I feel like popsicles are one of those often overlooked somewhat healthy treats. Sure, there are junky ones on the loose but homemade popsicles can end up being a healthy alternative to more traditional desserts.
Popsicles aren’t just for summer either! They make a year round treat and are especially handy to have on hand when a sore throat strikes and nothing else will soothe it.
Enter Kombucha popsicles.
If you are here for this kombucha popsicle recipe my guess is that you already know all about kombucha. If you don’t you can learn the ins and outs of kombucha over at Kombucha Kamp.
Getting back to these easy berry kombucha popsicles…
When I first decided to make kombucha popsicles I did so using my root beer kombucha recipe. It was a disaster but not because there was anything wrong with my root beer kombucha. No. It was all about my method.
You see, you can’t just pour kombucha into popsicle molds and freeze it. Freezing carbonation creates a really interesting result. Basically the liquid puffs up and eventually either bursts out of the popsicle mold or sort of drips down the side and freezes (think lava flow from a volcano).
Basically I was left with about ½ inch of popsicle and a very messy, sticky freezer. Not cool. But not as un-cool as the time I tried to ice skate with my extra SCOBYs.
I know better than to freeze carbonation but for some reason my brain doesn’t associate kombucha with fizz. Oh well – it was a lesson learned.
As such, I came up with what is now a tried and true recipe that I am sharing with you all today!
Easy Berry Kombucha Popsicles
These suckers are very easy to make. There is the best method which creates a really delicious flavor combination and there is the shortcut method which also creates a delicious kombucha popsicle but in my opinion can result in a slightly watered down version. I prefer to take the extra 30 minutes and do things the right way.
There really is no right or wrong flavor combination here. I am sharing my personal favorite but if berry kombucha popsicles aren’t your jam, why not try one of these flavor combos?
- Cherry + Lime
- Cherry + Blueberry
- Pineapple + Lime
- Grape + Peach
- Apple + Orange
- Strawberry + Kiwi
- Strawberry + Watermelon
- Honeydew + Raspberry
- Cucumber + Raspberry
- Watermelon + Mint
- Blueberry + Ginger
This list is truly endless. Have fun and play around until you find your most favorite kombucha popsicle flavor combination!
Do I Have To Use Homemade Kombucha or Plain Kombucha? Can I Use Store Bought Kombucha?
Nope. I get that not everyone has the time or desire to brew kombucha or create all kinds of fancy flavorings. I also get that you might not prefer plain kombucha. Use whatever kombucha your heart desires. I use plain when I am adding various berries and fruits to my kombucha popsicles since I want t flavors of whatever I am adding in. But you can certainly experiment with flavored kombucha to see what happens.
My root beer kombucha does make an excellent kombucha popsicle on its own. My apple pie kombucha isn’t my first choice in popsicle form but that’s because I don’t like “spiced” flavored popsicles in the first place.
For Those Of You Worried About Freezing Probiotics…
The good news is that probiotics can withstand cold temperatures. It’s when they get hot that things start to wonky. Now you aren’t going to want to leave kombucha popsicles in a deep freeze for a year or anything but they can hang out in your average freezer conditions for a few weeks. But how often do homemade popsicles last that long?
Is It Okay to Use Stainless Steel Popsicle Molds with Kombucha?
Sort of. I love my Onyx stainless steel popsicle molds and feel confident using them with these berry kombucha popsicles. I can’t say the same of other stainless steel popsicle molds. I’ve researched stainless steel and kombucha pretty heavily (you can read my post about whether it is safe to brew kombucha in stainless steel), and it’s my understanding that so long as you’re using good quality stainless steel container (not aluminum, and not one only coated in stainless steel), it should be fine.
To be totally safe, I would suggest using silicone popsicles molds like these.
With that all out of the way, let’s get to this easy berry kombucha popsicle recipe shall we?
- 24 ounces kombucha (plain is preferred but you do you)
- 1 cup berries (I use ¼ cup raspberries, ¼ cup blueberries, and ½ cup strawberries)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- You are going to want to kombucha to get a little flat first. I pour it into a 4 cup glass measuring cup (like this one) and let it sit out while I move on to step two.
- In a small saucepan, semi-mash the berries* until you have released their juices. Add the honey and over low heat, bring the mixture to a boil.
- Lower the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
- Pour the berry mixture into the glass measuring cup with the kombucha.
- Whisk it gently to mix everything around.
- Fill the popsicles molds ¾ full.
- Allow to freeze for 4 hours.
If you are short on time and just want to make popsicles, simply puree the berries and honey and mix it with the kombucha. Continue as directed.
* If you are not a fan of berry chunks, you can puree the berries before heating them with the honey.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 popsicle
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 37 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 4mg Carbohydrates: 8g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 6g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g
Looking for other frozen treats?
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