Memorial Day is almost here! To prepare for the unofficial start of summer, I made patriotic cheesecake popsicles using all-natural food dye aka fresh berries. Raspberry cheesecake, classic cheesecake and blueberry cheesecake come together to make red, white and blue cheesecake popsicles!
Memorial Day weekend is one of my favorite holidays. Every year my friends and I head up to Nantucket, one of New England’s most magical islands. I spent a summer after graduating college working at a bakery there so being able to go back and enjoy the island with friends is something I look forward to every year.
But enough about me, let’s talk about these popsicles. I wanted to make a red, white and blue dessert for Memorial Day obviously and popsicles were calling my name. At first I thought, fruit popsicles would be fun, but it was kind of been there, done that. Now how about cheesecake fruit popsicles?
I was sold. Cheesecake has been creeping up to the top of my favorite dessert list recently so to put it in the form of a popsicle sounded like a brilliant idea. For this recipe I tried out a new popsicle mold from Norpro and love it! I totally recommend it.
Of course the trick is how to make the beautiful colors of the American flag in the form of cheesecake popsicles. Combining some of the cheesecake mixture with a raspberry mash for the red and some with a blueberry mash for the blue worked perfectly. I personally like keeping some of the raspberry seeds and blueberry skins in the mix for texture and extra fiber (doesn’t hurt right?), but straining the mashed berries through a mesh strainer and using the fruit juices will work just as well.
When the cheesecake popsicles were finished, I loved every bit of them. The colors brightened up in the freezer (I was scared they were going to stay all pastel colored) and the flavors really made themselves apparent. The red raspberry has a slight tartness too it, which is balanced with the rich flavor of the cheesecake… the middle is just the classic, creamy cheesecake mixture, what’s not to love about that… and the blueberry end is sweet and full of flavor.
I’m happy the blueberry cheesecake was at the bottom of the popsicle—it was my favorite part and saved the best for last!
These popsicles were such a success I’m going to have to make some more this summer (any flavor suggestions?) In the meantime, enjoy these patriotic cheesecake popsicles and have a lovely Memorial Day weekend!