I'm so excited for the 4th of July this year! It's always such a fun holiday with friends and family. This year I'm bringing my patriotic red, white, and blue bomb pop popsicles to the party to share. This recipe is seriously easy and it looks just like a classic rocket pop popsicle that we used to eat as kids. This rocket pop is a much healthier version though, made only with summer fruits, honey, and water.
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How to Make the Red, White and Blue Bomb Pop
I used strawberries, blueberries and limes for my three flavors. The first thing you want to do is wash all of the fruit and cut the green leafy tops off the strawberries. Then you can start to make your layers of the popsicle. One note- since you're using the natural fruit the colors aren't exact, but they're still so pretty and your friends will be impressed you made them!
After you prep your fruit you'll make 3 layers of fruit puree or juice and will need to plan ahead to allow each layer time to freeze completely before adding the next flavor. This is a bit of a tedious step, but it's what gives these popsicles the 'bomb pop' effect and makes them so pretty.
Start with the Strawberry Layer
For the first layer, which is the "red" layer of the rocket pop popsicle, blend the strawberries, water and lemon juice in a blender. If your family prefers a sweeter tasting strawberry, then feel free to also add a tablespoon of honey. Once the berries are blended, I recommend straining the seeds out of the juice mixture with a mesh strainer for this step. It is totally optional, but my husband prefers it this way, so thats how I do it.
Evenly distribute the strawberry juice into the popsicle mold (I really like this mold but you can use whatever kind you have.) Try to only fill each mold up ⅓ of the way. Next, place the popsicle stick into the mold. For this rocket pop recipe, I would suggest using disposable wooden popsicle sticks, instead of the reusable ones because it'll make it easier to fill the layers in! Place the mold into the freezer and allow that layer to freeze over fully, for at least a hour and half to two hours.
Making Your Lime Popsicle Layer
While the first layer is freezing, start working on the "white" layer of the bomb pop popsicles. Juice the limes and combine with water and honey. The recipe as-is will make a nice tangy layer, so if your family prefers a sweeter pop, just add more honey to taste! Once the red layer is frozen, pour the lime juice over it, filling each mold to the ⅔ full mark. Place the mold back in the freezer and let it freeze over fully.
Blueberry Popsicle Layer
For the final layer, put the blueberries, lemon, water, and honey into a blender and blend well! Strain the mixture through a mesh strainer and then fill the molds the final ⅓ of the way. I would definitely recommend straining the blueberries because they are much chunkier than the other two fruits and, the blueberry flesh does not blend into liquid form very well.
Allow the last layer to freeze over and then enjoy your rocket pop popsicle!! YUMM!!!
Rocket Pop Popsicle Recipe!
- mesh strainer
- Popsicle mold
- 10 Wooden Popsicle Sticks (or reusable ones)
- 1 package Strawberries
- 1 package blueberries
- 6 limes
- 1 lemon
- 5 teaspoon honey
- 1 ¼ cup water
- wash the fruit and cut the green leafy tops off the strawberries
- put the strawberries, ¼ cup water, 1 teaspoon honey, and the juice of ½ a lemon into a blender and blend til smooth
- strain the strawberry mixture through a mesh strainer and discard the seeds
- pour the strawberry mixture into the popsicle mold, feel each cavity ⅓ full.
- place 1 popsicle stick into each cavity
- place the mold in the freezer and freeze fully, around 2 hours.
- while the strawberry layer is freezing, juice all 6 limes
- put the lime juice, ⅓ cup water, and 2 teaspoon of honey into the blender and blend well
- once the first layer is completely frozen, take the mold out of the freezer and fill each cavity another ⅓ with the lime mixture
- return the mold to the freezer and allow the second layer to freeze over fully
- while the second layer is freezing, put the blueberries, ½ cup water, 2 teaspoon honey, and the juice from ½ a lemon into the blender and blend until smooth
- strain the blueberry mixture through a mesh strainer
- once the second layer is completely frozen over, take the mold out of the freezer and fill the final ⅓ of each cavity with the blueberry mixture
- allow the final layer to freeze fully and then ENJOY!!