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Red, White & Blue Popsicles!

Red, White & Blue Popsicles from thelittlekitchen.net

It’s almost July 4th! What we usually do for July 4th is smoke a brisket in our charcoal smoker but I think this year, I’m going to be making popsicle and slushies. It’s so hot lately!

I feel so fortunate to get to work with McCormick once again, I will be sharing fun creations once a month or every other month — all using McCormick products and sponsored by McCormick.

I have to admit, I’m late to the popsicle party in my adult years. I do remember lovingggg them as a kid though. I was born in Southern California and in our neighborhood, there were men who would push these popsicle carts and sell wonderful popsicles that were pineapple, mango or coconut. I don’t remember all of the flavors but I just remember loving them. They were way better than your run of the mill ice cream truck fare. So when McCormick asked me to make a frozen treat for summer, I knew I wanted to do something with coconut.

These red, white and blue popsicles aka bomp pops or 4th of July pops are a little bit of work but ohhhh so worth it. The red is watermelon, I used fresh watermelons pulsed in a blender, the white is coconut, I used coconut milk and McCormick® Imitation Coconut Extract to kick up the coconut flavor and the blue is blue raspberry using McCormick® Raspberry Extract and blue food color.

Red, White & Blue Popsicles from thelittlekitchen.net

First make a sugar water mixture, I don’t call it simple syrup because I’m not using the usual 1 part water to 1/2 part sugar. I’m using less sugar than usual. Bring the sugar and water to boil until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.

First up is the top of the popsicle — watermelon! I blended chopped watermelon and the sugar water in a blender until smooth and then poured into a measuring cup. This is completely optional but I wanted my watermelon to be less pink and more red so I added a few drops of McCormick® Red Food Color.

Red, White & Blue Popsicles from thelittlekitchen.net

Next pour into your Freezer Pop Maker. This one has 10 molds and each one holds 2.5 ounces. The first time I made this recipe, you should have seen the mess I made…this time when I made them again, I tried to figure out the best way to pour the three different flavors into the molds without A. making a mess and B. getting each flavor equal playing time. In comes these wonderful inventions. Of course you don’t have to have them to make this recipe but they do make your life easier.

Since each mold holds 2.5 ounces, I figured that I needed about 0.80 ounces of each flavor and I used the fun little OXO beaker measuring cups to make it easier to measure the right amount and make less of a mess. I wish I photographed my first popsicles for you…they were way messy and not too attractive but at least they tasted great!

After getting the watermelon into the molds, freeze for 1.5 hours or until set. Don’t be impatient like me or you will have flavors/colors merging together.

Red, White & Blue Popsicles from thelittlekitchen.net

Next up is the coconut section. You don’t have to mix the McCormick® Imitation Coconut Extract into the coconut milk if you don’t want to but I really liked the boost of flavor it gave to the coconut milk.

Tip: Taste the mixtures as you mix them together. If it’s too sweet for your taste or not sweet enough, this is the same taste you will be having when it freezes so it’s a good idea to taste each one and make sure you like it!

Red, White & Blue Popsicles from thelittlekitchen.net

Once again, I poured 0.80 ounce of the coconut over the frozen watermelon section into the popsicle molds.

Red, White & Blue Popsicles from thelittlekitchen.net

Then, I added the aluminum cover and added the popsicle sticks. I learned from my messy first try that when you don’t add the popsicle sticks at this time and add it at the end after the blue raspberry is poured, you risk breaking through the coconut and the blue merges a little with the coconut.

Stick the freezer popsicle molds back into the freezer until it’s completely set. I froze for about 2 hours. About 1 1/2 hours into it, I removed the aluminum cover, there’s a little monkeying around with it because the sticks are tight. Removing the cover is essential because you’ll need to pour in the blue raspberry section.

Red, White & Blue Popsicles from thelittlekitchen.net

Ahh, I love blue raspberry…the blue comes from the drops McCormick® Blue Food Color into the sugar water mixture along with the McCormick® Raspberry Extract.

Red, White & Blue Popsicles from thelittlekitchen.net

And there’s that OXO measuring beaker again. I used it to pour the last part of the popsicle into the molds. You might think, oh well I don’t need to measure the blue raspberry liquid part. Well think again, you may over pour and make a mess. Hint hint :)

Red, White & Blue Popsicles from thelittlekitchen.net

And there it is, isn’t she pretty?

Red, White & Blue Popsicles from thelittlekitchen.net

Add that aluminum cover back on, I’m not going to tell you it’s easy to do but it’s doable. Then freeze for at least 4 hours. I froze it overnight and then ran warm water on the aluminum cover and then removed it. Then, I had to run cold water on each mold and unmold it, one at a time. I wouldn’t run water over all of the molds at once because by the time you get to the end, your last popsicle will be partially melted.

I lined a baking sheet, I love this one because it fits nicely into my freezer, with wax paper and put the popsicles on it until I was ready to photograph/serve them. Wrap them in wax paper and put them in zippered plastic bags to keep them for longer.

Red, White & Blue Popsicles from thelittlekitchen.net

I feel like I sound like a broken record because I always tell you this, I ate too many of these. I’m loving the flavor combinations and actually, when I made this second batch, I thought of sharing them with our neighbors across the street. They have 4 kids and are having a good ol’ time playing outside lately (because it’s summer!), I know because my dogs like to bark at them through the front door. :) Anyways, I’m beginning to rethink sharing these wonderful popsicles, sounds terrible doesn’t it? Because they taste sooo good! I can’t tell you which flavor is my most favorite but I love the fresh watermelon taste, the coconut is a nice middle and because of the wonderful raspberry extract — the blue raspberry is so fun.

The dogs beg for a piece of my popsicle every time now and I can’t wait to come up with other frozen treat combinations. Happy 4th to everyone in the U.S.!

Red, White & Blue Popsicles Recipe

Yield: 10 popsicles

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 8 hours (includes inactive time)

Ingredients:

Sugar Water Mixture

3 cups water
1 1/4 cups sugar

(Red) Watermelon Layer

3/4 cup sugar water
1 cup chopped seedless watermelon
2 to 4 drops McCormick® Red Food Color (optional)

(White) Coconut Layer

1 cup sugar water
1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Imitation Coconut Extract
1 cup coconut milk

(Blue) Raspberry Layer

2 cups sugar water
2 teaspoons McCormick® Raspberry Extract
5 to 7 drops McCormick® Blue Food Color

Supplies needed

Freezer Pop Maker
popsicle sticks (soak the sticks in warm water for at least 30 minutes)
OXO Mini Measuring Beaker Set
baking sheet or tray that fits in your freezer

Directions:

Sugar Water Mixture

Bring water and sugar to boil in small saucepan on medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat. Cool to room temperature.

(Red) Watermelon Layer

Pour syrup into blender container. Add watermelon and cover. Blend on high speed until smooth. Using a measuring cup with a spout or the OXO measuring beaker, pour watermelon mixture popsicle molds to fill 1/3 of the way (for my popsicle molds, that means 0.8 ounce). Freeze for 1 1/2 hours or until set.

(White) Coconut Layer

In a measuring cup, mix together coconut milk, sugar water and coconut extract. Fill the freezer pop mold until it is 2/3 of the way full. Add the aluminum top and add the popsicle sticks. Freeze for 2 hours or until set. At about 1 1/2 hours, remove the aluminum top and put popsicle molds back into the freezer.

(Blue) Raspberry Layer

Add sugar water mixture to another measuring cup. Stir in raspberry extract and add blue food color. Mix well. Pour into the freezer pop mold until full and freeze 4 hours or overnight or until firm. Follow manufacturer instructions on how to remove the popsicles.

After unmolding, popsicle sticks can be stored in zippered plastic bags in the freezer, use wax paper to keep them separated.

from The Little Kitchen


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Red, White & Blue Popsicles from thelittlekitchen.net

Other popsicle and frozen treat recipes:

Tequila Watermelon Popsicles
Marionberry (Blackberry) Mojito Ice Pops
Lemon Blueberry Popsicles
Easy Homemade Slushee Recipe
Raspberry Cheesecake Popsicles

Other Red, White & Blue Recipes:

Mini Strawberry Short Cakes
Red, White and Blue Vanilla Bean Spritzers
Red, White & Blue Funfetti Sandwich Cookies
July 4th Layered Drinks

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. As always, I only work with brands I love and you only get my honest opinions. And there are some affiliate links in this post.

32 Responses to “Red, White & Blue Popsicles!”

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — July 1, 2013 @ 11:34 am

    These look so fun and sound absolutely delicious! Love the real flavors of each layer!

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    Sandy @ RE — July 1, 2013 @ 2:52 pm

    So pretty! Love these, Julie!

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    Rachel Cooks — July 1, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

    So fun! Love that you used coconut for the white layer.

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    Cat Davis | Food Family & Finds — July 1, 2013 @ 5:09 pm

    Those came out really pretty! An ice pop mold is on my to buy list but I was thinking of going with the Zoku kind.

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    Aggie — July 1, 2013 @ 6:33 pm

    These turned out so pretty Julie!! I love the flavors you used, especially the watermelon and coconut, YUM!

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    Glory/ Glorious Treats — July 1, 2013 @ 7:04 pm

    OOh, these are so pretty and festive! And sound so delicious too!!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — July 1, 2013 @ 7:04 pm

    Look at those perfect, colorful layers! These are so cute and festive!

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — July 1, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

    So fun, Julie! I just bought a popsicle mold a couple weeks ago and have loved it. And what a great use for the OXO beakers, I love those things!

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    Tieghan — July 1, 2013 @ 10:47 pm

    So fun! These look awesome! I need a popsicle mold or at least some dixie cups!

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    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell — July 1, 2013 @ 11:11 pm

    So smart to taste them as you go! They look absolutely wonderful, Julie!

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    Kristen — July 1, 2013 @ 11:14 pm

    These are so much fun, Julie! LOVE this idea!

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    Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen — July 2, 2013 @ 12:54 am

    These are adorable! Perfect for this heat wave in Cali we have been suffering through the last week!!

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    Diane {Created by Diane} — July 2, 2013 @ 1:14 am

    These look delicious andWONDERFULLY festive!!!!

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    Tanya Schroeder — July 2, 2013 @ 7:13 am

    I have yet to make my own popsicles. But now I want to run to the store to by everything I need to make these! These are my absolute favorites and would be so fun to make ( and eat )! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — July 2, 2013 @ 7:44 am

    Such beautiful popsicles! I love your use of the McCormick flavorings. Thank you for linking up to my popsicles, too! :) Happy 4th of July, Julie!

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    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — July 2, 2013 @ 9:13 am

    Fun! Love the flavors!

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    Jen @ Savory Simple — July 2, 2013 @ 9:37 am

    I love McCormick! Their factory was right down the road from me when I lived in Baltimore. I also love these pops!

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    Carla @ Carlas Confections — July 2, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

    I love these Julie! So festive! And Im glad to hear you always saying you eat too many of the treats you make ;) Makes me feel better, because I do too!!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 2, 2013 @ 2:15 pm

    These are so cute and festive! And dude, aren’t those beakers the best?! They’re my favorite tools in the kitchen. I also had an extra set and gave them to my sister but her kids think that they’re toys so they’re constantly playing with it. It’s adorable.

    Anyway, these popsicles – love it! I love that the blue is actually a blue – I just attempted red, white and blue popsicles with fresh fruit and Greek yogurt but my blueberry layer is actually purple. Ugh. Definitely need to try your version!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — July 2, 2013 @ 3:06 pm

    Love the layered look – they are so much fun for the 4th!

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    diane Miller — July 2, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

    great receipe cant wait to try thanks for the tutorial much appreciated

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    Tess — July 2, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

    These Red, White, & Blue Pops look delicious, and perfect for even after the 4th of July. What other flavors would you recommend trying?

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    Nessa — July 2, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

    So bright and cheerful!

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    Tasha @ ThatsSoYummy — July 3, 2013 @ 8:10 am

    I am absolutely loving these popsicles… they look beautiful and Yes it has been so stinking hot here I would eat three please! :-)

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    Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion — July 3, 2013 @ 8:12 am

    So cute… love these

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — July 3, 2013 @ 11:04 am

    These are so fun! Love the tips!

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    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — July 3, 2013 @ 11:23 am

    These are absolutely adorable, Julie! Pinning (and then making)!

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    Suzanne — July 3, 2013 @ 11:05 pm

    Beautiful! I was wondering about the popsicle sticks when you were explaining the procedure. “Won’t it be hard to poke the sticks through the frozen layers?” Have a Happy Fourth!

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — July 5, 2013 @ 9:09 am

    YES! I need to make these ASAP! That coconut later.. YUMMM!

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    katie — July 9, 2013 @ 10:47 am

    Julie you are way more patient than me! :) These look divine and best of all I love the flavors–different than the traditional flavors!

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