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Ok so listen. I don’t do dessert-y type things often. But these Coconut Thai Iced Tea Ice Pops? They’re worth blogging about.
They’re also about to become incredibly necessary because today, as you may already know, is the first day of summer—even though most of us have been experiencing scorchers for weeks now. (I’m looking at everyone here with me in the hot and sticky South.)
In the dead of summer, it’s not even about having dessert anymore; it’s about having something to help you cool off and hey, it might as well be tasty.
But! Before you reach for those sugar-packed pops at the store, I want to put these naturally-sweetened treats on your radar. Think black tea infused with lemongrass, cool and creamy coconut milk, and honey…
Coconut Thai Iced Tea Ice Pops.
This isn’t your typical icy pop, but it certainly does the trick. Especially for tea lovers who want to indulge yet have to take a hard pass on steamy tea when it’s a seamy 97 degrees out.
These pops have a slightly creamy consistency that offer your tastebuds the essence of coconut, lemongrass, and a touch of sweetness. The great thing is that you can very easily adapt the flavors to your taste during the prep process, so if you need more sweet, add more honey, etc.
Organic to a Tea.
I always feel a little extra inspired when it comes to partnering up with Arbor Teas and moving their blends away from the tea cup. Whether it be by steeping a cocktail or giving snacking granola a tea-rrific toss, I always end up with a fab result.
And quality has everything to do with it.
First of all, Arbor Teas offers a damn fine selection of organic fair trade loose leaf teas—from the familiar Earl Grey to a unique and earthy Chocolate Pu Erh. Second, their mission will leave you feeling good. Arbor Teas is dedicated to keeping our planet blooming and healthy with Fair Trade Certified® teas along with sustainable and Carbonfree® business practices.
Organic Thai Iced Tea.
When it came to developing a summer-inspired recipe, my mind initially went to something boozy—like a spiked green tea or a stiff peach rooibos. (I guess that says a lot about who I am… ) But when I came across their Organic Thai Iced Tea, my mind miraculously veered away from booze and went straight to popsicles. And there was no turning back.
This bold black tea is tamed by the essence of cardamom, anise, and vanilla bean, which play amazingly with the added coconut milk, lemongrass, and honey in this recipe.
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Coconut Thai Iced Tea Ice Pops
Coconut Thai Iced Tea Ice Pops cool you off with a blend of bold black Thai iced tea, creamy coconut milk, refreshing lemongrass, and a little bit of honey.
- 20 oz brewed Arbor Teas Organic Thai Iced Tea, cooled I steeped 5 tsp of the loose leaf tea for a moderate strength brew
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 2 TBSP lemongrass paste You can use store-bought or grind your own from lemongrass stalks; the ratio is the same either way
- 1/4 cup raw organic honey
- 10-piece ice pop mold + popsicle sticks
- Tea infuser
In a small saucepan, bring 20 oz of water to a light simmer over medium heat. In the meantime, fill the tea infuser with 5 tsp of the tea. (You can adapt this amount based on how strong you'd like the tea.)
Once the water is simmering, remove the saucepan from the heat and immerse the tea infuser full of tea into the water. Let the tea steep for 3-5 minutes, depending on your preference of strength. Please note that the other ingredients will mellow out the boldness of the tea once added and frozen.
Once the tea is steeped, remove the infuser and allow the brew to cool to room temperature. You can speed this process up a bit by filling the sink with icy water, to about 2 inches, and letting your pot sit in it.
Once cooled, whisk in the coconut milk, lemongrass, and honey. Mix until the mixture is well combined. Give it a taste and adjust it to your preference, if needed.
Carefully fill the ice pop molds as per the manufacturer's directions (some advise to leave a bit of space at the top of the molds to allow for expansion). When you've filled your molds, pop them into the freezer overnight.
Most molds will require you to give the exterior of the mold a quick rinse under cool water before trying to remove the pops; this step helps to release the pops from the molds with ease and without breaking them.