Red, White, and Blue Popsicle

published Jun 26, 2022
summer
Red White and Blue Popsicle Recipe

Rather than food coloring, these popsicles rely on fresh fruit to achieve their colorful layers.

Makes6 (3-ounce) popsicles

Prep35 minutes

Cook10 minutes

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Red white and blue popsicles on a bed of ice, on an oval black plate.
Credit: Meleyna Nomura

Red, white, and blue Popsicles are a summertime classic. While it’s easy enough to grab a box at the grocery store, making them at home is a fun way to make use of seasonal fruit. And while I’m certainly not knocking blue raspberry, it’s nothing like the flavor of fresh strawberry and blueberry purées used for these homemade treats.

How Do You Make Red, White, and Blue Popsicles?

These Popsicles are made of real fruit juice and purées: Strawberry, lime, and blueberry. While not hard to make, they do require a little bit of planning.

  • Make the fruit flavors. Cooking strawberries and blueberries with a little sugar and water creates a more intense flavor than just puréeing the raw fruit. A little lime juice stirred in brightens the flavor and complements the tangy lime layer that separates the two. 
  • Freeze each layer. This takes a bit of time, as each layer needs to freeze completely in order to keep the layers as clean as possible. 
Credit: Meleyna Nomura

How Do I Store Homemade Popsicles?

While they take a little time to put together, the Popsicles can be made ahead and stored in the freezer for up to three months in their molds. If you like, you can remove them (run lukewarm water over the outside of the molds if they’re tricky to pull out) and store in a zip-top bag.

Do I Need Special Molds for These Popsicles?

Store-bought red, white, and blue Popsicles have an iconic shape, but any popsicle mold will work. Popsicles molds can vary a lot in capacity depending on the brand, shape, and size. This recipe uses a mold that holds about three ounces, but it can be adjusted to fit the molds you have. Any extra fruit can be stirred into yogurt, on top of oatmeal, into seltzer, or a smoothie.

Red White and Blue Popsicle Recipe

Rather than food coloring, these popsicles rely on fresh fruit to achieve their colorful layers.

Prep time 35 minutes

Cook time 10 minutes

Makes 6 (3-ounce) popsicles

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

For the red layer:

  • 5 ounces

    strawberries (about 6 medium)

  • 2 tablespoons

    granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon

    lime juice (from 1/2 medium lime)

  • 1 ounce

    ice cubes (about 3)

For the white layer:

  • 3 tablespoons

    lime juice (from 2 medium limes)

  • 2 tablespoons

    granulated sugar

  • About 1/2 cup

    cold water

For the blue layer:

  • 6 ounces

    blueberries (about 1 1/4 cups)

  • 3 tablespoons

    granulated sugar

  • 2 tablespoons

    water

  • 1 tablespoon

    lime juice (from 1/2 medium lime)

Equipment

  • Popsicle sticks

Instructions

Make the red layer:

  1. Trim and coarsely chop 5 ounces strawberries (about 1 cup). Place in a small saucepan and add 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce to medium-low heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Carefully pour into a liquid measuring cup and use an immersion blender to blend until smooth (or transfer to a stand blender for blending). Add 1 tablespoon lime juice and 1 ounce ice cubes, Stir to melt the ice and cool the mixture. You should have about 3/4 cup.

  2. Divide the strawberry purée between 6 (3-ounce) popsicle molds (about 2 tablespoons each). Tap the molds on the counter to remove any air bubbles. If desired, use a small rubber spatula to clean up any drips on the interior of the molds for the cleanest layers. Freeze until completely solid, at least 1 hour. Meanwhile, make the white and blue layers.

Make the white layer:

  1. Place 3 tablespoons lime juice and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar in a liquid measuring cup and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add enough cold water to make 3/4 cup lime mixture.

Make the blue layer:

  1. Place 6 ounces blueberries, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, and 2 tablespoons water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes. Carefully pour into a liquid measuring cup and use an immersion blender to blend until smooth (or transfer to a clean stand blender for blending). Add 1 tablespoon lime juice and stir to combine. You should have about 3/4 cup. Refrigerate until ready to use.

  2. When the strawberry layer is completely solid, divide the lime mixture evenly among the molds. Freeze until mostly frozen, about 45 minutes. Insert the popsicle sticks and freeze until completely solid, about 30 minutes more.

  3. Divide the blueberry mixture evenly among the molds. Freeze until completely solid, at least 2 hours. When ready to serve, run lukewarm water over the outside of the molds so they release easily.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Popsicles can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.