Blueberry-Basil Ice Pops

Blueberry-Basil Ice Pops

[Photograph: Kevin Lawver on Flickr]

Incredibly easy and refreshing, a perfect summer treat. Be sure to wash the basil well so it's not gritty!

  • Yield:10 pops
  • Active time: 30 minutes
  • Total time:6 hours

Ingredients

  • 3 pints fresh local blueberries
  • 5 stalks fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Juice of half a lemon

Directions

  1. 1.

    In a small saucepan, cook the blueberries, 3 stalks of basil and water over low heat until the blueberries have softened and the mixture is a deep blue/purple color. Remove the basil stalks and discard, then add sugar and stir until dissolved.

  2. 2.

    Let cool, then add to blender along with lemon juice and leaves from the reserved basil. Blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into the paper cups, and place in the fridge until chilled, then move to freezer. After about an hour, or when the pops are partially frozen, insert a popsicle stick into each cup.

  3. 3.

    When frozen solid, tear the paper cups off the pops and enjoy!