Today we pay homage to a food that technically does not exist. September 2 is National Blueberry Popsicle Day!
Early in the year, our East Coast Food Consultant – who attempted a similar food challenge in 2011 – warned us about this particular holiday. It was one he’d had trouble with, because they do not make blueberry-flavored Popsicles. At least, Popsicle® (the brand) does not make blueberry-flavored Popsicles. They might have, once upon a time, though I can find no reference to this anywhere, which begs the question: who came up with today’s food holiday, and why?!
This necessitated a change in our thinking. For this challenge, Popsicles® had to become popsicles: generic, frozen ice pops. Those are easy enough to make, in any flavor that strikes your fancy. They sell plastic molds and kits for making your own; in fact, I remember we had some as a kid, and used to freeze our own ice pops to enjoy during those hot summer afternoons growing up. So, Tara and I bought a popsicle-making kit, and – since this challenge was on my radar well in advance – I purchased some fresh blueberries from the farmer’s market in August, and froze them. I then used the following recipe I found online, which includes a little bit of lemon juice and honey for added flavor and consistency (thanks to Lyuba @ willcookforsmiles.com):
Blueberry Lemon Popsicles
- 24 oz of fresh blueberries
- 1/2 cup of honey
- Juice from 1 lemon
- Combine all the ingredients in a food processor. Puree well.
- Split the puree among the popsicle molds.
- Cover the molds with saran wrap, tight. Poke very small holes right in the center and carefully stick some wooden popsicle sticks in the puree.
- Freeze for 5-6 hours.
Voila! Pretty easy and straightforward. Obviously, I used frozen blueberries, but these worked out well. They turned out pretty tasty – and are all natural, too!