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Strawberry Basil Frozen Popsicles

The perfect summertime treat — strawberry and basil are a unique but tasty combination in these refreshing homemade frozen popsicles.

strawberry Frozen Popsicles and fresh strawberries laying on a bowl of ice

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When I saw this recipe in my latest Taste of Home Magazine, I knew I had to make these popsicles. All of them. I wanted a freezer full of homemade popsicles and I was going to have it.

I may have gotten a little carried away. Friday afternoon I came home with three pounds of fresh strawberries, three pints of fresh blackberries, and an entire basket of peaches. At one point The Husband walked into kitchen, looked around at all the popsicle molds I bought on clearance and me feverishly blending up a batch of blackberries and mint leaves with a crazed look on my face, and asked me just how many popsicles did plan on making.

In the end, I bought WAY too much fruit. And I didn’t even consider the fact that even if I popped all my frozen popsicles out of the molds to refill them with more fruit puree, all my sticks were taken. Yes, I could have used wooden Popsicle sticks, but that meant making another trip to the store. It’s 101 degrees outside. Even in my crazed, Popsicle frenzy, I wasn’t that motivated to leave the house.

The “fruits” of my labor were worth it, though. These popsicles were so delicious and refreshing. If you are feeling fancy, pair them with a glass of sparkling wine.

The original TOH article included recipes for four different popsicles. I am including the recipe below because it’s the only one I changed – from strawberry-cilantro to strawberry-basil. For the other three recipes, check out the TOH website.

Before signing off, Happy 4th of July!

strawberry Frozen Popsicles and fresh strawberries laying on a bowl of ice

 

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Strawberry Basil Frozen Popsicles

The perfect summertime treat -- strawberry and basil are a unique but tasty combination in these refreshing homemade frozen popsicles.
Course Desserts
Prep Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours
Servings 12 people
Author Lisa B.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh strawberries tops removed
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 12 popsicle molds or paper cups 3 ounces each and popsicle sticks

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, combine water and brown sugar. Bring to a boil and then cook over medium high heat until sugar is dissolved, forming a simple syrup. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • In the meantime, combine the combine the strawberries and basil in a blender or food processor. Pulse until mixture forms a smooth puree and ingredients are combined. This should give you about two cups of strawberry-basil puree.
  • Pour strawberry-basil puree into simple syrup. Stir to combine. Pour mixture into popsicle molds. For best results, allow to freeze for at least eight hours.

4 Comments

  1. What a great summer treat! I also have a tendency to go overboard in the kitchen. Once I have an idea in my head–watch out–I’m cooking for the neighborhood!

  2. Strawberry and basil is such an underused awesome combination! I would kill to have a batch of these popsicles in my freezer!

    • The Cooking Bride

      You are so right – I don’t know why it isn’t used more because they are awesome together!

  3. miri leigh

    Strawberry and basil…what a treat! Thank you!

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