Homemade Blackberry Popsicle Recipe

Close-up of a blackberry popsicle lying on a wooden board.

Nothing beats a popsicle (paleta) on a hot day! This blackberry paleta recipe is naturally sweet, vegan, and packed with Vitamins C and K. Great for all ages (frozen cocktail instructions included too!).  

Blackberry Paleta Recipe

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups ripe blackberries
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, more to taste
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 liter cold water
  • Ice pop molds (moldes de paletas)
  • Pack of popsicle sticks (palitos de paleta)

Instructions:

Wash your blackberries and place in a plastic bag or deep dish. Cover with three cups of water and allow to sit overnight in the refrigerator.

Place the blackberry juice mixture and sugar in the blender and puree for 1-2 minutes. You want this to be really smooth.

Place your fine mesh strainer over a large pitcher and pour the blackberry mixture over it. Using a soup spoon or a spatula, press the blackberry pulp through the strainer. When you no longer can get any of the berry purée through, start to pour the cold water over the strainer, continuing to push more pulp through until only the seeds remain.

Discard the seeds from the strainer and pour the rest of the water into the pitcher.

 Test for sugar and water, and add more as needed.

Once it is the desired sweetness, pour the blackberry liquid into a popsicle mold, insert sticks, and freeze for about 24 hours.

About This Blackberry Popsicle Recipe

In an earlier post, I talked about my deep and abiding love for homemade blackberry juice, so you can probably guess as to my feelings about blackberry paletas! I’m a little biased, but the blackberry paleta (or paleta de mora) is definitely a favorite! 

Though they aren’t present in coastal regions, blackberries grow thickly in Costa Rica’s Central Valley. The same goes for strawberries, although raspberries are difficult if not impossible to find anywhere in the country.  

Blackberries in Costa Rica are generally sold by the kilo in plastic bags and packed in water, whereas blackberries in the United States are packed in plastic boxes that are generally devoid of moisture. This means that this recipe has been modified to create an authentic Costa Rican paleta in the United States.

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Looking for more Costa Rican frozen treats? Check out these other homemade tropical fruit paleta recipes!

Substitutions

Frozen blackberries brought back up to room temperature will work in place of fresh ones.

Additionally, Stevia or brown sugar can be swapped in for cane sugar.

Variations

If you don’t want to “marinate” the blackberries overnight, you can just blend them in water and then strain them through the fine mesh strainer. The taste is similar, although not exactly the same– it sure does save a lot of time, though!

You can add half a cup powdered milk to the recipe for a batido de mora en leche, (traditional blackberry smoothie), or freeze the resulting mixture for blackberries-and-cream paletas.  

Citrus also pairs super well with blackberries! Try adding a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice or lime juice to the mix before freezing for a little tangy zip! Blackberry-ginger paletas make for another interesting flavor combination.

… And who says this recipe is just for kids? By adding about 1/4 cup of rum and a handful of chopped mint leaves to the mix, you’ve got yourself a portable frozen blackberry mojito!

Serving Suggestions

Once they have been frozen for 24 hours, remove the popsicle molds from the freezer and run them over with hot water to release the ice pops. Relax poolside (kiddie or otherwise) and enjoy a blackberry paleta Costa Rica-style! Pura Vida! 

FAQ

  1. Are Paletas healthy? – Because they are mainly fruit-based, paletas don’t contain added sugars and are much healthier alternatives to ice cream-based frozen desserts. 
  2. Are Paletas vegan? – Yes! Although they can be made with cream, Paletas made with sugar, water, and the fruit of your choice are 100% vegan and delicious!

Printable Recipe

Yield: 12 Popsicles

Blackberry Popsicle Recipe

Close-up of a blackberry popsicle lying on a wooden board.

Nothing beats a popsicle (paleta) on a hot day! This blackberry paleta recipe is naturally sweet, vegan, and packed with Vitamins C and K. Great for all ages (frozen cocktail instructions included too!).  

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups ripe blackberries
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, more to taste
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 liter cold water

Instructions

  1. Wash your blackberries and place in a plastic bag or deep dish.
  2. Cover with three cups of water and allow to sit overnight in the refrigerator.
  3. Place the blackberry juice mixture and sugar in the blender and puree for 1-2 minutes. You want this to be really smooth.
  4. Place your fine mesh strainer over a large pitcher and pour the blackberry mixture over it.
  5. Using a soup spoon or a spatula, press the blackberry pulp through the strainer.
  6. When you no longer can get any of the pulp through, start to pour the cold water over the strainer, pushing more pulp through.
  7. When you can no longer push the berry purée through, discard the seeds from the strainer and pour the rest of the water into the pitcher.
  8. Test for sugar and water, and add more as needed.
  9. Once it is the desired sweetness, pour the blackberry liquid into a popsicle mold, insert sticks, and freeze for about 24 hours.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 43Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 0g

Please double-check this information with your favorite nutrition calculator.

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