: First gather your ingredients: ¾ cup strawberries (halved and hulled), 3 tablespoons, superfine sugar (separated), 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons lemon juice (separated), ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon honey, and ¾ cup blueberries.
Ingredient tip: Do not use reduced-fat or fat-free Greek yogurt.
Step 2: To make the red layer, combine the strawberries and 1 tablespoon of sugar in a medium bowl. Let stand, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is syrupy and completely dissolved, about 5 minutes.
Step 3: Transfer the syrupy strawberries to a food processor with 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Pulse the mixture in the processor until it’s smooth. Evenly divide the mixture into six 3-oz ice pop molds, and freeze them until almost firm—about 40 minutes.
Step 4: To make the white layer, whisk together the yogurt, honey, and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice in a small bowl. Remove the molds from the freezer and evenly top the red layer with the yogurt mixture, filling the next third of the molds. Freeze until almost firm, about 30 minutes.
Step 5: To make the blue layer, combine the blueberries and 2 tablespoons of sugar in a medium bowl. Let stand, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is syrupy and completely dissolved, about 5 minutes.
Step 6: Transfer the blueberries and syrup to a food processor with the remaining 1-tablespoon lemon juice, and pulse the berry mixture until it’s smooth.
Step 7: Remove the molds from the freezer. If you’re using ice pop sticks, insert them through the yogurt layer.
Step 8: Top the molds evenly with the blueberry mixture, leaving a quarter-inch of free space at the top. If you’re using mold covers, put them on now. Finally, pop them back in the freezer until they are completely frozen, about 6 hours or overnight.
To serve, dip the bottom of each mold in hot water for about 10 seconds to loosen them. Remove the festive pops from the molds, and serve them immediately!
Do you have any at-home ice pop recipes that you love? Let us hear them in the comments section!