Sweet Tea Ice Pops | Make Ahead Mondays

I have a confession to make but I’m going to do it quickly and quietly because I’m going to offend the entire South in one fell swoop. (Idon’tlikesweettea.)

There. I said it.

I just don’t. I love tea -don’t misunderstand me- but I like my tea black and bitter… like my attitude in hot weather. I recognize that there’s an entire industry built around sweet tea and that the love for it has crept north steadily. I just don’t have much of a sweet tooth. I was analyzing my feelings about sweet tea the other day* trying to figure out why I don’t like it when everyone else seems to love it. Conclusion: it feels desserty to me and I don’t like to drink my dessert unless it involves a blender, sinful quantities of ice cream, and a drizzle or seven of chocolate syrup.

*Everyone else analyzes their feelings about food, right? I’m totally normal, right? RIGHT?!?

But in the same self-analysis, I had a thought. What if I turned the sweet tea into dessert? Well, that would make sense! I just happened to have root beer syrup on hand, so I opted for root beer sweet tea  but any simple syrup (syrup made by boiling equal amounts of sugar and water together until sugar is dissolved) would work in its place. I mixed the root beer syrup with the freshly made iced tea and poured it into ice pop moulds and popped those into the freezer.

I used decaffeinated iced tea because I can’t handle caffeine past a certain hour and a caffeinated dessert would be a sure-fire way to keep me up into the wee hours of the morning cursing myself. I’m a caffeine weakling. If you’re tougher than me, feel free to make yours more high octane by substituting regular black tea for the decaf variety I used.

Sweet Tea Ice Pops | Make Ahead Mondays
Sweet Tea takes a chill in the form of ice pops. Kick back on the front porch with your feet up and a Sweet Tea Ice Pop in your hands. Summer just got a little sweeter and a lot cooler.
For Sweet Tea Ice Pops:
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 4 standard-sized black tea bags (Lipton, Red Rose, Luzianne, etc...) either regular or decaf or a blend
  • Simple Syrup to taste (see ingredients and recipe below)
For Simple Syrup:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
To Make Simple Syrup:
  1. Stir the sugar and water together in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over high heat until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture comes to a boil. Pour into a clean canning jar or pitcher, cover tightly and refrigerate for up to one month, using as needed.
To Make Sweet Tea Ice Pops:
  1. Pour the boiling water over the 4 teabags in a heat-proof container such as a canning jar. Let steep between 3-5 minutes. Keep in mind that when frozen, the tea will taste less strong, so you may want to let it brew longer than you normally might. Remove the tea bags and sweeten to taste, again remembering it will taste less sweet when frozen.
  2. Pour the sweet tea into ice pop (popsicle) moulds or small, disposable paper cups, insert sticks or handles and put into the freezer. It will take about 8 hours for the ice pops to freeze solid, depending on the size of your moulds. These are best eaten within 1 month of being made.



  1. says

    I’m with ya on the sweet tea thing. Granted I do live in the north… It’s just too sweet for me! But the idea of Sweet Tea Ice Pops sounds intriguing. Pinning so I remember to give them a try.

  2. Rachel says

    This inspired a new Popsicle for me. In the winter I make decaf Irish breakfast tea with a teaspoon of sugar and a splash of milk. I call it “I wish it was coffee tea” I made a really strong tea sweetened with succant (it has a toffee flavor) and then added an almost equal part of milk. It frozen in layers sort of. The outside layer is rather icy and slightly weak. The center is very sweet and milky. Very nice.

  3. says

    I buy your argument. I don’t like sweet iced tea either, yet I love coffee ice cream and green tea ice cream. I bought some powdered matcha at the Asian grocery today, now you’ve gotten the idea of green tea popsicles into my brain.

  4. says

    I commenting for hose of us in the South. I LOVE sweet tea. Went up North once and about went crazy trying to find some. But I have had sweet tea that tastes like syrup and that is just too sweet for me. Anyway, I love the idea of sweet tea pops. Especially here in the south where it is so very hot, not to mention so humid you can cut it with a knife!!! Perfect for us Southerners as an evening, sitting in the porch swing dessert.


  1. […] Sweet tea is a staple in the South and the sweeter the better. But, believe it or not, some people, like the creator of this popsicle recipe, find it too sweet to drink. Instead, she turned sweet tea into a dessert to savor on those hot summer days. And that’s brilliant. Recipe and photo via Food With Family. […]

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