My sincerest apologies for not publishing my usual Monday post sooner. It’s just been one of those days, you know? The same goes for last night thanks to a New York to DC drive that took twice as long as it should have. And to prove that I’m not a complete slacker and work a full-time job that can be quite demanding, here’s the video evidence.
Anyway, with that explanation out of the way, I want to share a stupidly easy halfway homemade recipe for Firecracker popsicles. You know the kind. Red white and blue and delicious all over. As you can see, these popsicles are on the monochromatic side, but the all-natural ingredients and no-fuss process more than make up for the lacking blue pigment.
So, it’s a little disingenous to call even call these halfway homemade, because they involve nothing more than freezing prepared lemonade in stages. Still, they make for such great and easy kinda-sorta homemade versions of the classic that I had no choice but to share. Because if it took me, a lifelong addict, until now to have my lightbulb go off that I could easily replicate red-white-and-blue popsicles at home, then surely this will be helpful to others.
You’ll need: a popsicle mold (I love this one), and about 1 cup each of raspberry lemonade, limeade and blueberry lemonade. The Simply Orange brand makes great ones of each with nothing but natural ingredients.
Start by pouring the raspberry lemonade into the popsicle mold a third of the way up. Insert popsicle sticks.
Place in freezer and let freeze for 60-90 minutes. Long enough to harden the raspberry lemonade layer, but without letting it fully set.
Follow up with limeade layer and freeze another 60-90 minutes.
Finish off popsicles with blueberry lemonade layer and freeze overnight.
A trick for getting the popsicles to slide out is to hold the mold at an angle and run it under warm water being careful not to pour water on the frozen popsicles themselves. A few seconds under the sink and they should slide right out.
As I’m sure you can imagine, since, you know, you’ve tasted lemonade before, these were great. I’ve been popping them like tic tacs, because I feel like I can since they’re made with nothing but the good stuff and none of that high fructose corn syrup nonsense found in the store-bought variety.
While not exactly red white and blue, these make for a great and easy way to get into that 4th of July spirit. Enjoy!
- 1 cup raspberry lemonade
- 1 cup limeade
- 1 cup blueberry lemonade
- Pour raspberry lemonade into popsicle mold, filling one-third of the way up.
- Add popsicle sticks and freeze for 60-90 minutes until beginning to set.
- Remove popsicle mold from freezer and fill one third of the way with limeade.
- Place back in freezer and freeze for another 60-90 minutes.
- Repeat with blueberry lemonade, this time freezing overnight.
- Enjoy hardened, frozen firecracker popsicles.