Cool down with these refreshing Green Tea Hibiscus Pops, because the only thing better than iced tea is FROZEN tea!
Starbucks has this super tasty tea on the menu called “Iced Passion Tango” and I puffy heart it. Big time. As a treat, I’ll order it from the coffeebucks section of Target and sip while I shop. In reality the ordeal is less sipping and more chugging because the second my toddler gets ahold of it, there’s no getting my bevvy back. Girlfriend is obsessed with any and all things hibiscus and green tea. Unsweetened even!
Since our taste in beverages is very much aligned, and since it’s hotter than Hades outside, we decided to turn our tea-time treat into a frozen pop. A brilliant idea that resulted in nearly 5 hours of toddler-induced harassment while we waited for the pops to freeze. I think at one point she grew tired of waiting and tried to put me in time out.
Luckily we both agreed they were well worth the wait!
Care to join us? All the cool kids are freezing their tea! (pun intended) Also, that COLOR! They’re so vibrant and fun and, to the chickpea’s delight, shockingly pink!
Green Tea Hibiscus Pops
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Green Tea Hibiscus Pops
Yield 10 servings
- 24 oz water
- 2 teabags: green tea
- 2 teabags: hibiscus
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup fresh pineapple juice
- juice of 1 lime
- Bring water to a boil.
- Add hibiscus tea bags and steep for 10 minutes, adding the green tea bags at the 8 minute mark.
- Remove tea bags and stir in sugar until dissolved.
- Add pineapple and lime juice and allow mixture to cool.
- Using a funnel or a measuring cup with an easy-pour spout, pour the tea into a 10-pop mold.
- Leave a little bit of empty space at the top of each pop mold, pops will expand when they freeze.
- Freeze until solid: Approx. 5 hours or overnight.
- If your mold uses a lid and wooden sticks, you can allow your pops to partially freeze, uncovered, for about an hour, then add the lid and carefully insert the sticks. The partially frozen slush will cradle the stick and help you keep it straight for easy removal. This method is great because you can also place the sticks more on the shallow side this way, allowing more of a handle for little (or large!) hands to grip.
- EASY REMOVAL: To remove pops from even the most stubborn sticky situation, fill an extra large bowl with water and lightly dip your pop mold into the water, steering clear of the top so you don't submerge it. Pops will come out clean and easy and can go through a "second freeze" (see storage tip below) to make them extra firm and less likely to melt all over you.
This recipe was developed using this 10-pop mold. If using a smaller 6-8 pop mold, simply save the remainder of the liquid to make more pops later or pour into an ice cube tray for tasty flavored ice cubes!
See post below for my tips and tricks for perfect pops, every time!
Get Pretty! – paper straws make a fun and interesting pop handle. Match them to your party decor or snag a few bold patterns! I use two side by side to keep them sturdy + functional! ??
Hibiscus-pomegranate blends and hibiscus-passionfruit blends are also super popular and easy to find, feel free to snag one of those as well if you come across it! I’ve even seen one that is a mix of hibiscus and peach that sounds simply phenomenal. Snag whatever looks amazing to you and have fun with these frozen tea pops!
If you’re extra OCD, you’ll notice one pop is missing from the above photo.
Does it drive anyone else cuckoo for cocoa puffs? Just me?
The chickpea, my photography assistant and Peas and Crayons taste tester extraordinaire, insisted she must run quality control on this batch of Green Tea Hibiscus Pops right away, before a single photo may be taken. After she giddily devoured the pop and gave me a high-five for making her the most beautiful pink pop she ever did see, this mama got to work… FAST!
Have I mentioned how hard it is to photograph ice pops? Holy COW those babies like to melt, especially in this heat. I cranked the AC, cringed over my impending electrical bill, and started snapping, hoping the photos would do these super vivid pops justice.
Since I don’t want to be “that guy” that sends you to an old post for all the information you could toooootally use for this recipe, here’s a little recap of my frozen pop tips, tricks, and shenanigans!
Frozen Pop Tips + Tricks
- You can make frozen pops with literally anything you have on hand: fresh fruit, frozen fruit, and juice all work great. We’re loving our Tropical Fruit Pops and these Green Tea Hibiscus Pops!
- You’ll need more liquid ingredients if using frozen fruit and less for fresh. Start with just a little and you can always add more as needed. Have fun experimenting!
- Frozen ingredients expand, so make sure you leave a little space at the top of your pop mold to prevent the lid from sticking or from messy overflow. Usually 1/4 inch of spaces will cover it.
- To ensure the sticks stay upright and don’t migrate, I freeze the pops uncovered, for about an hour, then carefully insert the sticks. The partially frozen slush will cradle the stick and help you keep it straight for easy removal. You can also place the sticks more on the shallow side this way, allowing more of a handle for little (or large!) hands to grip.
- To remove pops from even the most stubborn sticky situation, fill an extra large bowl with water and lightly dip your pop mold into the water, steering clear of the top so you don’t submerge it. Pops will come out clean and easy and can go through a “second freeze” (see storage tip below) to make them extra firm and less likely to melt all over you. Less stubborn pop molds can simply be run under warm water for easy release.
Storage + Freezing
Once you remove your pops from mold, individually wrap in baggies or in a tight layer or two of plastic wrap and freeze for an additional 30 minutes. The second freeze helps set the pops so they don’t melt immediately when you start eating them. Wrapped pops may be stored for a few weeks and are SO much cheaper than store bought!
I hope y’all love these Green Tea Hibiscus Pops as much as we do!
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