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Thai Iced Tea Pops

Thai Iced Tea Pops Recipe

Thai Iced Tea PopsPhotos 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.

This post was originally published on July 10, 2014.

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Thai Iced Tea Pops

Thai Iced Tea Pops Recipe

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

  • Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 pops

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.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 pop

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48 Comments

  • Reply
    Anele @ Success Along the Weigh
    July 10, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Genius!! I’ll definitely be making these and I won’t have to worry about the Mr snatching them since he’s not a tea person. More for me!

    • Reply
      Alissa
      July 10, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      Haha, great! Sounds like you’re in for a productive week as well 😉 Enjoy!!

  • Reply
    Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
    July 10, 2014 at 9:08 am

    I love Thai iced tea, so I’m going to need these ASAP!

    • Reply
      Alissa
      July 10, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      If you like Thai iced tea you will LOVE these!

  • Reply
    Ciara (@My Fussy Eater)
    July 10, 2014 at 9:13 am

    This sounds incredible. I’ve never had Thai Iced Tea but definitely want to make these popsicles!

    • Reply
      Alissa
      July 10, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      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!

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    Olivia - Primavera Kitchen
    July 10, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Cool recipe. Look very refreshing and tasty 😉

    • Reply
      Alissa
      July 10, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      Thanks Olivia! They really were refreshing and tasty!

  • Reply
    Emily
    July 10, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    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!

    • Reply
      Alissa
      July 10, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      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.

      • Reply
        Rachael | Spache the Spatula
        July 10, 2014 at 2:12 pm

        I’m curious if you’ve ever used the ZOKU pop makers because I’m debating whether or not to buy another of those (after none broke!), or try something new.

        These look super dee duper tasty, by the way!

        • Reply
          Alissa
          July 10, 2014 at 8:50 pm

          I haven’t tried Zoku, but I can say that I’ve never broken a pop with the Tovolo molds 🙂

  • Reply
    Katie @ Produce on Parade
    July 10, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Oh my goodness! I had no idea it wasn’t actually orange!! I too thought it was some exotic tea, how funny! What a great dessert!

    • Reply
      Alissa
      July 10, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      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 🙂

  • Reply
    Heather @ My Overflowing Cup
    July 10, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    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.

    • Reply
      Alissa
      July 11, 2014 at 11:19 am

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

  • Reply
    mjskit
    July 10, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    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!

    • Reply
      Alissa
      July 11, 2014 at 11:20 am

      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 🙂

  • Reply
    Carrie
    July 11, 2014 at 2:31 am

    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!

    • Reply
      Alissa
      July 11, 2014 at 11:23 am

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

  • Reply
    Alice // Hip Foodie Mom
    July 11, 2014 at 8:13 am

    I love these pops! Any tips on how to get the pops out of the mold perfectly? I still haven’t mastered that! 🙂

    • Reply
      Alissa
      July 11, 2014 at 11:28 am

      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.

  • Reply
    dina
    July 11, 2014 at 8:58 am

    great healthy version of thai tea pops!

    • Reply
      Alissa
      July 11, 2014 at 11:29 am

      Absolutely! Thanks Dina!

  • Reply
    Grace @ FoodFitnessFreshAir
    July 11, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Now I’m dreaming of Thai iced coffee pops…rather than the iced coffee I’m about to get. Love this idea!!

    • Reply
      Alissa
      July 11, 2014 at 11:31 am

      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…

  • Reply
    Rebecca Jacobs fitandfabveganlife.com
    July 11, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Looks awesome! Love the coconut milk addition and that there’s not too much sugar! Trying this weekend

    • Reply
      Alissa
      July 13, 2014 at 10:33 am

      Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy them!

  • Reply
    Lori @ RecipeGirl
    July 11, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Craving these now!

    • Reply
      Alissa
      July 13, 2014 at 10:34 am

      Thanks Lori!

  • Reply
    Joanne
    July 14, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    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.

    • Reply
      Alissa
      July 15, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      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!

  • Reply
    dana
    July 16, 2014 at 12:21 am

    These are perfection! Can’t wait to try 😀

    • Reply
      Alissa
      July 17, 2014 at 8:30 am

      Thanks Dana! I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

  • Reply
    Kate @¡Hola! Jalapeño
    July 24, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Who knew they could be so simple-and vegan! Yeah, baby!

    • Reply
      Alissa
      July 24, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      I was surprised myself at how something so simple turned out so tasty!

  • Reply
    Shaun Bhatia
    April 29, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Wow! These sound absolutely delicious…

    • Reply
      Alissa
      May 1, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      I thought they were pretty delicious. 🙂 Thanks Shaun!

  • Reply
    Heather @HeatherChristo
    July 19, 2016 at 1:08 am

    Perfect for a warm afternoon! Delish!

    • Reply
      Alissa
      July 19, 2016 at 9:55 pm

      Absolutely! It’s been 90+ degrees where I live – time to make another batch. 🙂

  • Reply
    Julia @ Sprinkles & Saturdays
    July 19, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Oh my gosh these look so good! Thai ice tea is one of my absolute favorite things and I couldn’t agree more that it tastes more like dessert. Definitely want to try these pops!
    http://www.sprinklesandsaturdays.com

    • Reply
      Alissa
      July 21, 2016 at 7:55 pm

      Thank you! I hope you get a chance to try them, and enjoy. 🙂

  • Reply
    heidi
    July 19, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    I love Thai iced tea, and think this would be a great way to enjoy it since we’re going to have 100º+ temps this week. My husband is diabetic. Are there any sugar substitutes you would recommend to use instead of regular sugar so I can keep down the carbs?

    • Reply
      Alissa
      July 19, 2016 at 9:59 pm

      You could really go with whatever sweetener works with your husband’s diet. I like liquid stevia, so if that’s suitable for him you could give it a try. I’d just add a few drops at a time until you get the flavor somewhere on par with a glass of sweet iced tea. Enjoy!

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    Divya
    July 20, 2016 at 6:23 am

    Omg this is genius!

    http://www.eatwearwander.com

    • Reply
      Alissa
      July 21, 2016 at 8:02 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Reply
    Amy Hunt
    July 21, 2016 at 8:04 am

    Holy cow these are amazing! I made mine with Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice Tea instead black, and it is to die for.

    • Reply
      Alissa
      July 21, 2016 at 8:03 pm

      That sounds like a delicious twist! I’ll have to give it a try next time. Glad you enjoyed them! 🙂

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