Bing Cherry and Vanilla Pops

With the warmer weather approaching, I seized the opportunity to add a kitchen gadget to the collection: a popsicle mold! Gina’s always makes me very jealous, and Estela is always whipping up colorful, healthy, and fresh popsicles for her cutie daughter.

Amazon, being both wonderful and a smart money-maker, offered up (at a discounted price, of course) a cookbook of Pops. I thumbed through it over a glass of wine Friday evening, and dog-eared nearly every recipe. They have alcohol pops…and lots of them!

I resisted the margaritas pops and vodka tonic pops and settled on Bing Cherry and Vanilla Pops. I almost always have frozen, unsweetened bing cherries on hand, as well as plain yogurt and honey. The only downside to making pops at home is the wait time, but seeing as they’re better than anything Kroger, Trader Joes, or other grocery can offer up, wait I did. Just not so patiently.

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Bing Cherry and Vanilla Pops slightly adapted from Pops

2 cups bing cherries, fresh and pitted or unsweetened, frozen
2/3 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
2/3 cup cherry juice (I used POM Wonderful)
2 Tbsp honey

Directions:

Blend or process in a food processor all ingredients. Divide into popsicle molds, ice cube trays, dixie cups, etc. Freeze for at least 8 hours, or until set. Remove from freezer 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 9 pops (3 oz each)

Nutrition Information (per pop): 55 calories; 0.1 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 9 mg. sodium; 12.6 g. carbohydrate; 0.4 g. fiber; 2 g. protein

Result: These are divine…creamy and rich, any yet, so, so healthy 🙂 The honey is the perfect touch to sweeten up the yogurt! Very easy to make, too!

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The Cubs game last night was a ton of fun – very wet & cold, but lots of fun. I got home just after 1am and I am…very tired. And in true Cubs fashion they blew their lead and ended the game with FOUR errors…and a loss. Ahhh! Is it Friday yet? My body is feeling abused after a late night hockey game on Sunday and a very late night last night. Glad there’s the weekend to recuperate!

Question: Popsicle or ice cream?

P.S. I am sorry for being a bad bloggie friend. I have not read ONE blog post this week. I hope to change that very, very soon. xo

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32 Comments

  1. May 18, 2011 / 8:01 am

    How beautiful!!! They just scream summer!

    Don’t feel badly about blog reading – I’ve not been able to keep up either this week!

    • Nicole
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      May 18, 2011 / 11:29 am

      I know…but where did Ohio’s summer weather go!? Brrr! At least this weekend looks nice and I have pops to enjoy! 🙂

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 18, 2011 / 11:30 am

      I think she would, too 🙂

  2. May 18, 2011 / 8:23 am

    Tough choice, can I choose the popsicles that have ice cream in them?!

    • Nicole
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      May 18, 2011 / 11:30 am

      I’ll allow for it 😉 And I totally agree…creamy popsicles are the best. These would fall into that category with the yogurt…very creamy!

  3. May 18, 2011 / 9:38 am

    These are awesome!!! I need to track down a popsicle mold so I can try these.

    As for your question…I always prefer ice cream, but rarely buy it. I tend to keep popsicles or Italian ice in my freezer for a lower calorie treat.

  4. May 18, 2011 / 9:42 am

    Since my sister moved to Illinois I’ve wanted to go to a cubs game. Or maybe just hang out in Wrigleyville during and after a game. Wrigleyville sounds so awesome.

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 18, 2011 / 11:32 am

      Last night’s game was in Cincinnati, unfortunately. And I may be biased being from Chicago, but Wrigleyville is amazing 🙂 You must make it there someday!

  5. May 18, 2011 / 10:07 am

    Omg they look like the perfect summer treat. I think I’d have to go with ice cream – I’ve been eyeing up an ice cream maker for quite some time now!

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 18, 2011 / 11:33 am

      All the kitchen gadgets there are to aquire…it does get rather spendy and hard to store them all!

  6. May 18, 2011 / 10:18 am

    That looks awesome! I usually opt ice cream when I am feeling chocolate and indulgent, but love fruit pops for something lighter and more refreshing.

  7. May 18, 2011 / 10:42 am

    I think you have convinced me to buy a pop mold. I am loving that recipe!
    This look great. Glad you had a great time at the Cubs game!

    • Nicole
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      May 18, 2011 / 11:34 am

      I’m such a bad influence, I know. Online shopping makes it too easy!! 😉

  8. May 18, 2011 / 11:27 am

    I could never choose between ice cream and popsicles. I love equally, and theyre SO different!

    I need to buy a popsicle mold – this is such a great idea, and they look delicious.

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 18, 2011 / 11:34 am

      Yes..you do 🙂

  9. May 18, 2011 / 11:34 am

    Despite the Cubs loss, I’m so glad to hear you had fun last night, Nicole! The pops look great — I love how you can see the pieces of cherry in there!

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 18, 2011 / 11:35 am

      I know, me too! I can’t wait til bing cherries are in season and to make really fresh pops!

  10. May 18, 2011 / 12:37 pm

    Nicole, I am still going to pretend you are not a Cubs fan, although I can’t say much for our White Sox so far this year. 🙁

    Okay, I may need to buy a popcicle mold – love it!

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 18, 2011 / 9:42 pm

      Haha, we can still be friends, right? 🙂

  11. May 18, 2011 / 1:31 pm

    I was a popsicle fan when I was young but now I just like ice cream (and only with loads of toppings haha) I should probably just eat a candy bar in all honesty lol

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 18, 2011 / 9:42 pm

      I’ll bet! So toasty down there! {{ jealous!! }}

  12. May 18, 2011 / 4:16 pm

    Become an Indians fan! They are doing awesome this year! lol

    Those pops are gorgeous…but I am def an ice cream over Popsicle lover.

  13. May 18, 2011 / 6:23 pm

    Love your pops…and even more that contain yogurt. Great anytime specially Summer. Great pictures! Hope you are having a great week Nicole 🙂

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 18, 2011 / 9:40 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

  14. May 18, 2011 / 10:14 pm

    Pops looks beautiful and refreshing..summer-perfect.

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