Matcha Popsicles with Cherry Rose Compote

These matcha popsicles with cherry rose compote are a pretty two-tone frozen treat that's more creamsicle than popsicle. #matcha #greentea #popsicles #cherry

these matcha popsicles with cherry rose compote are basically creamsicles, with the silky matcha ice cream and tangy cherry rose compote.

i’ve been seeing rose everywhere. philz has their rosé coffee.* i took my work laptop to a cafe last month and sipped on their matcha rose latte while i worked on some spreadsheets. at this point, it’s more unusual to not see rose milk tea on boba shop menus. after much resistance, this curious baker succumbed to scouting out a bottle of rosewater and got to work.

spoiler: you might be seeing a lot of rosewater in the future here because it’s adds a je ne sais quoi if you don’t overdo it. also, the bottle is quite large, and i’ve used less than 1 T of the rosewater so far. even though i’ve already posted a matcha cake with raspberry rose cream.

i added a tiny splash of rose water into a cherry compote, and then i started thinking about how good a creamsicle would be. matcha ice cream plopped into a mold with the cherry rose compote for a matcha popsicle? yes, please.

the resulting matcha popsicles are everything i want for summer. a little decadent with all that ice cream, but refreshing from that icy, tangy, gently rosy cherry compote. mmmm.

*confused about that accent over the e in rosé though, since it’s rose flower flavored and not rosé wine flavored. also confused why their summer lineup has rose, mint and …ecstatic? since when was ecstatic a flavor?

Enjoy the hot summer afternoons with refreshing matcha popsicles with cherry rose compote! #matcha #greentea #popsicles #cherry

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5 from 3 votes
These matcha popsicles with cherry rose compote are a pretty two-tone frozen treat that's more creamsicle than popsicle. #matcha #greentea #popsicles #cherry
Matcha Popsicles with Cherry Rose Compote
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Churn and Freeze Time
10 hrs 20 mins
Total Time
10 hrs 50 mins
These matcha popsicles with cherry rose compote are the perfect mash-up of tea-flavored ice cream and icy fruity deliciousness.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Asian, Fusion, Japanese
Keyword: cherries, creamsicles, dessert, fruit, gluten-free, grain-free, green tea, ice cream, matcha, nut-free, paletas, popsicles, rosewater, tea, vegetarian
Servings: 6 popsicles
Calories: 148 kcal
Matcha Ice Cream
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • tsp kosher salt
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 T matcha
Cherry Rosewater Compote
  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries
  • 1/2 tsp rosewater
  • 3/4 tsp lemon juice
Matcha Ice Cream
  1. In a small pot, simmer the cream, milk, sugar and salt until sugar completely dissolves, about 5 minutes. Remove pot from heat. In a separate bowl, whisk the yolks and matcha until they're broken up.
  2. Whisking constantly, slowly whisk about a third of the hot cream into the yolks, then whisk the yolk mixture back into the pot with the cream. Return pot to medium-low heat and gently cook until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon (about 170F on an instant-read thermometer).
  3. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl and toss any matcha or scrambled egg bits that get caught in the sieve. Cool to room temperature. Cover and chill at least 4 hours or overnight. Churn in an ice cream machine according to manufacturers’ instructions. Serve directly from the machine for soft serve, or store in freezer until needed.
  4. If you want these popsicles to be super clean, transfer the ice cream into a piping bag. Otherwise, use a spoon. Pipe or spoon the matcha ice cream into the molds until they’re half full.
Cherry Rosewater Compote
  1. Blend everything with 2 T water until the cherries are broken down. You may need to add more water depending on how powerful your blender is. Pour on top of the matcha ice cream, stick popsicle sticks in the center, and freeze until solid, preferably overnight.
  2. To unmold, run the bottom part of the mold under warm water (if you dip the bottom of the popsicles in warm water, this also works), and wiggle the popsicle out of the mold once the mold warms up a bit.
Recipe Notes

Ice cream base adapted from Melissa Clark.

Don't worry if you have 4 egg yolks; that works too.

You may have some extra ice cream; just freeze in a separate container after you churn the ice cream and fill the popsicle molds, then enjoy plain.

more matcha deliciousness besides these matcha popsicles

This matcha coconut breakfast bowl has a base of filling matcha-tinted barley. #matcha #coconut #breakfast #vegan #barley

matcha coconut breakfast bowl

Looking for a non-coffee afternoon pick me up? This pineapple green tea slushie has plenty of matcha to perk you up after your 3pm slump. #pineapple #tea #matcha #drinks #nonalcoholic

pineapple green tea slushie

These matcha popsicles would be delicious with just the matcha, but the cherry rose compote is a deliciously fruity counterpart to the creamy matcha. #matcha #greentea #popsicles #cherry

5 Replies to “Matcha Popsicles with Cherry Rose Compote”

  1. These popsicles sound amazing!! You always come up with the most unique flavor combos that have me drooling 🙂

  2. Yummmmy, looks so delicious I wish I could stay at home from work and make these popsicles now! Thank you, happy summer!!!💚🍒5 stars

  3. You’re so right, Heather – these are summer in a popsicle. And I agree, rose, like rose wine, best enjoyed in moderation!

  4. I love this paleta – it sounds so fancy with the cherry rose compote. And the matcha!

    Thanks for joining this year’s #PaletaWeek


  5. I’m happy to see rose everywhere! I’ve always been a fan. I’ve also always been a fan of matcha, so I am definitely digging this combo in a popsicle!!5 stars

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