Blackberry Popsicles

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I love popsicles.  They are the one sweet I always have in the house , even in the winter.  After 41 days of over 100+ degree temperatures in Austin, my favorite treat has also become a vital survival tool.   I’ve started taking a popsicle break about  each day, just when I don’t think I can take the heat anymore.

Last year, I was given a vintage popsicle kit by my stepmother and I’ve started making my own popsicles rather than buying them at the store.  I get to use the freshest produce available and I control how much and what type of sweetener I am using.

Vintage Popsicle Set

I love my vintage pop molds, but if you prefer a speedier method, you might also consider a quick pop maker like this one featured on The Kitchn site.

You can get quite elaborate with your popsicle recipes (see links below), but a basic mixture is pureed fruit combined with simple syrup and any spice or flavoring you want to add.

I chose blackberry popsicles for my first experiment and decided to keep it simple – just fruit and simple syrup.

Blackberry Popsicles

1 pint blackberries
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water

Place the blackberries in a blender and process until you have a smooth puree.

Place a thin mesh strainer over a bowl and pour the blackberry mixture into the strainer to remove the seeds.  Run a wooden spoon over the mixture to force the juice through the seeds.

While the blackberry mixture is straining, make the simple syrup by boiling the sugar and water in a saucepan, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.  Remove the pan from the heat.

Remove the strainer from the bowl and combine the blackberry mixture with the simple syrup.

Place the molds on a cookie sheet and pour the mixture into the molds.

Blackberry popsicles pre-freezer

Once the popsicles are frozen solid, run the molds under cool water to loosen the popsicle from the mold.  Gently press the popsicle out of the mold.  (Gently! I’ve already broken one stick.)

Blackberry Popsicle

Don’t you just love the eskimo!  I feel cooler already.

If you want to get fancy, here are a few other sites with fun popsicle recipes.  Everyone must be overheated this summer!

Mark Bittman’s popsicles four ways (sweet, savory, creamy, boozy)

Six popsicle recipes from Women’s Health Magazine

Cooking Light’s Beat the Heat with Icy Treats (not strictly popsicles)

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