Thursday, June 23, 2011

Raspberry Lemonade Popsicles & A Giveaway!

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There's nothing more refreshing than a cool berry popsicle on a hot humid summers day.  We have an ice cream truck that regularly circles through our neighborhood, which always makes me think about my childhood when my family and I would vacation at Myrtle Beach. The sound of the bell when the ice cream truck stopped at the top of the sand dune was always a sound my sister and cousins and I looked forward to.

The pictures of our favorite ice cream plastered along the side of the truck always made it so hard to choose.  Between the chaco taco, chipwich, firecracker, and snow cones... it was a tough decision to make every time.  Regardless of what was chosen, it was sure to cool us off and provide a sweet treat.

These amazingly delicious Raspberry Lemonade Popsicles remind me of my favorite firecracker popsicle.  The firecracker was layered with cherry, lemon, and blue raspberry. It was so patriotic looking with the layers of red, white, and blue- a perfectly appropriate summer time pop!  

Now imagine making your favorite childhood popsicle- homemade.  Made with real fruit and ingredients you can see for yourself.  No additives or preservatives here!  This recipe can be adapted to use whatever berry flavor is your favorite.  The original recipe I found was made with strawberry, but I love raspberries... if you want to change the flavor too just make sure to use a pint of fruit and the flavor options are endless!

I know I say this often, but this recipe is truly EASY. Only a few quick steps and you can have homemade popsicles your kids will love... and you can reminisce about your childhood memories with each pop too!


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To make your lemonade mixture, combine your lemon juice and sugar in a small sauce pot:

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Heat over medium/low heat and stir constantly until your sugar dissolves:

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In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine your lemon/sugar mixture and plain yogurt.  Whisk on medium/low speed until smooth, about 20 seconds. This step can also be done by hand.  Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate:

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To make your raspberry mixture, combine your raspberries, sugar, and water in a medium sauce pot:

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Heat over medium heat at a low simmer, stirring occasionally, until your raspberries are soft, about 2-3 minutes:

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Transfer your raspberries to a bowl, add the lemon juice, and mash the raspberries until pureed, but not liquefied:

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Chill your raspberry mixture in the refrigerator until cool.  I refrigerated both the raspberry and lemonade mixture overnight.

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Once cooled, add your yogurt and whisk until combined:

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Take your popsicle molds:

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And fill them with your fillings, rotating between the two.  I started with about 1 1/2 teaspoons of raspberry first:

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Then 1 tablespoon of lemonade mixture:

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Continue layering until all of your molds are filled. Put the tops on and freeze for a few hours or overnight until your liquid freezes:
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To remove your popsicle from the mold, run them under warm water until your popsicles slip out of the mold easily:

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Dig in and enjoy!

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Raspberry Lemonade Popsicles
Adapted From Pass the Sushi
Makes: about 16 popsicles
Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients
Lemonade Layer
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
5 tablespoons sugar
1 1/3 cups yogurt, plain or vanilla (I used plain)

Raspberry Layer
1 pint raspberries
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 cup plain yogurt

Directions
To make your lemonade mixture, combine your lemon juice and sugar in a small sauce pot.  Heat over medium/low heat and stir constantly until your sugar dissolves.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine your lemon/sugar mixture and plain yogurt.  Whisk on medium/low speed until smooth, about 20 seconds. This step can also be done by hand.  Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate. 

To make your raspberry mixture, combine your raspberries, sugar, and water in a medium sauce pot.  Heat over medium heat at a low simmer, stirring occasionally, until your raspberries are soft, about 2-3 minutes.  Transfer your raspberries to a bowl, add the lemon juice, and mash the raspberries until pureed, but not liquefied.  Chill your raspberry mixture in the refrigerator until cool.  I refrigerated both the raspberry and lemonade mixture overnight. 

Once cooled, add your yogurt and whisk until combined.  To assemble your popsicles, take your popsicle molds and fill them with your fillings, rotating between your raspberry and lemonade mixtures.  I started with about 1 1/2 teaspoons of raspberry first.  Then about 1 tablespoon of lemonade mixture.  Continue layering until all of your molds are filled. Put the popsicle tops on and freeze for a few hours or overnight until your liquid is frozen.  To remove your popsicles from the mold, put them under warm running water until they loosen.
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20 comments:

  1. With these popsicles you are all ready for the summer. Summer in Holland is a bit delayed...haven't got much sun, but when it gets warmer I will try your popsicles!

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  2. We have been making "smoothie" popsicles for the past couple of weeks, my daughter is addicted. She hasn't tried layers yet, but this one is definitely on our summer list. Beautiful shots!

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  3. Ohhhh these are two of my favourite things! Lemonaid AND raspberries! Good job!

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  4. These look so delicious and perfect for summer! Need to get myself a popsicle mold!

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  5. mmmmm... chels these look so good. Could I just move into your guest room and live there for the summer? -Colleen

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  6. Chelsea those are amazing looking Popsicles..I love the flavors...nicely done!

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  7. A childhood favorite! These are so colorful and cute! Perfect summer snack.

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  8. I love those red, white and blue firecracker pops and this is such a great recreation. Raspberry and lemonade is such a delicious and refreshing mix. These have summer time written all over them!

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  9. You just brought back memories of making these for my boys over 40 years ago...

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  10. We make popsicles all the time here in Be'er Sheva. I usually just pour juice into the molds, nothing as fancy as these! They look soooo yummy and so pretty!!

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  11. These look so refreshing. I love the raspberry lemon combo - delicious and nice to look at!

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  16. Perfection....love the mix of flavors. All those raspberries look so good.

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