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Cooking Tip: How To Make Frozen Yogurt Popsicles

cooking tips, dessertsSheri SpalloneComment

How was your Labor Day Weekend?  Ours was unexpectedly delightful.  What looked to be a washed out weekend (thanks to Hurricane Hermine), we ended up having a lovely summer weekend with plenty of warm sunshine, great food, and quality time with family and friends. So, what did we do?  We made homemade frozen yogurt popsicles® with yogurt, fresh fruit, fruit butter, and preserves.

Let's face it, frozen popsicles are just plain fun for kiddos and adults alike.  They're the perfect heat buster,  the flavor combinations are endless, and they're easy to make from home with real ingredients you can control and pronounce. 

Our children love to help in the kitchen and because it was hot, we made the most of our long weekend and made frozen popsicles® with yogurt and fruit instead of fruit and fruit juices as in the past. Our 15 year old Nicholas suggested we not only use yogurt and fruit, but also try our "fruit butter" and preserves, an idea that had not crossed my mind before.  What??

It made sense...fruit butters are fruits that have been cooked down to a butter consistency, so why not use them in frozen pops?  Clever kiddo;).  So we set forth on our quest and made frozen yogurt pops with blueberries, cherries, vanilla yogurt, Cherry Butter,  Blackberry Preserves, and chocolate syrup (We'll discuss that shortly).  We created three different varieties, Blueberry Vanilla Yogurt Pops, Berry Cherry Yogurt Pops, and Ice Cream Sundae Yogurt Pops...hence the chocolate.  That was our daughter's addition (she joined the party...rare teenage moments...priceless).  The hardest part was waiting for the darn things to freeze;).  

The yogurt fruit pops were a hit!  Talk about a flavor party in your mouth!   You need to make these chilly velvety concoctions!  You won't be disappointed.  They're the perfect healthy snack, dessert, or breakfast treat, they're super easy to make, and best of all they're homemade with real ingredients. Homemade is the best, especially when you can make them with someone else.  For me, my friends, spending time with our teenage children was priceless!

Here's how we made them (We made three kinds.  You can see below for the individual recipes).

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Ingredients

Preparation

Before you begin, you'll need a few kitchen tools, a popsicle mold (I purchased this 10 serving mold on Amazon), and a cherry pitter (also to make my life easier).

1.  Separate the greek yogurt into 3 medium bowls (not necessary if only making one variety), and set aside. 

2.  In a small sauce pan, cook the blueberries and the Blackberry Preserves on low until the preserves have dissolved (a few minutes).  Turn off the heat and allow the preserves to cool about 5 minutes.  Now the fun begins!

3.  As I mentioned, we made three varieties.  I'll post another blog in the future (maybe the next heat wave) of other combinations.  For the Blueberry Vanilla Yogurt Pops, we added about 2 Tablespoons of the blueberry-preserve mixture.   Gently swirl the blueberry mixture into the yogurt.  Don't mix too much, as you want the swirled effect.  Carefully pour into the molds.

4.  For the Berry Cherry Pops, we followed Step 3 using 2 Tablespoons (Tbsp) of the Blueberry-Preserve Mixture and we added 1/4 cup of chopped cherries to the mixture, swirled ever so gently just as above, and poured into our molds.

5.  Finally, for the Ice Cream Sundae Pops, we added to the remaining bowl of greek yogurt, chopped cherries, 2 Tablespoons (Tbsp) Cherry butter (heated for 10 seconds in the microwave), and 1 Tablespoon of Chocolate Syrup.

6.  Once again, gently swirl the yogurt mixture and pour into the mold.  The molds I purchased had this handy lid to insert the sticks, but you could easily cover with plastic wrap and insert the sticks into the plastic.  Almost done!  Place in freezer and wait...and wait...and wait!

7.  After a few hours (what seems like eternity), remove the lid or plastic wrap, run the desired mold bottoms under warm water and gently pull out pops.  Voila!  Homemade frozen yogurt fruit pops, a sure-fire heat buster and delicious treat anytime!  Enjoy!

Frozen Yogurt Popsicles

Blueberry Vanilla Yogurt Pops

  • Vanilla Greek Yogurt (divided if making three separate batches)
  • 2 Tablespoons (Tbsp) Blueberry-Preserve Mixture (mentioned in Step 2)
  • Follow directions above for making the pops 

Berry Cherry Yogurt Pops

  • Vanilla Greek Yogurt (divided if making three separate batches)
  • 2 Tablespoons (Tbsp) Blueberry-Preserve Mixture (mentioned in Step 2)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cherries
  • Follow directions above for making the pops 

Ice Cream Sundae Yogurt Pops

  • Vanilla Greek Yogurt (divided if making three separate batches)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cherries
  • 1 Tablespoon Chocolate Syrup
  • Follow directions above for making the pops 

 

 

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