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What's the preferred way to make root beer popsicles--freeze root beer or use a recipe with root beer extract? If it's the latter, what's a good brand of root beer extract?

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  1. I think either would work but I think you might want the co2 to have time to evaporate
    if you were using fresh bottled. I would try the following product... please let me know
    how it works out.
    Paul
    http://shop.zatarains.com/zatarains%A...

    1. Please post your results. I have a very striking memory of enjoying a root beer float popsicle as a 5 year old and haven't been able to find them ever again. It had a core of vanilla ice cream and root beer around it. Delicious!

      1. OMG! When I was a kid we'd gett rootbeer popsicles and vanilla. They were so fantastic. I haven't seen them since I was young.

        1. I make Root Beer popsicles from an extract called "Homebrew". I got it from a beer making supply store. I just got a different brand (Stoltzfus) that I haven't used yet but bought it because I couldn't find "Homebrew" in my new neighbrohood. I got it online, Amazon.

          1. As a kid, I would just put rootbeer into a cup and freeze!
            I haven't made these in a long time, but now you've inspired me!

            1. Root beer pops are so hard to find these days. We still make them using the original Tupperware pop forms. So far my kids enjoy a mix Stewart's rootbeer with 1/2 the amount of natural ginger beer from Whole Foods. This combo gives you the deep root beer color and snap plus a bit of ginger fiber. Very refreshing. Another poster mentioned vanilla ice cream & root beer pops..we have tried re-creating it as a ice cream float with decent results. But I too miss the commercial brands from childhood.

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              1. re: HillJ

                I just discovered a package of Fla-Vor-Ice with a mix of soda flavors--A&W Root Beer, 7-Up, Orange Crush, and Dr. Pepper. They really taste like the soda. I found them at a Hannafords market in the freezer section and at Linens-N-Things. I was there to buy plastic popsicle molds so I can make my own pops using root beer.

                1. re: Velda Mae

                  Thanks Velda Mae! I don't live to far from a Linens-N-Things, I'll have to keep an eye out. Pops are a staple in our beach cooler!

              2. Hi Root Beer Popsicle Fans

                I finally found the way to make these and they are perfect- just like the ones you buy. I was so excited and I'm still wondering why I didn't think about this before. You need a bottle of root beer and a popsicle mold.

                If you pour the root beer into the mold, you will end up with a solid popsicle of ice that tastes like root beer. BUT, and it's a big but, that is not a popsicle. Popsicles can be bitten and these can only be licked. The joy is in the biting for me. Here's what you do...

                Pour the root beer into a bowl and put it into the freezer. Check it in 10-30 minutes. It will be starting to freeze on top, but not underneath. And that's good. With a fork, break up the semi-frozen top and mix it into the mixture. Put it back into the freezer for a while and do it again. What you are doing is aerating it. When it become like slush, put it into the mold and let it freeze. You might have to spoon it into the mold. That's it. It's perfect, just like the popsicles you buy, only ALL ROOT BEER, no banana or lime flavored ones (which I personally don't care for.) Now go on-- binge!

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                1. re: Bill Goldman

                  Thanks for the technique! I can't wait to try it.

                  1. re: jeanmarieok

                    Let me know how it goes!

                    1. re: Bill Goldman

                      OK - I made these - in the old dixie cup/popsicle stick fashion - they were perfect. I would have made more, but I ate quite a bit during the scraping part of the process, so I only got about 6 actual popsicles....And they were only made of good rootbeer, nothing added.

                  2. re: Bill Goldman

                    To make popsicles that you can bite through, use flavored or unflavored gelatin. I can't remember exact amounts but I think a packet of Knox unflavored would do for at least 2 and probably 4 cups of liquid. Following the package, let the powder soften in room temp liquid first, then add boiling and stir to dissolve before adding the remainder of the (cold) liquid.

                  3. We get rootbeer popsicles all the time in the commercial popsicles from the grocery store. They are my second least favorite after banana flavored popsicles.

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                    1. re: John E.

                      i don't like banana flavored popsicles, either, but I used to love banana flavored fudgesicles.....

                      1. re: jeanmarieok

                        I've never seen nor heard of banana flavored fudgesicles. Is that simply a combination of chocolate and banana? I do like the frozen bananas dipped in chocolate. I have this thing where I like bananas, but not banana flavored stuff.

                    2. My (Philly area) grocery stores stock a concentrate called Pappy's Sassafras Instant Tea, which I combine with a simple syrup plus a scant amount of glycerin (food grade, I use Wilson's brand from the craft/baking store). My family has always been fanatic about root beer pops, the available brand in our area was Hershey's. I don't know why, but they stopped making them, and I've been experimenting for years with recipes/methods to replace them. This Pappy's based recipe ended my search; everyone seems to agree it's a dead ringer for Hershey's. The addition of glycerin is the key to making a bitable pop vs a block of flavored ice.