Popsicles are quite possibly my new favorite thing to make. I simply love how creative you can be with them. Seriously, there are no limits. I’ve used tea, cake, booze, you name it … and I have made a popsicle with it.
This particular recipe is a twist on the first recipe I ever tried out. My first try was this sour cream popsicle with bourbon soaked cherries. And yes, it was as delicious as it sounds. I took them to Dolores Park with some friends on a sunny Sunday afternoon and they were quickly devoured.
I had planned for these figs to meet the same fate as those cherries but they were so fresh and bursting with flavor, that it broke my heart just to freeze them. I didn’t want anything else to alter their taste. So I refrained and I am glad I did. These pops are scrumptious!
The idea of sour cream can be a little off-putting, I know. But with the vanilla and the sugar, it is much like Greek yogurt. Why not just use Greek yogurt, then? Well, because I didn't want to! But you can. Though I suggest you try it with the sour cream … you will be amazed.

Prep time: 10 minutes  

Cook time: 5 minutes 

Total time: 10 hours, 15 minutes  

Yield: 10 popsicles

Vanilla, Fig and Sour Cream Popsicles


  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 5 figs
Cooking directions
  1. Slice the figs so they are rather thick, like the thickness of two quarters.
  2. Seed the vanilla bean by pressing it flat against a cutting board and then slicing it in half. Using a butter knife, slide it across the inside of each half, scraping out the seeds.
  3. Add the milk and sugar to a medium saucepan and warm the mixture over a low heat, just til the sugar is fully dissolved.
  4. Add the vanilla bean and then the sour cream. Whisk the mixture until it is completely smooth.
  5. Transfer the mixture to a large measuring cup and let it cool in the refrigerator for about an hour.
  6. Fill each popsicle mold with about an inch of the sour cream mixture and insert the popsicle sticks. Let set in the freezer for about an hour.
  7. Divide the sliced figs amongst the molds and fill with the remaining mixture.
  8. Place popsicles in the freezer until solid.

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