Red White and Blue Popsicles

Celebrate the Fourth of July this year with these Red White and Blue Popsicles.  They’re the perfect cool treat on a hot summer day!

Celebrate the Fourth of July this year with these Red White and Blue Popsicles. They're the perfect cool treat on a hot summer day!Ah, here we are almost at the end of June.  Wait.  End of June?  When did that happen??  This spring and summer have been a blur.  I swear I think time just passes faster as you get older.  As a kid, I couldn’t wait for my birthday so I could be a year older.  As an adult, it seems like my birthday comes around every other day or so.  But never mind that, I’m still looking forward to the upcoming long 4th of July weekend.

This will be Robbie’s first 4th of July, and we’re still debating on whether to take him to see the fireworks.  He’s a bit young, so he definitely won’t understand what is happening.  But that kid loves (I mean loves) to be surprised…and he likes lights.  So the fireworks could be a fun adventure for him.

Celebrate the Fourth of July this year with these Red White and Blue Popsicles. They're the perfect cool treat on a hot summer day!4th of July celebrations just aren’t the same without all sorts of festive snacks and recipes, right?  We’ll likely spend the day hanging out and grilling with friends before catching the fireworks show in our town.

Speaking of festive snacks, how about these Red White and Blue Popsicles?  One of my favorite memories from childhood is hanging out on my Grandma’s back porch eating popsicles.  Bomb Pops made regular appearances…which meant I was often covered with red, white and blue syrup.  No wonder my mother made me take my shirt off and wear just a bathing suit when I ate popsicles.  Yeah, I was a messy kid.

Celebrate the Fourth of July this year with these Red White and Blue Popsicles. They're the perfect cool treat on a hot summer day!As Bomb Pops are synonymous with summer, I wanted to recreate them here at home.  But I wanted to recreate them using blueberries and strawberries rather than red and blue dye.  The colors of these Red White and Blue Popsicles are a bit more muted than I’d prefer, but they’re still mighty delicious.  I used Cabot’s Vanilla Bean Greek yogurt for the base, and then added pureed strawberries and blueberries.  The only other ingredient is a bit of honey to offset the slight tartness of the berries.  (If your berries are nice and sweet, then you can omit the honey.)

Celebrate the Fourth of July this year with these Red White and Blue Popsicles. They're the perfect cool treat on a hot summer day!And in case you’re wondering, I sometimes still need to wear a bathing suit when eating popsicles.  Especially on super hot summer days.  Our neighbors’ pool is a great place to clean up cool down after eating a popsicle.

Celebrate the Fourth of July this year with these Red White and Blue Popsicles. They're the perfect cool treat on a hot summer day!

Celebrate the Fourth of July this year with these Red White and Blue Popsicles. They're the perfect cool treat on a hot summer day!

Red White and Blue Popsicles

Celebrate the Fourth of July this year with these Red White and Blue Popsicles.  They’re the perfect cool treat on a hot summer day!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Freezing Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 75kcal

Ingredients

For the Strawberry Layers

  • 1 cup strawberries fresh or frozen, hulled and halved
  • ¾ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • ½ Tbsp honey

For the Blueberry Layers

  • 1 cup blueberries fresh or frozen
  • ¾ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • ½ Tbsp honey

For the Plain Layers

  • ¾ cup vanilla Greek yogurt

Instructions

For the Strawberry Layers

  • Place strawberries in a food processor or a mini chopper. Pulse several times until pureed.
  • Using a spatula, scrape the chopped strawberries in a large bowl. Add yogurt and honey; stir until well blended.

For the Blueberry Layers

  • Place blueberries in a food processor or a mini chopper. Pulse several times until pureed.
  • Using a spatula, scrape the chopped blueberries in a large bowl. Add yogurt and honey; stir until well blended.

To Assemble

  • Divide the Strawberry yogurt evenly into 8 popsicle molds. Place molds in freezer and let freeze for 2 hours.
  • Remove molds from freezer and divide the vanilla Greek yogurt (for Plain Layers) evenly into the molds. Place molds back in freezer and let freeze for 2 more hours.
  • Remove molds from freezer and divide Blueberry mixture evenly into molds. Place back in freezer for 2 more hours, or until completely frozen.

Notes

To speed up this process, you could certainly use store-bought strawberry and vanilla Greek yogurt. I just thought it would be fun to use fresh berries in these popsicles.

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39 Comments

  1. First of all, these look so pretty!! Almost too pretty to eat, actually. Love the colours and that it’s natural. Perfect Summertime treat! Pinning 🙂
    I know what you mean about time going fast. It’s like where did the year go? They say that having experiences slows things down, but I dunno ’bout that. First 4th of July for your little one? How exciting! You don’t hear too often that little ones love surprises. I’m sure it’ll be special for him 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Dawn! I’ve gotten into a popsicle thing lately…but I’ve been saving them and eating them for dessert at night. 🙂 I dunno about that whole experiences slowing things down…I think experiences are speeding things up!

    1. Hey, the colors still match the British flag…so I think you’re safe. 🙂 Thanks, Dannii! I hope you’re hanging in there!

  2. Hahaha – as long as your neighbors don’t know your using their pool to clean up your popsicle mess..no harm right? 🙂
    And gah – I couldn’t agree more about time passing quicker the older we get!
    BTW, loving your version of bomb pops, David – love that you made them healthier with berries and not food coloring – I know a little gal who is crazy allergic to red dye and would go batty eating dyed bomb pops – but these might just calm her down! Happy Monday!

    1. Haha…my thoughts exactly! I still remember my grandparents shooing me off to their pool when I was covered in popsicle goo. Haha…good times! Allergic to red dye? Crazy! I bet that makes it kinda hard to eat out since you never know where it might show up.

  3. These sound way better than those corn syrup filled things at the grocery store 😉 I need to find some freezer molds and get a batch of these made for the family this weekend.

    1. These are WAY better than the store-bought ones. The colors weren’t as strong, but they were packed with awesome summer flavor. I grabbed some popsicle molds a couple of years back, and I’m glad I did. Those bad boys have been getting some use this summer…it’s so hot out there! Thanks so much for commenting, Loretta!

  4. Hi David! What perfectly patriotic summertime treats! Store bought pops are way too sweet in such a bad way! Who needs artificial ingredients or dyes. Here’s to good summer treats!

    1. I’m with ya, Dorothy! I used to love the store-bought pops when I was a kid, but now I just like to make everything myself. Call me crazy like that! I hope you’re keeping it cool down there in TN. We’ll be there soon, and I sure would like to not melt. 🙂

  5. I remember those bomb pops and yes, they were very messy! I love your take on them using berries and yogurt. It’s been so hot in GA lately so one of these pops would be a great treat right about now!

    P.S. I hope you had a great first Father’s Day! 🙂

    1. I can only imagine how hot it is down there in GA right now! It’s hot in NY (seriously…like low 90’s…which might as well be 120 up here), so we’ve been eating quite a few popsicles.

      And yes, I had an awesome first Father’s Day! Thank you for thinking about me, Tamara! 🙂

    1. Oh no! I didn’t mean to make you feel old, Megan! But yes, I get what you mean. I totally stopped and daydreamed for a bit while writing this post. It seems like just yesterday that I was eating popsicles on my grandparents’ back porch. Good memories, though! Thanks so much for commenting!

  6. Yes, David, it’s end of June. Moreover, it’s the mid of this year (Surprise!) So you may start preparing to the Christmas season already. I haven’t been working with popsicles much, so thank you for such a great reminder to get involved.

    1. Haha…Christmas? Already?? You’re such a jokester, Ben. But totally go find your popsicle molds and get going…I assume it might get hot up there where you are sometime soon? Maybe it’ll crack 70°F? (Just kidding!!)

    1. Thanks so much, Rahul! I had fun making the layers for these pops…and then I had more fun eating the pops after that. Haha! 🙂

  7. Robbie loves surprises? What a legend! Do you guys get a double dose of fireworks, one in the afternoon and one at night? Wait, actually, isn’t it legal to have your own in some places? Ignore this random thought out loud.

    Anyway- These popsicles look awesome and totally think it’s worth taking the extra step and blending the berries!

    1. Tell me about it! That kid loves to be surprised. Although I surprised him yesterday and grabbed his feet, and then he just frowned and started crying. I felt terrible! I’d send you a popsicle, but it’s winter down in your world right now…so the last thing you probably want is a popsicle. Hah!

    1. Yes! I think eating these popsicles will make you a better ghostbuster. At least that’s my theory! 🙂 I can’t wait til the new one comes out…it’s actually due out the day before my birthday. (Although I suspect we’ll have to wait for it come out on DVD to rent it because taking Robbie to the movies will never fly right now…)

  8. We were having the same fireworks debate. Unlike Robbie, my children do not like loud noises and I’m afraid we’ll just have three people screaming their heads off in terror while people look at us like we’re murdering them. But hey, sounds like a lock-in for Robbie. He’ll love it!
    These are gorgeous, and since it’s popsicle week, even better. So pretty!

    1. Hah! That sounds like a terrible fireworks idea, Mir. Although maybe the fireworks will be so loud that no one will hear your kids screaming? 🙂 Robbie loves surprises, but then just yesterday I grabbed his feet and he gave me the saddest look…and then he started crying. I felt terrible! So maybe the fireworks won’t be the best idea this year. We shall see!

    1. Thanks so much, Kathy…we’re in popsicle mode around here right now! 🙂 And yes, summer is flying by. I think it’s because it felt like it took summer forever to get here this year…but we can still make up for lost time, right??

    1. Haha! Exactly…a quick dip in the pool will clean that little guy right up. Thanks, Rachelle…hope you are enjoying your summer so far! 🙂

  9. I love these Popsicles because not only are they too darn cute (love the layers of colours) but they´re healthy too. I have to find me these molds too! ps. I think when you have kids is when time really starts to fly. It seems that I´m celebrating my birhtday around 3 times each year… LOL

    1. Thank you so much, Johlene! Definitely track down some popsicle molds soon. They will definitely come in handy! And my birthday is coming up in about 3 weeks…but I swear I just had one a couple of months ago. Is that even possible!?! 🙂

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