cherry berry bomb popsicles
May 1, “May Day,” is historically a revelatory day for many around the world, dating back to the era of the Roman Republic circa 100 BC (whoa). It’s a day of parades and flowers and ribbon and confetti, as we celebrate the return of the spring season, the blossoming in motion all around us, and the promise of many long days of summer ahead. And what better way to usher in the fun than with a sweet treat on a stick! These popsicles are not only a celebration of warmer days ahead, but of the launch of Healthade’s newest flavor bomb: Cherry Berry Kombucha. They are ripe with the sweet-tart flavor of cherry balanced by a creamy vanilla base that conjures front-porch ice cream sundaes and backyard picnics. Happy May Day, everyone! Bring on the fun.
• 1 1/2 cups frozen cherries
• 3 tbsp honey
• 1/2 cup Healthade Cherry Berry Kombucha
• 1 1/2 cups full fat coconut milk
• 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
• pinch (or two) of sea salt
• 3 oz. good quality dark chocolate, melted (optional)
In a medium-sized pot, combine the cherries and 1 tbsp honey over medium heat. Cook, stirring regularly and breaking down the cherries with the back of your spoon, until mixture thickens slightly and becomes jammy. Transfer cherry mixture to a small bowl and allow to cool.
In the same pan (no need to wash it if you’re feeling uninspired!), combine the coconut milk, vanilla extract, remaining 2 tbsp honey, and sea salt, and cook over medium-low heat just until warm and fully combined. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.
Add the 1/2 cup cherry berry kombucha to the cooked and cooled cherry mixture, and whisk gently until just combined. Carefully divide the mixture between a 10-pop popsicle mold (like this one). Gently spoon the cooked and cooled coconut milk mixture over the cherry mixture in each popsicle mold, allowing the two to naturally swirl as you spoon it in. Add popsicle sticks, and freeze the cherry berry bomb pops until fully frozen–at least 6 hours or overnight if possible.
Remove popsicles from the mold, and drizzle with melted chocolate to make them extra celebratory. Carefully place popsicles on a cold sheet pan covered in parchment paper or foil, and return to the freezer until chocolate is set and pops are once again frozen solid. Eat outside with friends, or take my advice and enjoy them as a sunny morning breakfast treat. :)