Thai Iced Tea Pops

Thai Iced Tea Pops Photos by Lindsey Johnson

If you’ve ever ordered Thai iced tea while dining out, a few things probably occurred to you. First off, you probably noticed that it tastes more like a dessert than a simple dinner-accompanying beverage. Secondly, you were probably floored at the drink’s deliciousness and wished you could make it at home, all the while figuring you couldn’t make it at home because it’s full of exotic Thai secrets that you could never access. Thirdly, and this goes along with my point under “secondly,” you probably noticed that it was orange, attributing that fact to all those exotic Thai secrets.

Today I’m here to unlock the mystery of Thai tea for you. That, and to give you a recipe for a killer summertime sweet.

Thai Iced Tea Pops Ingredients
So, what exactly is it that gives Thai tea its distinct flavor? Well, there’s the tea for starters. It’s strong, so that’s one thing. Notice this recipe calls for eight tea bags in six pops. I wouldn’t recommend giving these treats to your kids, unless you’re into flying kids. Then there’s the tea itself, which is black tea of the Ceylon variety. Using Ceylon does seem to add a slight distinctness to the flavor (I tested this), but regular black tea works as well. There’s also loads of sugar (higher flying kids?), and in conventional Thai tea, condensed milk. That’s it!

“Then why is it orange?” you ask. As it turns out, most restaurants add orange food coloring to their Thai tea. I was a little disappointed to find out that it wasn’t exotic Thai magic. So these Thai Iced Tea Pops are not orange. They also contain coconut milk in place of condensed dairy milk, so they’re vegan! The coconut milk content is also a bit higher than it might be in Thai tea you drink, because they’re dessert. They are also incredibly delicious, which is why I’ve been eating them like crazy and have been flying Alissa for the last week or so. Thank you Thailand. It’s been a VERY productive week.

Thai Iced Tea Pops

Prep Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 6 pops

Serving Size: 1 pop

Thai Iced Tea Pops

Sweet and creamy Thai iced tea, in popsicle form - and vegan, to boot! We can't think of a better way to cool down.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 8 black tea bags (preferably Ceylon) or 1/3 cup loose tea leaves
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 (13.5-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk

Instructions

  1. Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan.
  2. Remove from heat and add the tea bags and sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then let the tea bags steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags from the saucepan, or strain the mixture if you used loose tea.
  3. Stir in the coconut milk. You can heat it back up, if necessary, to dissolve any stubborn chunks.
  4. Transfer the mixture to the refrigerator and chill until it's at room temperature or a little below. About an hour should do it.
  5. Remove the saucepan from the refrigerator and give the mixture a stir. The coconut milk and tea may have separated a bit during refrigeration (or a lot, if you left it in there for a while), so just stir it enough to bring the mixture back to uniformity.
  6. Carefully pour the tea mixture into your popsicle molds and freeze until solid. Remove from molds and serve.

Notes

The refrigeration step helps prevent separation during freezing. Coconut milk typically separates into cream and water during chilling. By refrigerating and then stirring the mixture before freezing, you're essentially shortening the freeze time of the mixture, and in turn its opportunity to separate before freezing solid.

Also, the number of servings here assumes you're using a 1/2 cup mold. This will obviously vary if your molds are bigger or smaller.

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Alissa

About Alissa

Alissa Saenz crafts vegan recipes for her blog Connoisseurus Veg. When she’s not cooking and blogging about it, she’s probably engaging in some form of yoga, arts & crafts, or lawyering.   Read more from Alissa →

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Comments

    • AlissaAlissa says

      Thank you! Thai iced tea is great – it’s amazing how a few little modifications over regular tea give it a distinctive flavor. I hope you enjoy these!

  1. says

    These look delicious! I’d love to know which type of popsicle mold you’re using. I’m struggling to find one that works well!

    • AlissaAlissa says

      Thank you! I used the Tovolo Groovy Ice Pops Mold. It works well for me. The trick is to be patient when removing the pops from the molds – it sometimes takes a minute or so of running under hot water, but the pops always come out just fine.

    • AlissaAlissa says

      Me neither! I was actually a little bummed to discover that it was just food coloring. The fact that the tea and resulting pops are just as tasty without it make up for that though :)

  2. says

    These look so good! I have been craving ice cream lately due to the heat, but this is a healthier and more frugal choice. Thanks so much for the recipe. I love all things coconut. Coconut milk is my favorite for ice cream and smoothies. Pinning this now! Thanks, again.

    • AlissaAlissa says

      Thanks Heather! The coconut milk makes these really creamy, so they should satisfy your ice cream cravings. Enjoy!!

  3. says

    Oh I am SO going to make these! I make a Thai tea smoothie and Thai tea pudding that we love. So having another delicious Thai tea treat has me very excited. YAY!

    • AlissaAlissa says

      Ohhhh…Thai tea pudding and smoothies sound awesome! I’ll have to give those a try too. I hope these pops make a nice addition to your collection of Thai tea treat recipes :)

  4. Carrie says

    I can’t wait to try these!!!! I LOVE Thai iced tea but it’s a rare indulgence as it’s not exactly healthy. These sound amazing. :). Thank you! I am having so much fun exploring your recipes! Your website is a gem!

    • AlissaAlissa says

      Awww, thanks so much Carrie! Thai tea definitely is an indulgence. Definitely makes more sense to me as a dessert than a drink :)

    • AlissaAlissa says

      Thanks Alice! I wish I had some tips, but I’ve never had a problem getting pops out of the molds! I just run the mold under hot water until it loosens. Sometimes it takes a minute or two, but they always come out for me.

    • AlissaAlissa says

      Thank you!! I was actually thinking these might be a good substitute for my usual coffee on hot summer mornings. A little sweet, but maybe just once in a while…

  5. says

    I have definitely always wondered a little bit about that orange color. Mind you, that has never stopped me from ordering a Thai iced tea every chance I get! Licking into one of these shall be the pinnacle of my summer! Especially since the boyfriend DESPISES tea. So more for me.

    • AlissaAlissa says

      Yeah, I have to admit, I don’t think my newfound knowledge of the orange coloring will stop me from ordering in the future…Thai iced tea is just too good. Glad I can now supplement at home with color-free pops :) I hope you enjoy these!

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