Strawberries & Cream Patriot Pops are a festive way to celebrate Independence Day. Not only are they delicious, refreshing, and healthy, but with just a few ingredients, these pops are easy to make. Patriot pops make quite a beautiful display using fresh fruit and delicious cream. There is no better way to cool off this summer.
Who Said Popsicles are Just for Kids?
I enJOY living life right along side my kiddos. There is a big difference between being childlike and childish and I intend on living a life of childlike wonder all the days of my life. Didn’t you ever wait all afternoon for the ice cream truck to parade through your neighborhood with happy tune in tow? I can still hear the music and remember the excitement as I ran through the house trying to scrounge a few coins together for that ice cream sandwich, missile pop, or push up. Children were wooed from their four corners of play to the sound of the Pied Popsicle Piper.
If You Make Pops, They Will Come
Well, this mama still gets excited at the sound of homemade popsicles. Especially, when I can make them from scratch using healthy ingredients. Unfortunately, I don’t have a happy little musical truck to present them with, but I do make sure my freezer is stocked all summer long with homemade popsicles of all kinds. Our favorites are Lemonade Pops, Fudge Pops, Berry Kefir Pops, and of course these Patriot Pops. Be sure and check out my post on Citrus Electrolyte Popsicles for Kids for a fun, year-round way to restore balance after a bout with the flu or just for pure refreshment.
Using Only the Good Stuff
I am a big fan of getting good things into my kids, packaged in a fun way. Strawberries are loaded with Vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants. Additionally, cream contains vitamin A, Calcium, and is high in vitamin B2 for healthy tissue development. Technically, you could use yogurt or kefir instead of cream to add a probiotic punch. Truthfully, I just love the simple flavor of cream and fresh strawberries. It is like sitting down to a bowl of ice cream, only I can walk around. There is nothing artificially here. In fact, the recipe is simple. Just the way we like it.
Preparing Your Pops
- 1 cup organic cream
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 T pure maple syrup
- 3 cups fresh, organic strawberries, cleaned and hulled
- 2 T raw honey
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries (about 5 blueberries per pop)
- Mix cream, vanilla, & maple syrup in a measuring glass.
- VERY IMPORTANT TIP: place silicone mold on a small cookie sheet before filling molds. Otherwise, you will have a mess trying to lift the flexible molds to place in freezer. Ask me how I know.
- Pour equal parts of cream mixture into a 10 count popsicle mold and freeze for 2 hours.
- Blend strawberries and honey in a food processor or blender to desired consistency.
- Once cream mixture is frozen, place 5 blueberries in each mold. Pour strawberry mixture over blueberries up to top (leaving enough room for the stick).
- Place cover or sticks on and return to the freezer for an additional 4 hours. Best if left overnight.
- EnJOY on a hot summer day, especially Independence Day!
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Popsicle Mold– Just a note on popsicle molds: molds that come with reusable sticks that act as a cover are easier to work with. I have used molds that have covers that you slip popsicle sticks down into and if the stick freezes tilted it is hard to get the cover off. Reusable sticks work great, and if you are concerned about dripping, they do have some that have sippers that catch the juice if it melts. There are so many to choose from. Have fun and get creative with popsicles.
They are a great way to get probiotics, greens, or extra nutrient boosts into your children in a fun way without all the additives, preservatives, and colorings. If you prefer to use the single use sticks, this Popsicle Mold is similar to the one above.