Orange Pekoe Iced Tea Popsicles

This summery tea popsicle is such a nifty way to serve “tea” and can be made full-calorie (with orange juice and sugar), or lower calorie, as modified.  Orange Pekoe is a black tea — it has no orange flavoring. The “orange” refers to the bright color of the oxidized tea leaves.   This recipe, however, adds that orange flavoring!

Occasionally we share higher calorie recipes from a spa or resort destination because it is was requested by a reader or is a guest favorite in the dining rooms of spas and resorts which don’t necessarily cater to a lower fat or specific diet plan.   Not all spa guests have specific dietary needs, and most healthy eating plans will agree that an occasional indulgence is tolerated and encouraged if it will help you “stay on program.”     This is a perfect way to do just that.

Orange Pekoe Iced Tea Popsicles
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Recipes: Desserts
Ingredients
For Orange Pekoe Simple Syrup
  • 1 quart water
  • 4 cups sugar *
  • 6 bags orange pekoe tea
For Popsicles:
  • 5 cups orange pekoe simple syrup
  • 4 cups orange juice *
  • 1 cup water
Method
  1. Make the tea syrup, first. Boil water and sugar until dissolved, and steep 6 bags orange pekoe tea for approximately 5 minutes, taking care not to overboil. Cool, and set aside.
  2. Mix popsicle ingredients and strain. Pour into popsicle molds, insert wooden sticks, and freeze until solid.
Notes
We successfully substituted Splenda blend for baking to reduce the sugar calories by 50%; and we successfully substituted Minute Maid Reduced Calorie orange juice to reduce the juice calories by 50%, however, we preferred the regular fruit juice for flavor. We have also tested Agave Syrup and Coconut Crystals in place of sugar, but had mixed results.

August 6, 2013 |

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