It’s POPSICLE WEEK! To celebrate this momentous week of frozen delights, I’ve made earl grey milky tea popsicles with grass jelly bits. Guys, you know I like my bits. Bits add texture and interest and sometimes downright FUN – I’m talking bubble tea pearls, crunchy nuts, chocolate chips, sprinkles, crumbs and yes, grass jelly.
Grass jelly can seem intimidatingly grotesque to the uninitiated, mostly because of it’s dark brown colour and glisteningly gelatinous nature. It’s made from a Chinese herb which has been dried and oxidized, hence the colour. And, when purchased in a can, it slides out in a glump, jiggly and bizarre looking. Unsweetened, it has a bitter, earthy tea flavour and it’s served with sweetened condensed milk in many Asian restaurants! You can get it as an add-in at bubble tea shops too. It’s basically like a Chinese Jell-O.
When grass jelly is all chopped up it looks like sparkling brown glass, and it adds a nice texture and flavour combined with earl grey. I love it so much in these creamy tea-infused popsicles! You can find grass jelly in Asian supermarkets or you can make your own using a grass jelly powder mix found online.
Earl Grey Milky Tea Popsicles with Grass Jelly
For the popsicles
- 1 cup of evaporated milk
- ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk
- ¾ cup heavy cream
- ½ cup whole milk
- 6 earl grey tea bags
- ½ cup grass jelly, chopped into bits
Make the popsicles!
- In a medium saucepan, bring the evaporated milk, cream and whole milk to a low boil. Be careful it doesn’t boil over!
- Remove from heat; steep the earl grey tea bags in the hot milk mixture for 5 minutes.
- Squeeze the tea bags to maximize the flavour before removing from milk; I use two spoons to help press and squeeze the bags together.
- Add the sweetened condensed milk and mix to combine.
- Strain the mixture over top of a large liquid measuring cup to catch any stray tea leaves or milk skin that may have formed.
- Using a spoon, add a teaspoon of grass jelly to each popsicle mold. Mix the rest into the earl grey milk mixture.
- Slowly pour the earl grey milk mixture into the popsicle molds; freeze for 6 hours or overnight!