Freezer pops are so simple to make — and require so few ingredients — it seems odd that cases at the supermarket are chock-full of icy flavor pops on a stick.
Store-bought frozen treats are mostly made of water with sugar, corn syrup, gum and stabilizers, plus artificial colors thrown in. Most homemade frozen fruit treats require nothing more than real fruit thrown in a blender. Think fruit smoothie on a stick.
The Star’s Berry Burst Green Tea Freezer Pops add a fun flavor twist with an extra splash of green tea. Any combination of fresh fruit can be blended with the green tea. We used raspberries and strawberries, but you can also use blueberries, peaches, watermelon and pineapple.
▪ Shopping tip: We used Gold Peak Green Tea with sugar for testing this recipe.
▪ Ingredient tip: For more texture, add coarsely chopped strawberries to liquid mixture but note that it will make an additional freezer pop.
▪ No molds? No problem: Pour mixture into 5-ounce paper drinking cups. Arrange filled cups on tray. Partially freeze, then stand a food-safe craft stick upright in each cup. Freeze overnight. Peel the paper cup off and you won’t have to wrestle with the right moment to release them out of some newfangled mold without breaking them.
Berry Burst Green Tea Freezer Pops
Makes 4 freezer pops (using molds) (Yield: 11/2 cups liquid)
1 cup quartered fresh strawberries
1 cup fresh raspberries
1/2 cup bottled sweet green tea
Place all ingredients into a blender and process until smooth.
Pour into freezer pop molds. Freeze overnight or for several hours until solidly frozen.
Per pop: 27 calories (9 percent from fat), trace total fat (no saturated fat), no cholesterol, 6 grams carbohydrates, trace protein, 1 milligram sodium, 3 grams dietary fiber.
Recipe developed for The Star by professional home economists Kathryn Moore and Roxanne Wyss.