Popsicles. Is there anything better on a hot Summer day? But it’s not all fun and games. There’s evil lurking in your popsicle. Splintery, wooden, spongy evil.
Is it just me or does the thought of biting into a refreshing popsicle down to the wooden stick give you the heebee jeebese? It not only ruins the whole experience it also incites a physical reaction in me that is most unpleasant.
You know that feeling when you drag your fingernails across a chalkboard or when you accidentally touch a bug? It feels like you need to chop your fingers off to get rid of the weirdness. Either that or run your fingertips across an SOS pad until the pain replaces the icks.
I used to chew on popsicle sticks when I was a kid then promptly hide them in the basement couch because I was too lazy to take them upstairs to throw them out. The thought of doing that now makes me cringe for a few reasons.
Sorry to make you think of bugs, amputation and skin abrasions while setting eyes on this rainbow of Fruit Punch Yogurt Popsicles. These have plastic sticks so no worries.
Enough of my neurosis. Let’s get crack-a-lackin of some popsicles.
Fruit Punch Yogurt Popsicles
Makes 48 mini popsicles or 24 large popsicles
Source: My imagination.
2 750g containers plain whole milk yogurt
1 cup, bananas, sliced
1 cup strawberries, chopped
1 cup peaches, skinned and chopped
1 cup blueberries
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
In a medium bowl combine the sugar and water. Heat it up in the microwave until all the sugar is dissolved.
Using a food processor blend up each cup of fruit separately then scoop them out into four separate medium bowls. Make sure to rinse out the food processor between each cup to make sure not to get bits of fruit in another cup. Evenly divide up the sugar water into each bowl of pureed fruit and do the same with the yogurt. Mix each until the colour and texture is smooth.
Pour each flavour into the prepared molds then pop in the popsicle sticks and freeze them for about two hours until they’re frozen solid. To make layered popsicles pour one flavour halfway up the mold then freeze it for 15 – 20 minutes then pour the next flavour up to the top, insert the stick and freeze it for another couple hours until they’re solid.
To release the popsicles from their molds pour hot faucet water over the end of the mold making sure not to get it into the mold then slightly squeeze each mold until they look like they’re budging. Carefully pull out your popsicles and enjoy!