Patriotic Red and Blue Freezer Pops are sure to be a big hit with the kids! So cute served at Memorial Day and Fourth of July celebrations!
Kids of all ages love ice pop, especially when they are red and blue! Why choose between blue or red when you can have both!
These are easy to make, even the kids can join in and help.
Change the Colors of Your Freezer Pops
Red and Blue Freezer Pops are always a fun addition at Fourth of July and Memorial Day picnics. The colors can be changed for other holidays and party theme colors.
The layer colors can be changed as desired by changing the flavor of powdered drink mixes you use. The lemonade layer can also be changed with pink lemonade or fruit juice.
The only thing you really need to do is freeze between layers.
Red and Blue Freezer Pops Need to Be Frozen Three Times
Red and Blue Freezer Pops take a bit of time and patience though.
Whenever making layers with these you really have to let each individual layer freeze solid before adding another layer.
So, allow at least 24 hours to make these.
You won’t be working on these for 24 hours straight, but you will want to give them a bit of love every 8 hours or so.
You also need to be very quick with adding additional layers or the layer below will have a chance to melt and mix colors.
A little bit of bleed-through is OK, it kind of blends the colors together rather than giving you a perfect line between layers.
Notes on Making Red and Blue Freezer Pops
Unlike our adult ice pops and slushsicles, when placed into cups for freezing, they will flatten out because they are not completely full.
Just because you can squeeze more of them into a single cup doesn’t mean you should.
Since only 1/3 of the sleeve is filled with liquid, you will flatten the bottom layer and the rest of the Zipzicle sleeve will never fully expand.
If you want skinny ice pops then you will want to cram that cup full.
I personally prefer the full 3-ounce pops, so I do not put more than 4 freezer pops in a cup.
It makes for a better presentation and also buys me a few more minutes for adding the next layer.
If you want a slower melting ice pop, then add some unflavored gelatin to the mix. Since these are served in a sleeve, I am never too worried about them melting too fast.
Instead, these mimic an otter pop, and the best part of an otter pop for me as a kid was the drinking the melted liquid at the bottom of my pop.
The flavors used for Patriotic Red White and Blue Freezer pops were Blue Raspberry Lemonade with 1/8 of teaspoon Royal Blue Food Gel, Lemonade from a powdered mix, and Cherry.
If you want red WHITE and blue, there are invisible kool-aid flavors available, but in my area, it needs to be special ordered.
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Patriotic Red and Blue Freezer Pops
- 1 packet Blue Raspberry Lemonade Unsweetened Drink Mix like Kool-Aid
- 1 cup granulated sugar divided
- 2 cups lemonade
- 1 packet Cherry Unsweetened Drink Mix like Kool-Aid
- 4 cups water
- For blue layer, in a small saucepan bring 1 cup of water to a simmer.
- Add 1/2 cup sugar and blue drink mix, stir to dissolve, remove from heat.
- Add blue food coloring or gel if darker blue is desired. I added about 1/8 teaspoon of royal blue food gel.
- Pour about 1 or ounce, or 2 tablespoons of blue liquid into freezer sleeves.
- Place sleeves into tall cups, depending on cup size you made need 2 or more cups.
- Place in freezer until partially set. About 4 to 6 hours.
- About an hour before filling the middle of these pop, make your lemonade and place in the refrigerator to cool.
- When bottom of the pops are frozen solid, remove from the freezer.
- Add about 1 ounce or 2 tablespoons onto top of partially frozen blue layer and lace back into cups and then freezer until partially frozen. About 4 to 6 hours.
- Make the red layer while the white layer is in the freezer.
- In a clean small saucepan bring 1 cup of water to a simmer. Add 1/2 cup sugar and cherry drink mix to the water and stir until dissolved.
- Remove from heat and add 1 cup of cold water and stir.
- Place cherry drink in the refrigerator to cool completely.
- After 4 to 6 hours, check to be sure the middle layer is solid.
- When frozen solid, remove from freezer and add about 1 ounce, or 2 tablespoons on top of the white layer, being careful not to go past the fill line.
- Place ice pops back into the cup and then freezer until completely frozen. This may take up to 8 more hours.
- Ice Pops may be stored on their sides after they are completely frozen.
- Serve when frozen.
- Ice pops will store in the freezer for at least 1 month.