Blueberry-Plum Pops

Frozen treats for the kids and kids-at-heart.

Blueberry-Plum Pops
Photo: Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Christine Keely
Active Time:
20 mins
Chill Time:
20 mins
Freeze Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 40 mins
Yield:
10

Sure, we'll always love those red, white, and blue pops stashed in the depths of our freezers, but this summer, we're opting for something a touch more elegant. If you thought that making popsicles from scratch would be difficult and complicated, think again. Our Blueberry-Plum Pops are the special-occasion dessert that the whole family will love.

Adults and kids alike will have fun with these whimsical plum popsicles. These frozen treats gain their deep indigo hue from fresh plums and blueberries. We use fresh fruit in these pretty plum popsicles to create an all-natural treat that will leave you feeling great this summer. The popsicles pack the perfect amount of sugar, which is balanced out by the lime zest and juice, adding a lovely freshness and tang. Pick your plums wisely: If you want a little more tang, use red plums; if you want a richer, mahogany-red color and sweeter flavor, use black plums. Cooking the plums helps to extract more of their natural color and deepens the flavor of these popsicles.

Pull these fancy popsicles out at the next pool party and you'll be the talk of the town. For the adults, we love to dunk these popsicles in a glass of sparkling wine.

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups water

  • cup granulated sugar

  • 3 firm-ripe black or red plums (14 oz. total), chopped (2 cups)

  • ½ cup fresh blueberries (about 3 oz.)

  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest plus 2 Tablespoons fresh juice (from 1 lime)

Directions

  1. Combine water, sugar, plums, and blueberries in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until fruit is softened, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl, and chill until cooled slightly, about 20 minutes.

  2. Place plum mixture, lime zest, and lime juice in a high-powered blender. Process until completely smooth, about 1 minute. Pour mixture evenly into 10 (3-ounce) ice-pop molds, and insert ice-pop sticks. Freeze until solid, about 4 hours. To serve, run molds under warm water for a few seconds, and gently pull ice pops from molds.

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