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Vanilla Mint Lemonade Pops

[recipe]

Vanilla-Mint Lemonade Pops

Makes about 10 ice pops.

Depending on your mold, you may have more or less liquid than you need. If you have extra, just drink it over ice…it is lemonade, after all!

2/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup packed fresh mint leaves

1 vanilla bean, scraped

zest of 1 lemon

3 1/3 cups water, divided

1/2 cup lemon juice

In a food processor, blend together the sugar, mint leaves, scraped vanilla bean seeds (save the pod for another purpose), and lemon zest, pulse until mint is finely chopped. Pour the sugar into a saucepan and add 1/3 cup of the water. Heat the mixture until the sugar dissolves and the syrup comes to a boil. Remove from heat and strain through a fine mesh sieve into a large mixing bowl. Add the remaining water and the lemon juice to the syrup and stir to combine. Divide the lemonade mixture between popsicle molds and place the pops in the freezer for 1-1 1/2 hours before inserting wooden sticks. Continue to freeze for several hours, until solid. [/recipe]