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Gooseberry and Red Currant Popsicles And More Popsicles

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Have I gone gooseberry crazy? It’s all together possible!  Wasting food is abhorent to me and I wanted to make sure I used every single gooseberry and currant that I bought. Besides the crumble which is pretty standard fare I wanted to do something a little bit different with them. Since it’s so hot out I decided that popsicles would be the way to go, icy and cold and delicious a great way to beat the heat and use up my berries. In making the popsicles I discovered the real flavor of the gooseberry, there is a lovely floral note and when cooked with some sugar and water, it really brings out the flavor. It reminds me a little of elderflower. The popsicles are a mix of green and purple gooseberries and at the end after straining the pulp I added the red currants distributing into a half frozen popsicle. Don’t throw that pulp away, it’s really delicious with just a couple of tablespoons of the syrup to loosen it up, it makes a delicious preserve or jam on biscuits, scones or toast.  FYI, the gooseberries and currants are labor intensive to clean and de stem, kind of like pitting cherries. Each gooseberry needs to be clipped on each and end and the currants are very tiny and each individual currant needs to be picked off of the stems. Labor intensive but worth the effort.

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Gooseberry and Red Currant Popsicles

Makes 8 popsicles

1 pint gooseberries (approx)clipped

1-1 1/4 cups sugar (You can add less if using the sweeter gooseberry, I mixed them and they were very sour)

1 1/4 cup water

1/3 (approx) cup red currants

Put the gooseberries, sugar and water in a pot. Bring to a boil and continue cooking until the berries pop open. Strain into heat proof bowl or cup.  Immediatly add the currants and let them sit until it cools then refrigerate.

I decided to add some red currents that would be suspended inside the popsicle. The currants float in the liquid so in order to ensure that they are dispersed within the pop I partially froze it. a couple of hours in the freezer without the stick inserted, the mixture is not frozen solid just slushy, you then place some currants in and spread them around with a skewer, insert the sticks and put back in the freezer.

So pretty

We are smack dab in the middle of a heat wave with temperatures soaring to almost 100 degree’s and thats not the heat index. I so love my popsicle mold I have been making popsicles all the time, they are stockpiled in my freezer. I really love experimenting, in the summer lemonade and iced tea are favorite drinks that I almost always keep in the refrigerator. So I thought I would make both into popsicles. Sweet tea with mint and lemonade with raspberries. Ice cold and portable these popsicles are wonderful. All you need to do is make lemonade and iced tea, no recipe required. When the popsicles were partially frozen after 2 hours in the freezer I added some raspberries to the lemonade and mint leaves to the sweet tea. I ran out of lemonade so made one Arnold Palmer popsicle, half lemonade and half tea.

sweet tea and lemonade raspberry popsicles

sweet tea and lemonade raspberry popsicles

All of these frozen treats are coming with me to Angie’s for Fiesta Friday #129. Got my ice chest ready and I will rush over so they don’t melt. This week’s co hosts are Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook and Colleen @ Faith, Hope, Love & Luck. See you all at the party!

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  1. The popsicles turned out so pretty, with the extras suspended throughout. The heat just won’t let up here. So they look extra refreshing too. Mega hugs.

    July 22, 2016
  2. Waste not want not! Sound incredibly scrumptious and perfect for these hot days!!! Woo-Hoo enjoy your weekend! xx Hugs

    July 22, 2016
  3. These popsicles are so perfectly gorgeous! They look so refreshing too. I’ve yet to get that mould but it’s on my mind like I need another toy!

    July 22, 2016
    • Thanks Julie! I know the last thing I needed was another tou in my already over crowded kitchen but I use it all the time and it’s fun!!

      July 22, 2016
  4. These are beautiful and look right up my alley – tart and cool ! You did a wonderful job making great use of the gooseberries. 🙂

    Also thank you for the reminder that I have a Popsicle mold somewhere in the depths of my cabinets!

    July 22, 2016
    • Thanks Ahu, Popsicles are such a great way to cool down. I love making them. Stay cool my friend.

      July 22, 2016
  5. Wow these are gorgeous and refreshing! You sure made good use of the gooseberries!

    July 22, 2016
    • Thanks Lynn, I really liked the gooseberries. My first time trying them and now I wish I had bought them before. Thank you so much.

      July 22, 2016
  6. Yum! Lovely

    July 22, 2016
  7. Love, Love, Love!! Suzanne I love all you do, these are so awesome and you will need them to stay cool this weekend…I know here its going to brutally HOT!!! Stay cool girl!!! Cheers my Friend!! 🙂

    July 22, 2016
    • Boy I tell you, it’s hot as the blazes here. Cold is definitely the way to go. Stay cool Amy!!

      July 22, 2016
  8. Gorgeous, Suzanne! And so refreshing! I love sweet tea pops, too!

    July 22, 2016
    • Thanks Em, love sweet tea. I feel badly about the sugar but it just tastes so good.

      July 22, 2016
  9. Pretty and refreshing looking Popsicles, Suzanne! Where can I get fresh gooseberries and currants I wonder… 🤔

    July 22, 2016
    • I found them at the farmers market not sure they are available nationwide. Thank you so much Angie. Better than pouring a drink

      July 22, 2016
  10. Beautiful, look so refreshing – and lovely – Thank you, dear Suzanne, so full of ideas – Do have a nice week-end – amitiés et bises – france

    July 22, 2016
    • C’est très chaud, ugh… Merci, France. Have a lovely weekend also.

      July 22, 2016
  11. What a great idea Suzanne, I would love to have one of your Popsicles. A great way to stay cool.

    July 22, 2016
    • Thanks Gerlinde, they are an excellent way of cooling down. I am making a lot of popsicles and bringing them to a BBQ tomorrow, the temperature is going to soar to 100 degree’s and popsicle will be just the thing. Thanks againa and stay cool.

      July 22, 2016
  12. Ok, the gooseberry popsicles are interesting and pretty… but the Arnold Palmer popsicles!!! My dad and husband are going to be so happy!!

    July 22, 2016
    • The Arnold Palmer is conspiculously absent from the photo because that was mine and was gone in a minute, Its a favorite drink and is so good in popsicle form. Thank you so much Sadie.

      July 22, 2016
  13. I love homemade popsicles and yours are gorgeous! I love the combination of flavors. YUM 🙂

    July 22, 2016
    • Thank you so much Sarah, they are just whats needed in this summer heat.

      July 22, 2016
  14. Those Popsicles look so refreshing and tasty! They sure look good these days when it’s so hot outside! Love your idea of the lemonade & tea. I’ll have to try these this weekend

    July 22, 2016
    • They are just perfect for these hot days. My favorite was the lemonade, it was very tart. I don’t make it sweet. Thank you so much.

      July 22, 2016
  15. What a fun (and tasty) thing to do with the gooseberries, Suzanne! I really love popcicles and yours are such fun flavors. The mint is a great idea in the tea one. Wish I had one of them right now! It is very hot and humid out, but the monsoons aren’t coming through with too much rain, yet.

    July 22, 2016
    • We had rain the other day but nothing in the forcast for the next week or so we are in what they call a heat dome. The hot humid air is not going anywhere. Thanks so much Shari.

      July 22, 2016
  16. I love these Suzanne and all of your gooseberry creations! What a unique and yummy summer treat 😀

    July 22, 2016
  17. Very refreshing popsicle!! Nice use of the gooseberrys suzanne:))

    July 22, 2016
  18. You are the popsicle queen! They look so refreshing! I am loving your gooseberry adventure!

    July 22, 2016
    • I think I’ve gone overboard with the popsicles. No more recipes for pops. Thanks so much Michelle.

      July 22, 2016
      • Are you kidding. It’s over 100 degrees here; I am loving the popsicles.

        July 24, 2016
  19. Love the color of your popsicles, I bet these are refreshing and delicious!

    July 22, 2016
  20. Oh wow Suzanne, those look so good!!! Way to go for pushing through that labor intensive process in order not to waste good produce. It’s been in the 70s here, but is supposed to get into the 90s this weekend BUT we are headed to our river property on the coast and the forecast the next four days is sunny and in the mid- to upper-60s, yay! I love that kind of weather on the coast, as it’s so humid there that the 60s feel like the 80s. I am terribly sorry though that you are having such hot and humid weather over there.

    July 22, 2016
    • Oh gosh I’m jealous. Tomorrow could hit 100 and we are in a “heat dome”. All the concrete here makes it worse. Have fun sounds glorious just the temps I love. Give me the 60’s😃

      July 22, 2016
  21. Reblogged this on ravenhawks' magazine and commented:
    Wow just perfect for this heat wave we are having

    July 23, 2016
    • Thanks Dyanna, It’s hot and all I can think about is something cold. Thank you for the reblog.

      July 23, 2016
  22. This is a good way to use those gooseberries. I haven’t tried using them, but these popsicles will be a good start. These are perfect for the hot weather outside and of course, for this week’s FF. Thanks for sharing these beauties, Suzanne. Have a lovely weekend!

    July 23, 2016
  23. These popsicles look just perfect Suzanne. I need one! 🙂

    July 23, 2016
  24. Thanks so much for this one Suzanne. I happen to have a load of gooseberries and currants in my garden, and I’ve been running out of ideas of what to do with them. This works for me!

    July 23, 2016
    • The gooseberry popsicle is delicious. Wish I had gooseberries in my garden

      July 23, 2016
  25. These look absolutely amazing!!!

    July 23, 2016
  26. I received a lot of gooseberries last year in my CSA fruit share & was a little stumped. I’m trying these for sure this year! They have such fabulous color and sound delicious. Thanks, Suzanne!

    July 23, 2016
    • They are delicious, very tart most of them so sugar is a must unless you use them in savory dish. I really liked the crumble as well. Thank you so much Josette.

      July 23, 2016
      • SO tart. I couldn’t believe how much work was required to prep them too! They are special because they seem to be relatively uncommon around here. The fun part was finding the best use for them. 🙂

        July 24, 2016
  27. These look so good! I could soooo go for a popsicle right about now!

    July 23, 2016
  28. They’re so pretty Suzanne!! Good job making those most of those gooseberries!! Now I’m curious to try them after reading your flavor description. Hope you’re managing well in the heat there… hugs!

    July 23, 2016
    • Thanks Rhonda, it’s hot out, really hot, this heat dome is the worst. Love gooseberries. They have such a different and distinct flavor. Hope you get to try them. Hoping next weekend isn’t quite so hot I want to go and get more.

      July 24, 2016
      • That’s so fun that those gooseberries have won you over!! (since you initially weren’t sure what to do with them). Here’s hoping for cooler days ahead… At least you have popsicles!! xo

        July 24, 2016
      • I have freezer full, my friends just came over and we all sat on the stoop eating popsicles. It’s going to be hotter and more humid tomorrow and Tuesday. Thanks Rhonda.

        July 24, 2016
  29. I can’t say that I’ve ever had the opportunity to eat a gooseberry, but if it’s anything like the taste of elderflower…sign me up!!! Happy Fiesta Friday!

    July 23, 2016
    • Before a few weeks ago neither had I, well I had the opportunity just ignored them everytime I saw them. Thanks Colleen and thank you for co hosting this week.

      July 24, 2016
  30. I love them!! They must be fun to make….will go shopping for some molds😊

    July 24, 2016
    • Thank you so much Marisa, I love my molds and am making way too many popsicles.

      July 24, 2016
  31. Sandhya #

    You have inspired me to go get popsicle molds, Suzanne! Popsicles are perfect for this heat wave and your popsicles are stunningly beautiful and yummy too.
    I don’t like wasting food either so can relate to you using up the gooseberries….and am so glad you did! the results are spectacular!
    I like the sweet after taste the tart gooseberries leave in the mouth.Love the suspended look of the berries and mint in the lemonade!

    July 24, 2016
    • Thanks so much Sandhya, the gooseberries are a real treat. So tart and sweet and delicious. I really want to try the Indian gooseberry, a pickle sounds delicious.

      July 24, 2016
      • Sandhya #

        I have not seen the fresh ones here in the US so far. The frozen ones pale in comparison:(

        July 25, 2016
  32. I’m so impressed with your popsicles! I love gooseberries! What a treat!!

    July 24, 2016
  33. Loved the Popsicles Suzanne!
    My husband loves Arnold Palmer and it is on my drafts to blog soon 😀

    July 24, 2016
  34. Excellent looking ice-pops! The colour of red-pink is adorable & ooh so inviting too! I also love your other one’s! yum yum,…lick lick! 🙂

    July 25, 2016
  35. The popsicles look so good! The weather here is so hot right now, I wish I have one of those popsicles to cool me down!

    July 25, 2016
  36. Oh wow! What a fun way to use up the rest of your bounty! They look perfect 🙂

    July 25, 2016
    • Thanks so much Mary Frances. I had fun making the different dishes with the produce.

      July 25, 2016
  37. Popsicles looks awesome !! I will make it today. Thanks for sharing this recipe 🙂

    July 26, 2016
  38. I’m sure they are delicious! 🙂

    July 26, 2016
  39. Stephanie @ The Cozy Cook #

    DAAHHH, I’ve been DYING to make Popsicles! (Or at least EAT some..) It’s been 90 degrees every day and I’m not cool with it……….. I never thought I’d want winter back but I think I might be ready…..! These look SOOO good though, awesome pics too, yummmm!!!

    July 26, 2016
    • I’m with you bring on winter it has been over 90 almost every single day some days close to 100 can’t take it!!!

      July 26, 2016
  40. I would say I’d stop by and steal some of these out of your freezer but I can’t bring myself to leave the house with this heat! It’s terrible! I’m a sweaty mess within minutes of leaving the house (TMI?). Anyways, these popsicles look amazing, and are making me hungry! Iced Tea pops are my favorite too, we used to always make them as kids!

    July 26, 2016
    • I know I barely leave my home and when I do it’s early in the morning or after the sun goes down. You know I never had an iced tea pop, I guess it’s the same but I used to make ice cubes from iced tea and used them in the the iced tea so as not to water it down. Stay cool and thank you.

      July 26, 2016
  41. Gooseberry Crazy is the best kind of crazy! Love the post!

    July 27, 2016
  42. Hi Suzanne, your popsicles look fantastic, they would be especially welcome in this heat. I really love the iced tea version, sounds delicious and such a great idea!

    July 27, 2016
  43. All your popsicles lookperfect for the hot weather you’re having, but I really like the idea of using up surplus gooseberries (or goosegogs, as kids in the UK always called them in my day) and redcurrants. I’m certainly going to make some of those. 🙂

    July 28, 2016
  44. What is more inviting than popsicle treats in the hot summer days? They are colorful, with surprises in them, and look so scrumptious! Just 2 days ago, I watched a TV program that the lady was planting gooseberry tree/bush in her back yard, and how she made jam with it mixing it with raspberries. I have never seen gooseberries in our market. 😦

    July 29, 2016
    • Thank you so much Fae, yes for sure on the super hot days a Popsicle is a welcome treat. I would love to have a gooseberry bush, they are so nice. Have a great weekend!

      July 29, 2016
  45. Oooh I love it, what a great idea of what to do with the gooseberries! I wish I could try one 🙂

    August 12, 2016

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