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Strawberry-Vanilla Smoothie Pops

I have been wanting to jump on the ice pop bandwagon a long time. I remember the Tupperware molds my family had when I was growing up being great fun.  We'd fill them with fruit juice and get a kick out of making our own popsicles.  (Truth be told, I probably let them melt half the time so I could drink them through the little drip sipper at the base of the handle...why not just have a cup of juice?  These things need not make sense when you are a kid.)  But the blog world exploded with beautiful, creative pop flavors a few years ago and every summer since I've wished to own some pop molds again.  I added the Tovolo Groovy Ice Pop Molds to my Amazon wishlist, but they were just never a high priority item for me when my birthday (late September) or Christmas rolled around.  By that time I'm dreaming of hot cocoa and candlelight, ya know?  Anyway, I did a little excited jig in Marshalls the other day when I discovered the very same molds for $6.99 a set instead of Amazon's $11.11.

I pinned a bunch of recipes for inspiration today, reviewed a few, and then set out to make a yummy frozen treat with some strawberries that were languishing in our fridge.  They turned out so well!  And the molds were really easy to work with, so if you're looking to get a set, I'd recommend them (but check your local Marshalls/TJ Maxx/Homegoods first--the one near me even had the rocket molds!). I can't wait to try some other fruit variations, and a few fudgsicle recipes too!

Strawberry-Vanilla Smoothie Pops 
(makes 6 large pops)

12 strawberries, cleaned and hulled
1/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 oz. cream cheese
3/4 c. plain yogurt
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. milk
1 T. corn syrup (optional--I read somewhere it helps reduce the iciness) 

Blend/puree all ingredients together.  Taste, and add more sugar if desired.  Pour mixture into ice pop molds, leaving 1/2" of head space for expansion.  Freeze for 6-8 hours (about 5 in our deep freezer worked).  Run pop covers briefly under warm water for easy release.


aswego said…
those sound amazing! i never would have thought to use cream cheese in a popsicle, genius!

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