I am on an all things citrus kick lately. Maybe it’s the flu going around or maybe it’s me craving some warm weather but whatever it is, my kitchen smelled like a citrus grove last week and I loved it. I love blood oranges, the vibrant color, the super juicy fruit. Perfection! When I was searching for something different, I found these and immediately moved them to the top of my must try list. I was slightly discouraged when I didn’t have vanilla beans left to make the syrup, but then realized that I had homemade vanilla extract…and simple syrup…so I was going to be just fine. Not only are these packed with vitamin C there are basically no preservatives and zero red 40. Yay! The vanilla syrup balances out the tartness of the juice. A combination that is so refreshing it’s hard to eat one. And honestly, if you went for two, who cares, they’re healthy! I opted for the wooden sticks for this batch. I will say the foil method is magic, once you get it to work. I had a hard time with my sticks staying in place and not floating to the top. So annoying! But third time was the charm. I poked the foil with a sharp knife and then slide the stick in…worked like a charm! If you wanted to get fancy you could add some color to the sticks, or use different shapes.
Blood Orange Vanilla Popsicles
- Juice blood oranges to get 2 1/2 cups of juice. If you have a juicer, use it! If not, just do it the good old fashioned way like I did!
- Measure out the simple syrup in a liquid measuring cup. Add in 2 tsp. vanilla extract. I would highlly recommend using homemade for this. I have not testing it with any other version.
- Pour the simple syrup into the juice and combine. Taste the liquid, if you think it needs more vanilla, add it in here.
- Pour the juice into the Popsicle mold. Use the sticks that come with it, or use the foil method I described above.
Recipe slightly adapted from Everyday Annie.