Blueberry, Thyme and Sweet Cream Ice Pops

These ice pops use frozen Maine blueberries, which are deliciously sweet and can be found all year long. Sweetened condensed milk steeped with fresh thyme is a creamy, herbaceous addition. (To make the pops more kid-friendly, omit the thyme.)
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 8 hr 40 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Inactive: 8 hr 30 min
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

2 1/2 cups frozen Maine blueberries

1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

2 tablespoons sugar

4 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped (about 2 tablespoons chopped)

Kosher salt

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Directions

Special equipment:
Four 4-ounce ice-pop molds or six 3-ounce molds, 4 or 6 ice-pop sticks
  1. Take the berries out of the freezer to thaw. Bring the milk, 1/4 cup water, sugar, thyme and a pinch of salt to a simmer in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Let cool completely at room temperature, at least 30 minutes.
  2. Put 2 cups of the blueberries and the lemon juice in a blender. Strain the cooled milk mixture into the blender, pressing on it with a wooden spoon to extract as much flavor from the thyme as possible; discard the thyme. Puree the blueberry mixture until completely smooth, scraping down the sides of the blender partway through if needed. Transfer the mixture to a large liquid measuring cup with a pouring spout. Stir in the remaining 1/2 cup blueberries.
  3. Pour the mixture into the ice-pop molds, leaving at least 1/4 inch of space at the top (the mixture will expand). Insert the sticks. Freeze until solid, 5 hours to overnight. Unmold, and enjoy immediately.

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