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Strawberry Basil Popsicles Recipe from Little Rock

Le Pops gourmet popsicles shares a recipe for this wholesome summer treat.

While recently filming in Little Rock, we explored The Heights, a neighborhood known for it’s cool, independently owned shops and restaurants. One sweet stop in particular stood out… Le Pops. This gourmet popsicle shop uses fresh Arkansas produce to create really tasty popsicles in a variety of flavors. On our visit, salted caramel, cherry creme fraiche, Mayan chocolate and raspberry mango were just some of the flavors. I choose strawberry, having recently visited the Little Rock Farmers Market and knowing just how good those Arkansas berries can be. Hand dipped in chocolate, it was divine.

We love sharing recipes for great treats we find on the road and with summer approaching, we were happy when Laurie Harrison shared the below special Le Pops recipe for strawberry basil popsicles. Enjoy!

Strawberry Basil Popsicle Ingredients

2 pounds strawberries (local berries are best)

12 ounces sugar

12 ounces water

36 grams basil

Next Steps

Combine sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil. Remove from heat. Add the basil and let steep for 20 minutes. Strain, pressing on the basil to get as much delicious syrup as possible. Cool completely. Blend with the strawberries. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze. To unmold, run cool water over the molds to loosen the popsicles.

Experiment with other herbs. Chocolate mint is particularly delicious. You may need to adjust the amount of herb.

Meeting Laurie Harrison, whose family started and owns Le Pops.

Meeting Laurie Harrison, whose family started and owns Le Pops.

After picking your pop, you can also ask it be hand dipped in white, milk or dark chocolate.

After picking your pop, you can also ask it be hand dipped in white, milk or dark chocolate.

Le Pops uses locally grown produce and herbs for their iced lollies.

Le Pops uses locally grown produce and herbs for their iced lollies.

Inside Le Pops in The Heights.

Inside Le Pops in The Heights.

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