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Sweet Cherry and Currant Ice Pops

Updated June 16, 2016
This image courtesy of Colin Ericcson

Sweet cherries share the same season as white and red currants, and the tartness of currants adds considerable depth to the sweet cherry flavor.

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timehalf-day

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionFamily Get-together

Recipe CourseDessert, Snack

Dietary ConsiderationEgg-free, Gluten-free, Halal, Kosher, Lactose-free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

EquipmentBlender

Five Ingredients or LessYes

MealSnack

Taste and TextureFruity, Sweet

Type of DishDessert, Frozen Dessert

Ingredients

  • Fine-mesh sieve
  • Blender
  • 1 cup white or red currants, stemmed 250 mL (see Notes)
  • 1 cup water 250 mL
  • ½ cup granulated sugar 125 mL
  • 2 cups pitted ripe sweet cherries 500 mL (see Notes)

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan over high heat, bring currants, water and sugar to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Reduce heat to medium and boil for 5 minutes. Strain through sieve placed over a large measuring cup, pressing down and scraping solids with a rubber spatula to extract as much pulp and juice as possible. Discard solids. Set aside to cool.

  2. In blender at medium-high speed, puree cherries with currant syrup. Over a large measuring cup, strain through sieve, pressing down and scraping solids with rubber spatula to extract as much pulp and juice as possible. Discard skins.

  3. Pour into molds and freeze until slushy, then insert sticks and freeze until solid, for at least 4 hours. If you are using an ice pop kit, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Tips

  1. White currants are sweeter than the red variety but have a bit less flavor; both, however, are excellent for this ice pop.

  2. Because the cherries are uncooked, make sure they are perfectly ripe and tasty.

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