On a whim, I grabbed a sucker from the little bin at the Trader Joe’s checkout line last week. Maybe the cashier thought I had a little one waiting at home (or it’s for the pug??), but really I had no shame as I politely asked permission, as a childless grownup, to take one.
That cherry sucker, or lollipop, for those of you confused by my vocabulary, was the best thing I’d tasted all week. I’m not sure HOW, save for artificial flavoring, they pack so much cherry flavor into a tiny piece of candy, but it left me with a craving for more, sans high fructose corn syrup.
Coincidentally, that day happened to be one of many in a stretch of 90-something and humid ones, so, at the next grocery store, I planned to snag a box of whole fruit cherry popsicles. Except there weren’t any. Just weird, unappealing flavors like lime and mango. I was disappointed, but not deterred. It took no time at all for me to get home and unpack the groceries, hop on my laptop, and start searching for cherry popsicle recipes. As a bonus, I’d get to use my newly acquired popsicle mold! A few pages down the Google results, something interesting caught my eye: the reputable Carla Hall’s recipe for frozen cherry pops, with a sugar syrup base infused with all kinds of stomach soothing ingredients. Kind of like an herbal tea blasted, yes, blasted, full of cherry flavor.