The last few weeks have been ridiculously hot, bringing an unfortunate end to my drinking warm tea. Rather than fall back on the traditional iced tea, I decided to experiment a bit. When I was younger, I had a set of popsicles molds and I would make ice pops by freezing juice.
So why not use tea? Tea Popsicles!
I picked four types of tea to experiment with – Pumpkin Spice, Mandarin Orange Green Tea, English Breakfast, and Black Cherry Berry.
I purposely picked teas that were very different from one another to see which ones made the best popsicles. Then I removed the cats from the countertop. After boiling a pot of water, I poured it into four mugs and steeped the tea.
Getting the tea from the mugs into the molds proved to be another matter entirely. Had I thought about it, I should have steeped the tea in something I could easily pour water from. I was glad that I’d put much more water than necessary into the mugs, which allowed for some spilling, but it turned out I was better at it than I gave myself credit for, resulting in some leftover tea for me to drink. Yum. In an effort to remember which tea was frozen in which popsicle, I poured the Black Cherry Berry into the red one, the English Breakfast into the blue one, the Mandarin Orange Green Tea into the green one, and the Pumpkin Spice into the yellow one. Then all I had to do was put the lid/stick things in, stick the molds into the freezer, and wait.
Finally they were frozen.
Getting them out of the molds proved to be more difficult than pouring the liquid in, but the result was pretty good. Admittedly, my dad couldn’t define the flavor of the Mandarin Orange Green (although whether that was the popsicle or my dad is debatable) and my mom thought her Black Cherry Berry teasicle could have been steeped a little longer. Sarah said that her English Breakfast pop tasted just like the tea, only frozen, and I enjoyed my Pumpkin Spice teasicle immensely.
Next time I plan to steep the tea longer to improve the flavor. I will also not fill the molds as full so that I don’t have the problem of teasicles that have welded themselves to the mold. (My mom and I had to run them under water and twist and pull for a good five minutes before it worked.) But it was definitely successful. Who knows, having popsicles made of tea might even help to introduce young children to the tea world.
(You can also check out Jennifer Cook’s recipe recipe for TEAsicles.)
This article has been reformatted and updated from the original August 2010 publication.
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