With advance apologies to our readers who are yet to feel the stinging heat of summer, but down South, this is a timely post. The Practical Cook loves popsicles in theory, but is not a fan of the limited orange, cherry, grape ones that are readily available. A child of the 80’s, I wanted to get back to my Bill Cosby roots and have something more like a pudding pop.
Fast forward to modern times, and a local paleta shop call Locopops opened. It was a revelation. Their flavor combinations are limitless, and in two main categories, water and cream-based. Hurray. That will be a guiding principle here as well.
As recipes are developed, they will be shared here, so keep the suggestions coming!
Chocolate Almond Cherry Popsicle Recipe
There are some techniques that will help you reach popsicle success. For the tips and tricks, watch the how-to video here.
2 cups plain or vanilla flavored yogurt, or chocolate or vanilla pudding (if you use anything but plain yogurt, omit sweetener)
1/2 cup frozen sweet cherries
2 Tablespoons honey or maple syrup (optional if using plain yogurt)
1/4 cup almond butter
1/4 cup toasted almond slivers
1. Put yogurt, cherries, optional sweetener, and almond butter in a blender (or food processor). Blend it!
2. Put a spoonful or so of almond slivers in the bottom of your popsicle molds (or paper cups, if you must).
3. Pour the blended mixture in the molds until they’re half-full. Add a dollop of chocolate syrup into each mold. This creates the squishy center. Fill the molds to the top with the remaining popsicle mixture.
4. Freeze for at least 1 hour.
5. Loosen from mold with warm water. Eat.
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Coming up tomorrow, the world premiere of Goaty McBeet Burgers.