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Keep It Strawberry, Silly

I admit it. I have somewhat of a bias towards the unusual flavors, the unexpected ones. The flavors that cause people to tip their heads a little at first, as if to say, “Huh? How could that possibly be… edible?” Yes, I love this tip of the head. Because it is so often followed by “Omigosh, but it’s SO good. I never would have guessed it!”

And yet. Sometimes you don’t feel like tasting a Chocolate Jalapeno or Balsamic Fig or Pinot Peppercorn ice pop (just invented those three on the spot, though stay tuned…). Sometimes you just want some good old-fashioned sweetness. For days like these, my friends, there’s this simple recipe based on the Strawberry-Vanilla Swirl pops in Shelly Kaldunski’s book, Ice Pops. Now, I’m not over the moon about the texture on these– the yogurt did a funny crystallization thing– but they were simple, delicious, and frankly kind of adorable.

Bath time for the strawberries.

Pucker up.

They were never the same after that.

Strawberry Puree, meet Vanilla Yogurt.

It was like they'd always been together.

The final stretch!

And here’s where I confess my newbie blogger’s mistake: I didn’t take a picture of the final results. I know! The shame! Thing is, these pops had to stand in for the rhubarb pops that weren’t yet frozen enough to take to the RhubarbBQ, and well, see, um, oh dear, how will I ever make it up to you? In any case, follow this recipe, and you’ll get to see these pops in person.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Strawberry-Vanilla Swirl pops:

2 1/2 cups strawberries, cut in half

2tbsp superfine sugar (pretty easy to find, but regular would probably be fine–or you can blend it to make the grains of sugar smaller).

1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

Pinch of salt

1 1/2 cups vanilla whole milk yogurt

Directions: Combine strawberries, lemon, sugar, and salt in a blender and process until smooth. Meanwhile, place 2 tbsp of yogurt into each mold. Top each with 2 tbsp of the strawberry puree and repeat until molds are full. Finally, use a paring knife to draw figure eights in each mold, swirling the two flavors together.

Freeze and enjoy!

One Comment

  • Patty on Jun 17, 2011 Reply

    I was one of the lucky recipients of these delightful ice pops, and I can unequivocally say, that they were gorgeous in appearance and delicious in flavor. Can’t wait for another batch!

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