It’s that time of year when the weather warms you to the bone and the hot tea you enjoy so much turns to iced tea before your very eyes. The beauty of this recipe is that you can use any iced tea you have on hand. Make your favorite, follow this one or even borrow some from a neighbor. Use the ripest berries or fruit you can get your hands on, and you have a wonderful nutritious snack for those hot summer days.

Recipe for Sweet TEAcicles (photo by Janet Sanchez, all rights reserved)

Recipe for Sweet TEAcicles (photo by Janet Sanchez, all rights reserved)

Sweet tea:

1 quart water
2 tbsp Assam black tea
½ cup sugar

Heat the water to a boil either in the microwave or on the stove top. Steep the tea in the heated water for 10 minutes. Once the tea is removed add in the sugar and stir to dissolve. Pour the tea into a large pitcher full of ice.

Pour a small amount of the sweet tea into the bottom of the Popsicle base. Make sure you don’t fill past the point where the Popsicle stick needs to be. Place into the freezer until frozen. This will take approximately 1-2 hours.

2 cups blueberries
¼ cup sweet tea

Place the blueberries and the sweet tea in a sauce pot over medium heat. Cook until the berries start to burst open. Remove from heat, using a stick blender or a standard blender, pulverize the berry mixture. Be careful not to allow the hot berry liquid to splatter on you.  Once thoroughly blended, run the mixture through a fine strainer to remove any berry skin that may remain. Let the mixture chill in the fridge for at least one hour or cool to the touch. Take the partial popsicles out of the freezer. Pour the blueberry mixture over the frozen tea mixture place the stick or Popsicle top back on and freeze for another 1-2 hours or until frozen.

This recipe can be adjusted using any berry you wish. In addition the level of sweetness is also adjustable to taste. This recipe is not overly sweet relying on the berries and the already sweetened tea for its sweetness.

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