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Patriot Pops

Lectin free, sugar free, dye free riff on the classic Bomb Pop, this homemade popsicle is sure to please kids and adults alike. Make them for America's birthday!

My Lectin Free Gourmet Patriot Pop is reminiscent of the bright red, white, and blue frozen treat you might know as the Bomb Pop, Firecracker, or Rocket Pop.

Lick to reveal familiar cherry, lemonade and blue raspberry flavors. What you won't miss are the corn syrup, sugar and artificial colors of those old pops. Enjoy Patriot Pops any day of the year. But they're especially patriotic on the Fourth of July, our nation's Independence Day.

"I'll have a Bomb Pop please!" This was always my order when the ice cream man came to our street. My LFG Patriot Pops are sure to make you wax nostalgic for the good old 1970s when you played outside all summer long.

My brother and I would fill our days building forts, jumping off a giant rope swing into the Mississippi River, fishing for sunnies and crappies off our dock, skate boarding, and playing ding dong ditch. But we'd stop everything and tune our ears to the tinkling tone we knew to be a cold treat heading in our direction. The faint sound meant the ice cream truck was near. We'd make a mad dash for cash and run toward the crescendoing chimes.

If you're too young to remember the '70s, trust me! Those were some fun times skating around the block, Bomb Pop in one hand, boom box blasting the Bee Gees in the other.

To make these you'll need a good popsicle mold. The rocket shape is going to give you the result most like the original bomb pop, but any popsicle molds will do. You'll be making the popsicles in three stages to get all three layers set. But rest assured, this recipe is super easy.

I hope my Patriot Pops make remind you of your childhood when you eat them.


The Recipe

(makes 6 pops)

LFG Patriot Pops

Red Layer

1/4 Cup Tart Cherries (canned in water)

1/4 Cup Water from Canned Tart Cherries

1/4 Cup VitaFiber Prebiotic IMO Syrup or Yacon Syrup

5-6 drops natural red food color (or 1 tsp freshly grated beet)

White Layer

1/4 Cup Water

1/4 Cup Lemon (juiced)

1 Tbsp. Canned Coconut Cream

1 tsp. Lakanto Monk Fruit or Stevia Drops (Lemon Flavor)

1 tsp. Erythritol Granules (or to taste)

Blue Layer

1/4 Cup Fresh Organic Blueberries

1/4 Cup Frozen Wild Blueberries

1 Tbsp. Fresh or Frozen Raspberries

2 Tbsp. Just Blueberry Juice

Step 1: Make the Red Layer

In a blender, add juice, tart cherries, IMO syrup, and natural color (or beets). Puree until very smooth. Divide between 6 popsicle molds, and fill to just one-third full. Place molds in freezer without the sticks for one hour or until just barely set. Rinse the blender for the next layer.

Step 2: Make the White Layer

When red layer is set, pour water, lemon juice, coconut cream, and sweeteners into blender. Blend until dissolved and well mixed. Divide and pour into 6 popsicle molds by pouring over the red layer to two-thirds full. Freeze for one hour without the sticks until just set. Rinse blender for the next layer.

Step 3: Make the Blue Layer

When white layer is just set, fill the rest of the molds with fresh blueberries. Then in the blender, puree frozen blueberries, raspberries, and juice until smooth. Pour into the molds enough to cover the blueberries. Insert sticks. If the white or red layers are too frozen solid, insert skewers down the center of the two frozen layers and wiggle a path for the stick. Freeze two or more hours until solid. The blue layer will freeze around the stick to hold it in place.

Serve LFG Patriot Pops at your Fourth of July backyard gathering. ENJOY! And, Happy Birthday, America!

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