The Taste of Freedom (a.k.a. DIY popsicles for the 4th of July and the rest of summer)

This week’s holiday has got me pondering…and so I ask, my fair readers, what does freedom taste like?

For some, it’s sizzling, juicy, fresh-off-the-grill burgers. For others, it’s lightly charred and abundantly buttered pieces of corn (on the cob).

And all that is mighty and good. But maybe we’re thinking too stereotypically about the freedom that the 4th of July connotes?

Maybe it’s the taste of your grandmother’s brisket, a recipe smuggled from a foreign land and passed down for decades? Or maybe it’s your father’s original enchilada, pieced to perfection after multiple failed attempts?

Which all begs the question: is it the food itself that reminds you of your freedom? Is it how you prepare your food that drives its independence? These are the questions you must envision when making the below recipe.

To me, freedom tastes like DIY red, white, and blue popsicles. I like having the option of crafting my own frozen delights. No popsicle molds. No pre-determined fruit combinations. Just whatever I see at the store and whatever I want in my belly.

I WANT YOU TO CHANGE THIS RECIPE. Make this your own. Not a huge fan of coconut? Make these suckers vanilla flavored. Absolutely hate and despise raspberries for no logical reason? Try adding cherry instead. Feel free to mix it up.

Recipe for DIY Raspberry, Coconut, and Blueberry Popsicles

*Source: The Coconut Mama’s Recipe 

Servings: 7 appetizer-sized popsicles

Time: 10 minutes of prep + 5-6 hours of freezing

Difficulty: pretty chill.

Ingredients

Edible items

  • 1/2 cup of fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon of shredded coconut
  • 1 can of full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Non-edible items

  • 1 ice tray
  • 7 toothpicks
  • Strainer (optional)

Instructions

  1. Don’t be lazy. Go to the store and buy fresh berries.
  2. Wash responsibly. Make sure to rinse your berries. Always wash produce before cooking with it.Freedom 2
  3. This is where the recipe actually starts. Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized liquid measuring cup or pitcher. Stir until your mixture is consistent.

*Note: you may want to strain the coconut milk before adding it to the mixture. If there’s a solid layer of coconut fat waiting for you at the top of the can, just break it apart with a fork, then strain the milk over the measuring cup or pitcher.

  1. Pour responsibly. Unlike I did, try to pour an even amount of liquid into each ice tray cut out. Don’t worry about adding the berries until the end. You can hand pick the berries you want for each popsicle. For reference, I added at least one raspberry and one blueberry to each popsicle. You should get about 7-8 popsicles.Freedom 8Freedom 9Freedom 10
  2. FREEZE! Put the ice tray in the freezer for 30 minutes. Then, insert a toothpick into the middle of each popsicle.

*Note: I found stabbing a piece of fruit within the popsicle to be the most effective way to keep it standing up straight.Freedom 12

  1. Go do something for 5-6 hours. Then come back and your popsicles will be done.

Serving Suggestions

I highly recommend bringing these popsicles to a party. They’re a great way to meet people. Just go up to someone you don’t know and say “POPSICLE???” They’ll be your friend, forever.

Quick Clean Up

Also pretty chill. Just be careful where you put your raspberries. They leave behind red stains. Put a paper towel beneath the raspberry package and you’ll make it out A-OKAY!Freedom 11

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