Hibiscus Grape Pops

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Well, it still feels like an inferno here and I still can’t breathe when I go outside, but you know what, I have three things that’s going to make you forget allllll about that sticky heat.

1. Check out my guest post on spices. It’s featured on Blacker Berry Food.

2. I won four round-trip tickets to Europe! Yes, people, those contests are real and I couldn’t be more excited! Rome 2013 here I come…and that also means I hope to meet my European food blogging friends while I’m across the ocean. More deets to come!

3. Pops. Pops will make you forget the heat. That’s what pops are for. Really, I can’t believe how many pops I’ve been making lately, but I can’t help it, it’s really fun! And they taste sooooooo gooooooooood! 😀 The latest creation? Hibiscus White Grape Pops. So hibiscus isn’t technically an herb or spice, it’s a flower petal, but I thought it was close enough to count for spices month! It’s floral and mild and used in the drink “Jamaica” and unbeknownst to me, also pairs quite nicely with white grape. A little bit goes a long way as far as color is concerned. And if you have the time to do the layering, you’ll get all sorts of oooo’s and aaaaahhhhh’s when you hand these out. I hope you try them and I hope you all have happy weekends! 😀

Hibiscus Grape Pops

(Printable Recipe)

Ingredients:

2 ¾ cups white grape juice, divided

2 heaping teaspoons dried hibiscus petals

Method:

*Pour 1 cup of white grape juice in the popsicle molds. Freeze for 1 hour. In the meantime, add dried hibiscus petals to 1 cup of white grape juice. Stir, watch the mixture turn bright pink. Let stand. Strain petals from grape juice.

*Once first layer is frozen, add pink hibiscus-grape layer to molds, along with popsicle sticks. Freeze until completely frozen. Once frozen completely, add remaining ¾ cups white grape juice to molds. Freeze until completely frozen. Garnish with hibiscus petals!

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!

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  1. These look so refreshing! I love the combination of the hibiscus and grape. Yum!

  2. Congrats on your trip! I can’t believe you won something so awesome!!!! Also, these look unbelievable and they’re so creative and fancy! I want to make them and be like, “Oh yeah, you know, just hibiscus pops. Flowers in your popsicle. No biggie. It’s how I roll.”

  3. Say What!!!! You won a trip for 4… holy cow!!! That is amazing!! You are going to have a fantastic time!! These pops looks fantastic too…. I love how you mix the flavors up…. it’s so beautiful like that!! Stay cool my friend!! Have a great weekend! ~ Ramona

  4. OMG you are so lucky 😀 😀
    I KNOW you are going to have a fabulous time!!!
    I’m also loving your pops the flavours are so unique and delicious!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  5. HOLY CATS!!! A trip to Rome, my hubby’s dream trip! I look forward to hearing more about that fun adventure:-) I remember when my friend Nelly made hibiscus, and I was completely intrigued:-) Your pops sounds delicious, and perfect to beat the heat! Hugs, Terra

  6. These look awesome. So refreshing during this heat!

  7. These are so so pretty!! Love the flavors too!

  8. Great for my family! Thanks!

  9. Oh wow! Congrats on winning those tickets to Europe! And congrats for getting Top 9 on Foodbuzz to0! You’re on a roll here!
    The hibiscus flower is our national flower and I’ve never known it to be edible. Duh.
    Anyway, these pops look absolutely beautiful!

  10. WHAT WAH!? Round trip tickets!? To Europe!? That is freaking amazing! Rome is an AWESOME choice. Well done!

    Love these pops :) I go a little gonzo for white grape juice…these are perfect for Cayman!

  11. These are gorgeous! We just got some hibiscus petals the other day and can’t wait to try this out!

  12. such a great idea to use the hibiscus with the grape juice! and yayyy on winning the tickets, hope you have a FABULOUS time!

  13. Hi:) This is my first time visiting. These look and sound AMAZING, but I have a really silly question… When do I insert the popsicle sticks? Since the 2nd layer has to be frozen solid first, I suppose the sticks should be inserted when the last layer is slushy, but is that layer too short to ‘hold’ the pops properly? Thanks:D

    • Not silly! You insert the popsicle sticks when you add the second layer to the mold. So, add the first layer, freeze. Add the second layer and the sticks. Freeze. Add the third layer. Freeze. Enjoy! 😀

      • Haha, THANKS! I’m going to buy proper popsicle molds *just* for this >:D

  14. I love how you’ve flavored this with the hibiscus petals…and congratulations on winning those tickets! That’s amazing!

  15. Hey Tiffany! So awesome you won plane tickets to Europe! So jealous ;)! These pops sound deliciosu! The hibiscus makes them such a pretty color!

  16. I am confused, You are a vegetarian or vegan. Anyway, what ever you are , the recipes I see on your blog are amazing.
    Congrats for winning those tickets, though I don’t know where you participated.

  17. Wow! Congratulations. I hope you keep us updated with more recipes and your travel pictures too when you visit Europe. This is such a treat! I love the ombre effect on the layers. Something to beat the heat with. This is definitely it. Gonna make some right now! thanks!
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  18. What an awesome time!
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  19. Thanks for the comments everyone! 😀

  20. Holy moley! Hibiscus and grapes?! What a fantastic combination! Love the two tone pops!! :)

  21. Wow Tiffany! These look SO good!!

  22. Looking to Europe through your eyes. The temps have dropped big time here but I could still go for one or two of these.