School is back in session and summer is coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean summer treats have to come to an end as well. August 26 is “National Cherry Popsicle Day” and we want you to have some options on how to celebrate. With some help from yummly.com we have a recipe for “Cherry Yogurt Popsicles” from naturallyyella.com and “Cherry Pineapple Popsicles” from platingsandpairings.com.
For the Cherry Yogurt Popsicle:
2 tbsp. Concentrated Cherry Juice
1 cup Water
1 cup Vanilla Greek Yogurt
1 tbsp. Honey
½ cup Milk
In one bowl, combine the cherry juice and water.
In another bowl combine the yogurt, honey and milk.
Using 3 oz. popsicle molds, fill 1/3 of each mold with the yogurt mixture.
Freeze the first 1/3 of the filled mold for 45 to 60 minutes.
Remove from the freezer and add 1/3 layer of cherry juice and place back in freezer for another 45 to 60 minutes to let it set.
Remove from the freezer again and add the last layer of yogurt and add the stick.
Place the mold back in the freezer for 3 to 4 hours or overnight.
If you don’t want to wait for each layer to freeze you can do all the layers at once.
Start with the 1/3 yogurt mixture and then add the cherry juice and the last layer of yogurt.
Use a skewer to swirl the layers and add the popsicle stick.
For the Cherry Pineapple Popsicles:
2 cups Pineapple Chunks
3 cups Pitted Cherries
1/3 & ½ cup Pineapple Juice
3 tbsp. Simple Syrup
In a blender combine the pineapple chunks with 1/3 cup of pineapple juice.
Taste and sweeten with 1 tbsp. simple syrup, if necessary.
Transfer the pineapple puree into a liquid measuring cup that has a spout and set aside.
Rinse blender and puree the cherries with the ½ cup of pineapple juice. Taste and sweeten with 2 tbsp. of simple syrup if needed.
Transfer the cherry puree into another liquid measuring cup with a spout.
Pour the cherry puree into the molds half way, and then slowly pour the pineapple puree in the last half.
Insert the popsicle sticks into the molds and freeze for 4 to 5 hours until firm.
How to make simple syrup:
1 cup Water
1 cup Granulated Sugar
In a small sauce pot, combine the water and sugar. Bring to a boil until the sugar has dissolved. Let it cool to room temperature. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Serve them as a treat or a quick breakfast out the door. Either way summer can hang on for a little while longer with these delicious treats for any age.