Rocket pops, bomb pops, firecrackers, red, white and blue popsicles...whatever you call them, they must remind you of summer as a kid, right?
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I was recently reading my monthly edition of Food and Wine Magazine and in it Gail Simmons wrote an article about these little summer joys and how to make your own, but fancied up with real ingredients. It was that article that was the inspiration for a recipe I was going to share with you.
I wanted the colors to be bright and the flavors to be reminiscent of the original product, so I did a little digging.
Where did the bomb pop (rocket pop, firecracker, red, white and blue popsicle) originate?
Well, there are few different places. The Original Bomb Pop is a layered popsicle with cherry, lime and blue raspberry flavors. These were invented in 1955 by two guys from Kansas City. They eventually sold their idea to a company that sold the product under the Blue Bunny label.
These aren’t to be confused with Popsicle brand which has a look a like popsicle called the Firecracker. It’s a layered popsicle with cherry, lemon and blue raspberry flavors.
When you think of this classic popsicle today, which one of these are you thinking of? Want to read more on the battle of brands regarding this popsicles? Check out this article.
What is blue raspberry anyway?
Let’s just say that it’s a totally made up flavor. It doesn’t exist in nature. There is no blue raspberry bush in the fields. Bon Appettit does a great job explaining it all here. Now, I’m no expert on this topic, but it seems to me that this made up flavor has one the hearts of kids everywhere and reigns nostalgic for adults as well. I’ve never had, it and don’t plan on it.
In fact, that’s part of the reason this popsicle recipe trial went south...
The whole story...
So I wanted to make you a simple version of these fantastic red, white and blue popsicles that sing summer. However, it was a bust. Delicious, but not simple at all. Three different purees, waiting time in between freezing each layer, a ton of ingredients, yada, yada, yada. I’m glad I tested this out for you.
I’m here to say, it’s probably not worth you time.
However, something fantastic did come out of all of that testing.
Coconut lime popsicles with blueberries and cherries. Still the red, white and blue popsicle that you are looking for, but so simple to make and much more easily adaptable.
My favorite part is that they contain no dairy. When you keep kosher like we do, coming up with a cool sweet treat after BBQ’ing in the summer can be tough, but not any more! These popsicles are creamy, tangy, sweet and delicious. If everyone in our family loves them, you can rest assured yours will too!
Want to fancy these up?
- Dip them in chocolate then dip in coconut flakes mixed with a little lime zest and refreeze.
- Or, you could dip them in water and roll in crushed pistachios, put on a parchment lined baking sheet and refreeze.
- Or, put any other berry in the mold while you pour the popsicle mix in for berry explosion
Please get creative!
Looking for something to do with the extra limeade concentrate? Here are a few suggestions:
- Refreeze in ½ cup portions in zip top bags and use in another popsicle recipe
- Use it in a marinade for chicken
- Add a tablespoon or two to your favorite citrus salad dressing
- Blend it up with ice, tequila, and triple sec and make frozen margaritas
- Mix a few tablespoons and some lime zest into your water when making rice and voila, citrus lime rice
red, white and blue popsicles - but not those...
- 1 can coconut milk full fat please
- ½ cup almond milk
- ½ cup limeade concentrate in can from freezer section
- ¼ cup blueberries fresh or frozen
- ¼ cup raspberries fresh or frozen
- Defrost one can of lime juice concentrate
- Shake can of coconut milk really well
- Open and pour coconut milk into a 1 quart mason jar or other similar sized container
- Add ½ cup almond milk
- Add ½ cup limeade concentrate, put on lid and shake well (alternatively, put in high speed blender and blend for 20-30 seconds)
- Add a few red berries of your choosing to the bottom of the popsicle mold
- Pour the coconut lime mixture into popsicle molds and put in freezer for about 20 minutes.
- Add the blueberries to the popsicle molds
- Insert popsicle stick and freeze at least 4 hours or overnight till solid
- Take out of freezer and let stand about 5 minutes before removing from the molds
Ready to make your own popsicles? Here are some of the molds I like:
- This rocket shaped mold is on the smaller size, but most similar to the bomb pops of childhood.
- This popsicle mold is super easy to use with it's own base. I've used it with the sticks that come with it and with my own popsicle sticks
- These portion cups are a favorite of mine. Great size and the lid becomes a drip holder!
Looking for other simple dessert recipes? Check these out:
- Simply the Best One-bowl Brownies
- Bourbon Boozy Blondies
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