Thai Iced Tea Popsicles

The weather is finally getting warmer, so before we went to bed last night we threw open all our bedroom windows.  I guess it must be high spring because the birds were singing and chirping all night long…it’s kind of lovely, but we didn’t get much sleep, so this will be a quick post.  I made these yesterday and they’re too refreshing not to share.  If you haven’t had it, Thai iced tea is a strongly brewed, spiced tea with a distinctive deep orange color.  It’s sweetened with condensed milk, then topped off with evaporated milk, or sometimes coconut milk, and served over ice in a tall frosty glass.  I can’t walk into a Thai restaurant without getting an instant craving for one.

These pops start off with an infusion of  black tea, vanilla bean, star anise, and mint.  To make it even more spicy you could add a few cardamom pods, a cinnamon stick, and whole cloves.  I let it steep while it cools to room temperature to encourage some deep flavors to develop.   Freezing, in general, tends to dull flavor, and I want these pops to pop!

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Thai Iced Tea usually includes evaporated milk in addition to the condensed milk.  I used coconut milk because I like the flavor.  There’s no need for simple syrup because the condensed milk is sweet.  You could also add a little fresh lime juice if you want to.

Thai Iced Tea Popsicles

Thai Iced Tea Popsicles

Ingredients

  • 2 bags black tea, chai tea, or something specifically labeled for Thai iced tea
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 leftover vanilla bean
  • several sprigs of fresh mint
  • approximately 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • approximately 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
  • squeeze of fresh lime (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add 1 1/2 cups boiling water to the tea. Let it steep with the star anise, vanilla bean, and mint leaves. Crush the mint a bit with the back of a spoon to release its oils.
  2. Set aside and let the tea sit until cooled. Strain out the spices and mint from the cooled tea.
  3. Add the condensed milk, the coconut milk, and the lime juice, if using. Whisk to combine.
  4. Taste your finished mixture, and if it's as you like it, fill the popsicle molds, leaving room at the very top for expansion.
  5. Freeze until firm.
https://theviewfromgreatisland.com/thai-iced-tea-popsicles/

This is just another example of how pretty much anything in  liquid form can be made into a popsicle.  Wrap the frozen pops in waxed paper, or put them in individual zip lock baggies to protect them in the freezer.

Anybody else kept awake by birds??  Ah, Spring!

Get more popsicle inspiration on my Pinterest Popsicle board, here.

19 Comments

  • Reply
    Siobhan Craig
    August 10, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Is theres anything i can substitute the coconut milk with? We have coconut allergies.

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 11, 2015 at 5:46 am

      The coconut milk gives these popsicles their flavor and texture, Siobhan. You could try almond milk, but they would be icier.

      • Reply
        Siobhan Craig
        August 12, 2015 at 8:29 am

        Okay thank you

  • Reply
    Val
    June 24, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Can you let me know which mold you have and where you ordered it? I want mine to have a similar look and want to make sure I don’t waste money on any that won’t work. You can email me direct ic you want. All of yours look and sound amazing. I have 4 little ones so I know it will be so fun to do with the right mold.

  • Reply
    Lexi @ Lexi's Clean Kitchen
    April 24, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    This is so amazing!!!

  • Reply
    Andi @ The Weary Chef
    April 8, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    This is pure genius. GENIUS! I love Thai iced tea but am not clever enough to think of turning it into a popsicle. Love this!

  • Reply
    shannon weber
    May 14, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    I feel as though i should tell you that after your last popsicle post, i promptly clicked on the link, added to cart, and purchased the moulds you suggested. WE NOW HAVE THE EXACT SAME POPSICLE MOULDS. i am thrilled about this, as i am about this particular recipe. And for all of your future popsicle posts, because we are going to do some serious popsicling together this summer, i feel.

  • Reply
    Anonymous
    May 5, 2013 at 6:25 am

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  • Reply
    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    April 28, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    sweetened condensed milk + the coconut milk…I am in heaven right there:)

    Add some tea and the vanilla, oh yes! And popsicles, so creative! I’d have a hard time waiting for it to freeze before devouring!

  • Reply
    The Café Sucré Farine
    April 28, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    I don’t have to look at your Pinterest board Sue, because YOU are an inspiration to me, these sound and look amazing!

  • Reply
    Sheila @ tasteduds
    April 29, 2013 at 4:29 am

    I bought a box of Thai-tea flavored popsicle at the Asian market once and it was disappointingly watery in taste. I’ll have to try your recipe to make up for it. Yours sounds a lot more flavorful!

  • Reply
    tiffany rose
    April 29, 2013 at 4:05 am

    A few years ago, a mockingbird would land in our tree out front each night around 10:30 and sing/trill/screech all night long nonstop, keeping us awake though our bedroom is at the back of the house. This went on for weeks and I kept thinking of Harper Lee’s book. One night I couldn’t stand it any longer and threw a rock into the tree to scare it away. Thank goodness it never returned.

    I love Thai Iced Tea, what a super cool idea.

  • Reply
    Inside a British Mum's Kitchen
    April 29, 2013 at 1:01 am

    What a lovely grown up popsicle – they look so perfect!
    Mary x

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    anerdcooks.com
    April 28, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Now I need to get a popsicle mold! These look delicious.

  • Reply
    Nazima FranglaisKitchen
    April 28, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    What a beautiful idea Sue. I love this and the pictures are gorgeous. The herbs in the tea are some of my favourites. A perfect recipe for warmer weather!

  • Reply
    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    April 28, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Looooove it! I’ve never had Thai Iced Tea before, but it sounds like something I’d adore. And you just know I need these popsicles in my life!

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