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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Blueberry Sweet Tea Pops {#SummerOfThePopsicle Guest Post: Blueberries and Blessings}

Who's Holding the Stick:  Today, I'm so happy to welcome my sweet friend Pam from Blueberries and Blessings.  I've known Pam for quite a few years now, through several of her blog name changes and many mutual events, and I couldn't be more excited that she's sharing a little slice of her Southern charm in popsicle form today!
Blueberry Sweet Tea Pops {#SummerOfThePopsicle Guest Post: Blueberries and Blessings} |
A big hello from North Florida! I'm Pam from Blueberries and Blessings.

I have known Heather for many years now, meeting in one of the many cooking clubs that have come and gone. I was lucky enough to meet her at long last  at the recent Food And Wine Festival in Orlando - what a thrill! She is every bit as amazing in person if not more so!

So, when she was looking for guests to bring some popsicles to her, I had to jump at the chance. I had just bought my first set of molds and had been having a blast with mixing up frozen treats for my family.

I wanted to create something simple, yet something that would be special and represent me well, for those who don't know me.
Blueberry Sweet Tea Pops {#SummerOfThePopsicle Guest Post: Blueberries and Blessings} |
Being in the south, we relish our sweet tea. It's a southerner's water, you know. Of course, I had to add some of my very favorite summertime fruit, and with a blog name like Blueberries and Blessings, it doesn't take much imagination to figure out what it is!

These turned out great - very refreshing. My son loved them - he's a tea lover, so I knew he'd be easily won over.

I loved the blueberries throughout the frozen sweet southern nectar. Adding the blueberry juice into the tea gives the pops an extra burst of berry.

These were actually the first non-creamy pops that I had made, and I wasn't sure what I would think,  but I actually think these were my favorite so far.

They are totally customizable - you can make your tea as strong as you'd like, as sweet as you'd like. If you want a nice lil zing, you can use a cranberry blueberry juice instead of a straight blueberry juice. It's the beauty of this recipe. I do hope you'll try it and hope you enjoy the lil south that will be hitting your mouth!
Blueberry Sweet Tea Pops {#SummerOfThePopsicle Guest Post: Blueberries and Blessings} |
Blueberry Sweet Tea Pops

by: a guest post from Pam of Blueberries and Blessings
Prep Time: 10 minutes (+ time to freeze)
Cook Time: n/a
Keywords: dessert snack vegan nut-free soy-free gluten-free dairy-free blueberries tea frozen popsicles Southern summer

Ingredients (8-10 (2 ounce) pops)
  • 1 cup strong brewed tea
  • 3-6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup frozen whole blueberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberry juice
Dissolve sugar (to taste) into brewed tea while tea is still warm. Mix blueberry juice into tea.

Divide the blueberries evenly amongst popsicle molds. Pour tea mixture over the berries to fill molds.

Add sticks/holders to the molds as directed by the manufacturer. Place in freezer and allow to freeze for at least 4 hours, or up to overnight.
Blueberry Sweet Tea Pops {#SummerOfThePopsicle Guest Post: Blueberries and Blessings} |
I don't know why I never thought of making sweet tea into ice pops!  I've used tea in a creamy pop or two, but never this way.  I know I'll be brewing up an extra strong batch before summer slips away so that I can while away the heat in true Southern form ;).  Thanks for being here, Pam!

You can find Pam and follow along with some of her fabulous events at Blueberries and Blessings, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
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