Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Creamy Orange Yogurt Pops


I hope you all enjoyed a great weekend. If you live in the U.S., I hope you had a wonderful, long Memorial Day weekend with lots of outdoor time with friends and family!  I know tropical storm Beryl messed up a lot of weekend holiday plans in the southeastern states and here in the Midwest, it was HOT with near record high temperatures!


Knowing what was in the forecast for the weekend, I decided something frozen and cooling was in order.  I had just seen this recipe in the latest issue of Martha Stewart's Everyday Food but there are slight variations on this theme here, here, and here.


As much as these were extremely tasty, I think that next time I make them, I would dilute the orange juice concentrate just a little or use regular yogurt instead of the Greek yogurt that I used - both of which led to delicious but powerful flavors. Great for adults, but a little too intense for my not quite 3-year-old grandson.

PS: On a personal note, I've decided to enjoy our short, Midwest summer season as much as possible this year. I'm not going away but I won't be joining in any food links for a while and, if you don't see a post from me every single week, it's because I'm outside playing :) A computer-cation, you might say.



Creamy Orange Yogurt Pops

Adapted from Everyday Food - June, 2012 Issue
Printable Recipe

1 cup thawed orange juice concentrate
1/3 cup sugar
2 cups full-fat plain yogurt (I used Greek yogurt)
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Combine orange juice concentrate and sugar in a small saucepan over medium-low heat.  Stir over heat until sugar is dissolve, about 3-4 minutes.  Add yogurt and vanilla to orange juice mixture and stir to combine. 

Transfer to a pitcher or measuring bowl with pouring spout and pour into ice-pop molds and insert sticks.   Freeze until solid, about 6 hours (or can be kept frozen for a week in advance). 

Briefly run molds under hot water to release pops. 

Depending on the size of your molds, this will make 6-10 pops. 

My Notes: Next time, I would probably dilute the orange juice concentrate just a little and instead of Greek yogurt, I would try regular yogurt.

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61 comments:

  1. So refreshing and healthy. I need to buy some molds. Lovely photos of your pretty flowers. I remember how beautiful your garden was from last year's posts. Lots of pink flowery chive blossoms, I remember them. xo

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  2. Lovely flowers and really healty pops! have a good week, a warm hug...

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  3. Beautiful pictures, looks like such a pretty day. The ice pops look great. I could use one, we have your heat today! Enjoy your computer-cation :)

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  4. Sounds good! Thanks for sharing your beautiful flowers.
    Enjoy your computer-cation! :-D I really need to take one myself and get caught up on some things.

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  5. OMG, those pops look delicious! I'll have one please!!!

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  6. Those pops look absolutely refreshing and delicious...Now I wish it would be summer here :) Gorgeous collage of your flowers- They are just pretty! pretty! pretty! And I hope you have a lot of fun playing outside too :)- Enjoy your summer season, Susan!

    Hugs <3

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  7. The pops sound great Susan! Enjoy your 'puter-cation and have fun:@)

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  8. Your flowers are lovely! We love summer popsicles and these look delicious. Enjoy your time away!

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  9. Susan, enjoy your computer-cation! Your peonies are lovely! I love an ice cold pop to cool me down in the warm weather.

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  10. Dear i love your cream orange pops look delicious!

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  11. That sounds so refreshing. My grands enjoy the brand name yogurt pops so I'm sure that they would enjoy these homemade ones, too.

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  12. Oh, and your computer-cation sounds lovely. I had one all day because of one thunderstorm after another.

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  13. I just bought the same pop molds you used today at Home Goods! I can't wait to try them out and a citrus yogurt pop sounds really refreshing. Enjoy your computer vacation, Susan. I'm sure you are looking forward to lots of nice snuggle time with your grandsons :)

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  14. These look so refreshing and healthy! I am making these, for sure!d THanks!

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  15. They do looks wonderful though! I think that is a very good plan for your computer-cation. I am planning to take more summer time also.
    Enjoy Susan!
    Rita

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  16. What an adorable thing to make for a Memorial Day picnic. I've seen the molds and thought how cute they would be.

    Enjoy your computer vacation. We'll miss you but I guarantee we'll be here when you return. Kick your feet up and have fun.
    Sam

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  17. Looks so creamy and tangy! Just my kind of treat, as here days are becoming muggy and warm every single day! Enjoy your compu-cation, with my blessings!

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  18. With the summer season upon us, I think we would all like to spend more time outside. The pops look refreshing...your tips are greatly appreciated.

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  19. This reminds me of my childhood favorite Creamsicle and would be a lovely way to cool off on a hot summer day. Enjoy your break, Susan. It would be nice to not think about computer stuff for a little while.

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  20. Enjoy the summer Susan and these beautiful yogurt cones you made! They look absolutely delicious!

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  21. Computer-cation...I love it! Think I'll join you. Your creamy-citrus pops sound divine. Enjoy them all summer!

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  22. They look wonderful. My 4 gkids love yogurt but not the Greek, you are right, too strong a flavor.
    Yes, summers are busy times here too. We were at the beach Sun and Mon, and boating Mon too. When they leave, I need a rest!
    Enjoy your summer.

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  23. This sounds like a Dreamsicles something I made recently as well using Greek yogurt. I loved it but used Ojai Tangerine zest and juice and thought the zest was a bit too bitter. I think everyone's taste buds are different and agree that not everyone will be fond of the Greek yogurt. That said I think yours look beautiful.

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  24. This looks wonderfully tangy, zesty and delicious my friend - I live your ingredients used :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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  25. This looks so refreshing, fruity and dessert-y! It's the best of all popsicle worlds. Everyone should have a computer-cation. I hope you have fun.

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  26. Enjoy your computer-cation, Susan! We all need a break.

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  27. Oohh..you must be reading my mind. I LOVE popsicles in the summer. Can't wait to try them. Have a good break!

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  28. I like the term "computercation"! You have a lovely spot to enjoy yours in. Thanks for the recipe. I always had a tough choice when our popsicle "man" came through the neighborhood--would it be fudge or dreamsicle? Now I can make my own!!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  29. What a fun summer treat. Have fun on your computer-cation. I may be needing one soon too.

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  30. What a beutiful post!Congratulations on your lovely blog!I am a new follower!If you want to get a taste of greek cuisine,Drop by my blog!
    Greetings from Greece,dear!

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  31. Thank you for such a lovely Summer treat :) Happy computer-cation, Jenny

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  32. It has been HOT here too~ I need to freeze a 4 month supply of these for breakfast if our May weather is any indication of the long hot summer ahead :) Enjoy your beautiful flowers & garden!

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  33. My mom used to always freeze orange juice in popsicle molds for us instead of buying ice pops. And we loved them. I really adore the idea of adding a creamy element to them though! So refreshing!

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  34. Love these yogurt pops, Susan. A fantastic summer treat.

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  35. What a refreshing summer dessert my friend :D
    Cannot go wrong with orange flavoiur!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  36. These look so cool and refreshing. I haven't made homemade pops in a long long time!

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  37. It's certainly the time of year to make popsicle type desserts, Susan. These look a bit like creamsicles...which I used to love. Thanks for the tips on how to make them better.
    Have a lovely computer-cation! Summer should not be spent in front of the computer!

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  38. A wonderful cooling dessert that I would welcome anytime! Nobody would say no to this!

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  40. they are such a nice treat! I love them

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  41. I hope you enjoy your time away from the computer. We will be here when you return.

    I smiled reading this post. I traveled to Chicago (first time) at the end of April. I could not tell if I was freezing or wet. No doubt, that I would not last one winter with this Florida blood. I absolutely had the best time, just loved it.

    As for Beryl, I was hoping for a monsoon here in the panhandle of North Florida-we really needed a rain event and Beryl was perfect( full of rain but not damaging winds) we really did not get much (sigh).

    Enjoy the outside, it's a beautiful time of year.

    Velva

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  42. Great idea and looks much healthy compared to those sugar filled store brought brands. Richard

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  43. Enjoy your computer -cation, I can relate to that one! These frozen pops scream Summer vacation to me and I love the way you've displayed them on ice;-)

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  44. That is one thing I want to try as well.Well two things, these pops and a break from computer. We have a week long vacation at the end of July and I will see if I can just turn it off and not turn it on until I get back. No FB, oh MY :))
    I will take this recipe and the fudge one with me though.With four little ones on the beach, some pops will go fast.
    By the way, just made the refrigerator pickles last night. Hope they will be ready in several days to taste.

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  45. delicious summer treat , love citrus recipes :)

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  46. Orange and yogurt are sure a great combination...by the way, thanks for the tips...I too would prefer a lighter version :)
    Hope you are having a fantastic week Susan!

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  47. these look fab and enjoy your time outside

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  48. una vera delizia!!!!ciao Susan!!!^_^

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  49. When I was a little girl...I lived in the city and could not wait to hear the sound of the ice cream truck. Every time...I'd get a orange creamsicle. I know that I would adore this. Thank you.

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  50. Lovely idea... cream sickles remind me of my childhood.

    I totally understand your wanting to spend time in that garden, it is remarkable. I am having a terrible time keeping up with blogging... life and its demands keep getting in the way. I remind myself that in this, I am my own master and it is supposed to be fun... not work. Taking time off is part of the best thing about being in control.

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  51. Hey, I've been having one of those computer-cations, too! I hope that you enjoy your summer. You such a beautiful yard. I don't blame you for wanting to spend as much time there as possible. Those yogurt pops look so delicious. I understand exactly what you mean, though, about the tartness factor. We had a similar experience at my house when we were making frozen yogurt for the first time. Pucker power!

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  52. These would be a great addition to our summer parties, thanks for the tips and have fun playing outside, enjoy!!

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  53. Just love your peonies! The ice cream cake looks delicious too. Have a nice summer and enjoy your beautiful garden!

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  54. This looks so creamy, yet refreshing. I say, this is the perfect summer treat! I love you use yogurt in you pops for the tang flavor and creamy texture. YUM!

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  55. I will definitely be making these. They looks delicious and refreshing.

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  56. hello Susan
    Your creamy orange yogurt pops looks so fresh. :)
    I don’t mind eat this every day. LOL.
    Thank you for sharing. :)
    You can submit your creamy orange yogurt pops pics on http://www.foodporn.net It is a food (and drink of course) photography site where members can submit all food (and drink of course (again) LOL ) pictures that make readers hungry.
    Well, you know it’s fun to make others hungry (and thirsty)! :D

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  57. I have these same pop makers! Aren't they awesome? This looks like a perfect summer treat.

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  58. What a lovely blog! I'm so glad I found you! The pops looks wonderful and I found myself wanting to try several recipes you have listed on your sidebar! :) Thank you!

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  59. Thank you, everyone!!! Hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer and thanks for understanding about my short 'break'.

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