4th of July Popsicles

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4th of July Popsicles

Homemade French vanilla ice cream, a raspberry-strawberry puree and whole blueberries unite to make a patriotic Popsicle, perfect for your 4th of July celebrations.  The Rocket pops of my childhood were the inspiration behind these red, white and blue treats but my take on them is a little bit more wholesome with the addition of homemade ice cream and blueberries, raspberries and strawberries instead of sugary colored juices .  I recommend using frozen blueberries so that the berries don’t bleed purple into the ice cream.  The vanilla ice cream recipe yields one quart of ice cream so you will have leftovers to enjoy.  If you don’t have time to make ice cream you can always use your favorite store-bought brand.

4th of July Popsicles
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 8
Vanilla ice cream, a raspberry-strawberry puree and blueberries unite to make some patriotic Popsicles, perfect for your 4th of July celebrations.
French Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups milk (or half and half)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
Raspberry-Strawberry Puree
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • ½ – 1 cup Passion-Orange-Guava juice
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • Popsicle molds or paper cups
French Vanilla Ice Cream
  1. In a large saucepan, beat the eggs, milk and sugar until well blended.
  2. Cook the egg mixture over low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. It will take about 10 minutes and should smoothly coat the back of a wooden spoon.
  3. Let the mixture cool.
  4. Add the heavy cream and the vanilla.
  5. Stir until blended and refrigerate the mixture until it is completely chilled, for several hours or up to overnight.
  6. Following the instructions of your ice cream maker, pour the chilled mixture into your machine and stir it until the ice cream forms. It will typically be more like soft-serve when you first make it.
  7. If you want firmer ice cream, transfer it to a sealed container and let it freeze for several hours until it hardens.
Raspberry-Strawberry Puree
  1. Blend the ingredients until a smooth juice forms.
  2. Leave some chunks of fruit if desired.
  1. Working with one Popsicle mold at a time, pour the raspberry-strawberry puree in to half of the mold.
  2. Stir in a few frozen blueberries.
  3. Insert the Popsicle sticks and place the molds in the freezer for an hour or until the puree starts to harden.
  4. Remove the Popsicle sticks and pour softened vanilla ice cream into the rest of the Popsicle mold.
  5. Stir in a few frozen blueberries.
  6. Insert the Popsicle sticks and place the molds back in the freezer.
  7. Let the Popsicles freeze for several hours or until they are completely frozen.

4th of July Popsicles

{The French vanilla ice cream recipe is from the recipe booklet that came with our old Donvier ice cream maker: Ice Cream The Donvier Way.}

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10 Responses to “4th of July Popsicles”

  1. Love the mix of the french vanilla ice cream layer with the frozen fruit layer. Perfect for kids-there is a swim party coming up so I have bookmarked this. Glad I came across this-Great post.

  2. Love them! My daughter is obsessed with popsicles right now!

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