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Treats to Cool off this Summer! 
Summer is in full swing and we think that popsicles are the ultimate warm weather treat. We have wonderful childhood memories of riding our bikes around all day and cooling-off with a cold, sweet popsicle or two.

You see, eating a popsicle is a fine art. You've got to walk a fine line between eating it slowly enough to enjoy, but fast enough so that it doesn't melt, dripping its ooey goodness all over your hands and clothes.

What’s better than just a regular old, albeit delicious, popsicle you ask? One made with honey, of course! Making honey-inspired popsicles at home is both fun and easier than you may think. A few ingredients and a little work will have you eating these delightful cool treats all summer long.
 
Honey-Yogurt Popsicle 
  • 2 cups - plain yogurt 
  • 1 cup - milk
  • ⅓ cup - honey
  • 1 teaspoon - vanilla extract 
  • ¼ lb. - cherries, pitted and quartered 
  • ¼ cup - blueberries

In a large bowl, stir together the yogurt, milk, honey and vanilla extract.  Taste the mixture and add a little more honey if needed.  Divide half the fruit among 8 ½-cup popsicle holders.  Add ¼ cup of the yogurt mixture to each popsicle holder, then add the rest of the fruit.  You’ll need to press the fruit down a bit to distribute it evenly in the popsicle.  Top off with more yogurt mixture if needed, leaving at least ¼ inch of space at the top of the popsicle holder because it will expand as it freezes.  Freeze the popsicles for several hours, until completely solid.

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 Fruity Greek Yogurt Popsicles 
  • 1 cup - pitted cherries or ½ cup strawberries (or other fruit of your choice) 
  • 1 cup - nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons - honey

In a small food processor or blender, puree the fruit for 30 seconds to 1 minute. (Do not blend for too long or the puree will become too watery).  In a measuring cup or bowl with pouring spout, stir together the yogurt and honey. Fold in about 2 tablespoons of the fruit puree. Taste and add more honey or fruit puree as desired.  Pour fruit and yogurt mixture into popsicle molds, filling about ¾ of the way. Add wooden sticks and freeze for at least 3 hours.  To remove: run warm water over the bottle of the popsicle mold and gently twist and pull out the popsicles.

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Berry Stripped Pops
  • 2 cups - strawberries
  • 3/4 cup - honey, divided
  • 6 - kiwifruit, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups - peaches
  • 12 - paper cups (3-oz.) or popsicle molds
  • 12 - popsicle sticks

Purée strawberries with 1/4 cup honey in blender or food processor. Divide mixture evenly between 12 cups or Popsicle molds. Freeze about 30 minutes or until firm. Meanwhile, rinse processor; purée kiwifruit with 1/4 cup honey. Repeat process with peaches and remaining 1/4 cup honey. When strawberry layer is firm, pour kiwifruit purée into molds. Insert Popsicle sticks and freeze about 30 minutes or until firm. Pour peach purée into molds and freeze until firm and ready to serve.

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Fruity Frozen Yogurt Pops
 
  • 1 cup - fresh, ripe nectarines, pineapple, or strawberries, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups - plain yogurt
  • 1/3 cup - honey
  • 1 teaspoon - vanilla
  • 8 - paper cups (3 oz.) and popsicle sticks or plastic spoons
In a blender, combine all ingredients; mix well. Pour into eight (3 oz.) paper cups; insert popsicle sticks or plastic spoon in center of each. Freeze 4 hours or until solidly frozen.

 Strawberry Mint Frozen Yogurt Pops 
 
  • 1½ cups - greek yogurt 
  • 1 cup - fresh strawberries, chopped (reserve ½ cup) 
  • 2 tablespoons - mint leaves, finely chopped 
  • 3 tablespoons - honey

Mix yogurt, ½ cup strawberries, honey and mint together in a food processor and blend; mixture will turn light pink. Stir in reserved berries and fill the popsicle mold until ¾ full; place in freezer.  Freeze for 1½ to 2 hours.


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