Strawberry Rhubard & Lime Popsicles

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In Montana there was a really great farmer’s market that we used to go to every weekend.  The first time we went, there was this little booth that sold a bunch of tasty looking baked good.  My husband went right over to the booth and instead of picking out something like their chocolate chip cookies or their doughnuts, he went straight for the rhubarb bars.

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This really surprised me for a few reasons, 1. he can be pretty picky and I, never in a million years, would have guessed that he liked rhubarb, and 2. I didn’t even know if I liked rhubarb and it is rare that he has tried a fruit or vegetable that I have never even tried!  He bought one of the bars and we sat down on the grass and ate it.  And let me tell you, it was SO good!  The crumble was soft and buttery, just the way I like it, and the filling was tart and sweet, but not coyingly sweet.  It was perfect, and to make sure that there was no fighting over who got the last bite, we bought another one to enjoy on the grass and one to take home with us.

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Needless to say, we went back to that baked goods stand every weekend until rhubarb season was over.  Up until recently I had never cooked with rhubarb before.  Something about it kind of freaked me out, considering I am probably one of the biggest hypochondriacs you will ever meet, it was probably the fact that the leaves are poisonous.  I’m not sure what happens if you ingest them, but in my book, poison=bad.  But, when you go to the store you will notice that rhubarb is always sold just as stalks, sans the leaves, so really you have nothing to worry about.  But if you are like me, you will google if rhubarb is poisonous about ten times before you get up the courage to buy it.

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Simmer the fruit and sugar mixture for about 20 minutes until the fruit breaks down.

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Let cool, add the lime zest, and pour into the popsicle molds.

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Eric and I just celebrated our two year wedding anniversary and I wanted to make something special for it.  While popsicles might not be the first thing that pops (no pun intended) into your head when you think of a special occasion dessert, they seemed pretty appropriate to me because after the rhubarb bar incident, I always think of Eric when I see rhubarb, and it is getting really hot here (high of 95 this weekend!) so they seemed like the perfect anniversary treat!

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Strawberry Rhubard & Lime Popsicles
 
Recipe type: Dessert, Gluten Free, Vegan Option
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups diced rhubarb, about 3 stalks
  • 2½ cups diced strawberries
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey or agave syrup if making vegan*
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons lime zest**
  • 1 tablespoon water
Instructions
  1. Place a medium sized sauce pan on the stove over medium heat.
  2. Add the diced rhubarb, strawberries, sugar, honey, and water. Stir until ingredients are combined and sugar has dissolved.
  3. Cook the mixture for a total of about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until fruit is completely broken down (it is OK if there is still a chunk or two left). Remove from the heat and let cool for about 10 - 15 minutes.
  4. Once the mixture is cooled, add the lime zest and stir until it is incorporated.
  5. Pour mixture into popsicle molds and place a popsicle stick about an inch deep in the mold. Or use your own popsicle sticks if you have some that came with the mold.
  6. Place popsicle mold into the freezer and freeze for 6 - 8 hours, or overnight.
  7. When ready to eat, it may be necessary to run popsicle molds under hot water for a few seconds to loosen the popsicles.
  8. This recipe makes about 6 popsicles, depending on the size of your molds.
Notes
I don't like things too sweet, so you are more than welcome to add extra sugar if you would like.
*If making vegan, you can substitute the honey for agave syrup or just add a little more sugar.
**Use between 1 and 2 teaspoons of lime zest, depending on how lime-y you want them to taste.

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Comments

  1. says

    Hello!

    Happy 2nd Anniversary. How special.

    Rhubarb is really big where I live, you can find it at a lot of roadside stands. It’s super easy to grow too! But most people here make strawberry rhubarb pies, like that is all they do with it, or they just stew the rhubarb alone.

    I love your popsicles! What a wonderful idea, to make these instead of a pie. I’m so picky about what my kids eat (no fake phony foods at my house too much) and I don’t mind them eating these at all. So cool! Pinned!!!

    Can’t wait to tell my whole family about these =)

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Laura! Thanks so much! Strawberry Rhubarb pies are pretty much the only thing that I’m familiar with when it comes to rhubarb. I really wanted to cook with it, but wanted to make something a little bit different, and like I said in the post, it is getting really hot here so popsicles seemed perfect. I’m so glad you like them and I hope your family enjoys them too :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Thanks so much, Pam! They are refreshing and perfect for the warmer weather that is coming soon :)

  2. says

    This sound delicious! I love rhubarb, and am so excited because they just started carrying it at our farmers market. I must make these popsicles! And those heart shaped ice cubes are seriously too cute!

    And happy anniversary! Loved seeing your wedding picture!

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Natalie! Thank you!! After making these I realized that I need to be cooking with rhubarb much more! I was kinda scared that adding the heart shaped ice cubs would make it look like a Valentine’s Day shoot, but I decided they fit perfectly with our wedding anniversary :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Chris! Thanks so much for stopping by! And thank you for the nice compliment :) They really do taste so good!

  3. says

    That sounds like such a beautiful flavour combination. I used to pick rhubarb out of our garden often when I was a child (I used to dip raw sticks of it in sugar), but I had no idea the leaves were poisonous.
    Beautiful wedding dress, by the way! :-)

    • She Likes Food says

      Thanks for stopping by, Helen! I love the idea of growing rhubarb in the garden and being able to pick it! I don’t think I’ve ever eaten it raw before, I noticed that it had kind of a sour-y smell to it so I stayed away, but I imagine if you dipped it in sugar it would probably taste good! I haven’t read too much about the poison in the rhubarb, but I do remember it saying that the leave were the only part that contained it. Once I figured out that the rest of it was fine, I stopped reading and starting making popsicles :)

  4. says

    I love rhubarb and strawberries and popsicles too, so I’m sure this is gonna be awesome. It never really gets above 80 here, but I think that’s hot enough to make these. Nice post!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thanks, Joel! I can’t believe it never gets above 80 where you are!! It is supposed to be 95 here this weekend and it will only go up from there :( Maybe Eric and I need to plan a trip up your way this summer to escape the heat :) Or just eat a few dozen popsicles!

  5. says

    Strawberry/rhubarb is my favourite combo! I need to buy a popsicle mould and recreate these (when I stop having to wear a warm coat where I live. Spring is slooooow to start here!) I love the tartness of rhubarb. It’s just so perfect with strawberries which I always find overpower dishes with their sweetness. Yummy!

    What a beautiful way to celebrate your anniversary. You guys look so gorgeous/handsome and in love. Happy days! And btw, your heart ice cubes are adorable and I love the cat on your wedding cake topper -it’s perfection!

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Allison! I just packed all my warm coats away and I feel like it is going to be a very long time until I can wear them again :) I think that spring is already gone and summer has arrived… I love the tartness of rhubarb too, I need to start using it more! Thanks so much! I still can’t believe it has been two years, feels like 20, haha, kidding! We got married in Vegas, and Cheeto couldn’t be with us, so we had to add him in somehow!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thanks, Emma!! I’m actually pretty jealous of your non-popsicle weather right now. It was in the upper 90s here yesterday and I was sweating just sitting on the coach. I think I’ll be living off popsicles all summer!

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