Summer Recipe: Strawberry White Chocolate Popsicles

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I really wanted to make popsicles this year with white chocolate and strawberry white chocolate popsicles just sound so decadent. Not to mention I found local strawberries that were just calling to be made in popsicles . Now I like to keep my ingredients simple and healthy but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and add some chocolate once and awhile. Strawberries are also in the middle of their season so it’s the perfect time for recipes with them.  It’s easy to find local fresh strawberries either from the farmer’s market, a pick-your-own farm or even your friend and family who happen to grow them (I really wanted to get a strawberry plant for our balcony but Victor vetoed me).  Probably the most decadent recipe for popsicles since last years dulce de leche ones, these are yummy.

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What You’ll Need:

  • summer recipes (5)3 bars of white chocolate
    *Lindor is my favourite chocolate makers but you can go organic or favourite brand.
  • 3 cups of strawberries
  • 1 container of 500g vanilla yogurt (2 cups)
    *if you can find white chocolate yogurt, do it!
  • blender
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • popsicle mold (mine is here or here)

Steps:

  1. In a bowl mix the yogurt with the honey.
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  2. Wash 1 cup of strawberries and removing the tops. Cut into small chunks and add into the yogurt and mix together.
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  3. Wash and cut off the tops of the remaining 2 cups of strawberries.
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  4. In a blender or food processor add the strawberries, blend until into a puree. Strain if you don’t want pulp or seeds in the popsicles.
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    *you can add 1-2 tablespoons of sugar to the blender if you want a more sweeter puree. Puree is normally tart so personal preference (I’m a fan of tart and sour fruit).
  5. Add puree to the bottom of each popsicle mold about 1/3 of the way up.
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    *clean the sides of the mold
  6. Put in the freezer for 30minutes to 1 hour for puree to get slushie.
    *this helps keep the yogurt part separate from the puree top (I may have skipped this step because it was getting way to dark in my kitchen for photos)
  7. Take the popsicle mold out of the freezer and add in the yogurt mixture to fill the mold up to the top.
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  8. Clean the top and put on the lid with the popsicle stickes before sticking back in the freezer.
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  9. Freeze for another 3 hours or overnight.
  10. Removing all the popsicles from mold and place on a baking sheet lines with parchment paper, place in the freezer for another 15minutes to firm up again.
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  11. Setup work station for dipping, you will need 1 baking sheet lined with parchment paper and room for the chocolate cup.
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  12. Prepare the white chocolate for dipping. Simply break the bars into small pieces and melt the either in a double boiler or microwave (30 seconds at a time, stirring in between until melted in a microwave safe bowl).
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    *I’m only using 2 bars because I only dipped 8 popsicles, 3 bars will make the dipping easier for the last few popsicles but there will be leftovers.
  13. Pour melted white chocolate to a large narrow cup.
  14. Quickly take popsicles out of the freezer one by one and dip into the white chocolate covering the strawberry puree top.
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    *Lesson learned! The popsicles will cool down the chocolate and make it harder for it to stick to the puree, to fix this issue I suggest only dipping half of them in 1 1/2 bars of chocolate and then melt up the remaining to dip the last 5 bars. If you are only doing 4-5 bars I wouldn’t worry.
  15. Place the dipped popsicles on the baking sheet and place in the fridge for 10min to harden.summer recipes (29)
  16. Take out and enjoy!
    *to preserve any leftover popsicles simple place in a freezer bag using the parchment paper to separate them, tutorial here.

strawberry white chocolate popsicles (4)strawberry white chocolate popsicles (5)These are amazing popsicles because they have the tart puree on top mixed with the rich white chocolate and the sweet vanilla honey yogurt with chunks of strawberries at the bottom. I love the surprise of the puree and there is just so much going on in these popsicles. If you want to get even more decadent there is white chocolate yogurt made by Liberte, it’s a bit of an acquired taste but I like it. You could also use Greek yogurt for less sugar and higher protein. Overall I think this recipe will a tough one to bet this summer, it’s awesome.

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