I currently own two of the three bottles of Qream I have ever seen in person. Is that a bad thing? No. What’s a bad thing is that part of me actually likes strawberry Qream. Ahhh who am I? OK, it’s not that it tastes good, more that it tastes…nostalgic? In that it tastes either like the Amoxicillin I had to take when I got chronic ear infections or strawberry Nesquik, both of which I loved when I was five. Come to think of it, there may be some correlation there. Anyway, after the last Qream-induced debacle the people spoke for recipes of the strawberry varietal, so it is for you, dear readers, that I gave another $24.99 (plus tax) to Pharrell and his Qrusade.
It turns out there aren’t many baked goods to be made with strawberries. Aside from strawberry shortcake I had a hard time coming up with anything, and though I briefly considered making a strawberry rhubarb pie I realized there was no way to add an amusing ‘Q’ in the title so that was out. Instead, I opted for a qreamy version of my favorite summer treat: strawberry popsicles, the kind with lots of fruit inside. Will my five-year-old self be elated by this mix of strawberry milq and froz-fruit? Or will this experiment ruin my childhood forever?
2 cups chopped strawberries
3 Tbsp sugar
Juice of one lemon (the recipe called for the juice of half a lemon, but I had a small lemon so I used a whole one. Judge your lemons and adjust the recipe accordingly)
1/2 cup Strawberry Qream
1. In a food processor/blender, combine strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice and puree. Do not taste this mixture, because it will be delicious and you will spend the rest of the time wondering how you got to a point in your life where you’re ruining perfectly good recipes with Qream.
2. “Swirl” in Qream, which won’t really work because the strawberry puree will be way too thick and the Qream will be way too watery, so in hindsight you could probably have just thrown everything in the food processor.
3. Pour into popsicle molds and let freeze.
PEOPLE. I think we’ve done it. We, as a society (or I, as a crazy person) have finally discovered what Qream is good for, because these qreamsicles are THE SHIT. They’re sweet and tangy and just a little creamy but not enough to overpower how refreshing they are, and maybe I’ve just gotten used to that Qreamy aftertaste but I really think it enhanced the flavor! Two out of two roommates agree that they’re the best thing that’s come out of these experiments (though that’s not exactly a resounding endorsement). Anyway, if you have Qream you should probably make these. I can verify that there’s at least one more bottle out there.
Jaya Saxena still has way too much Qream in her apartment.