Le Pops is a hidden treasure that we love to share with guests of The Empress. Located in The Heights, a neighborhood known for it’s cool, independently owned shops and restaurants, this gourmet popsicle shop uses fresh Arkansas produce to create really tasty popsicles in a variety of flavors. On a recent visit, salted caramel, cherry creme fraiche, Mayan chocolate and raspberry mango were just some of the flavors. I choose strawberry, having recently visited the Little Rock Farmers Market and knowing just how good those Arkansas berries can be. Hand dipped in chocolate, it was divine.
We love sharing recipes for great treats we find around the city, and with summer approaching, we were happy when owner Laurie Harrison shared the below special Le Pops recipe for strawberry basil popsicles. Enjoy!
STRAWBERRY BASIL POPSICLE INGREDIENTS
2 pounds strawberries (local berries are best)
12 ounces sugar
12 ounces water
36 grams basil
Combine sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil. Remove from heat. Add the basil and let steep for 20 minutes. Strain, pressing on the basil to get as much delicious syrup as possible. Cool completely. Blend with the strawberries. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze. To unmold, run cool water over the molds to loosen the popsicles.
Experiment with other herbs. Chocolate mint is particularly delicious. You may need to adjust the amount of herb. Le Pops uses locally grown produce and herbs for their iced lollies.