Summer is my favorite time of year. Hands down. My kids are usually at their most healthy, which makes a big difference in our lives, and we aren’t as hindered by as many weather considerations and risks of what’s going around.
For the most part we just have one big issue to conquer. How to beat the heat.
A cool treat (year round really) is my kids’ favorite. And if they have their choice in the summer they will go for something quick from the freezer every time. If there is ice cream that is fun, but they like instant treats they can get for themselves and not have to wait for mom to help – thus Popsicles of some kind are a freezer staple for us.
Multipurpose tools really. Want a Popsicle? Eat your dinner. Want a Popsicle? Clean up your room. Want a Popsicle? Give me a book report on a chapter book in essay form (true story. I’m THAT Mom.) I’m fine with that though.
Sometimes though we just need to do something a little different and make it extra special. Like, when there is a special occasion. Of milestone proportions.
My first born child turned 10 this month. That handsome boy, there on the left down below who’s trying not to snort frozen yogurt.
Hard to believe. And even a little tough to celebrate on some levels. Double digits. He’s growing up! Thank goodness not too quickly on me though.
Each year for his birthday he is pretty consistent that he wants some kind of ice cream ‘cake’. Usually all he really means by that is that he doesn’t really want cake at all. This year was no exception. I wised up this time though and went even easier on myself.
Birthdays around our house are celebrated usually by a day of activities/eats chosen by the birthday person. We usually do presents with the breakfast of their choice, then head out for the day. We almost always have a cake or dessert treat of some kind, but with being gone all day it needs to be something that is already good to go with very little work.
This year I got really smart and just combined his two favorite things into one. By using his favorite Popsicle flavors (the Watermelon and Cotton Candy frozen yogurt filled Duos) and a half gallon of vanilla frozen yogurt to make a frozen loaf cake. Well, that’s how it started out anyway. Then he changed his mind again and decided he wanted it on a cone. So no pics of a sliced loaf this time. I have the feeling though that this is something we will be doing often anyway so I’m sure that will happen in the near future.
This isn’t so much a recipe as just a brainstorm method I had. I’ve included instructions for how I did this down below, but the possibilities are endless. As for how it turned out? Well, the sum equal of the parts were a no brainer. I just used our favorite vanilla frozen yogurt.
The chunks of the yummy Popsicles stayed fairly well intact inside the frozen concoction and it made it really pretty and fun to eat with bursts of color and flavor that the kids loved! I can’t wait to try this with some other combinations.
It’s time for the first of my Popsicle giveaways that I’ll be doing as part of my Popsicle Mom Ambassador participation. Since we are well in the heat of the summer I’m sure you could use a little extra money and some Popsicle coupons to cool off!
Did you also know that the Popsicle Facebook page is packed with fun craft and printable ideas? And that you can check to see when the Popsicle Pop-up Tour may be in your area? You can also get tips from Lifestyle Expert, Brooke Peterson, who has lots of fun ideas on there for you! To enter the giveaway all you need to do is enter through the widget below.
Popsicle Vanilla Frozen Yogurt
Recipe note – have you ever had a snow cone with ice cream inside. This is like that, only easier, better and at home, and in reverse. Side note – these would be awesome for a patriotic celebration too.
- 6-8 Popsicles – shown here with Duos in Watermelon and Cotton Candy flavors
- 1 Half Gallon container Vanilla Frozen Yogurt, slightly softened
- Line a loaf pan with plastic wrap, leaving at least 4 inches of overhang on all sides. Set aside in the freezer while doing the next steps.
- Place frozen Popsicles on a cutting board allow then to thaw very slightly, just enough to easily cut or slide them from the sticks.
- Chop the Popsicles into large chunks and place them in a freezer safe bowl to refreeze.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment scoop out the entire container of frozen yogurt. Beat the frozen yogurt, starting on low speed, just enough to make the frozen yogurt the texture of thick, soft serve.
- Use a rubber spatula to gently fold the Popsicle pieces into the frozen yogurt.
- Immediately scoop the entire mixture out into the frozen, lined loaf pan and use the rubber spatula to smooth the mixture evenly into the pan.
- Fold the overhanging pieces of plastic wrap up and over the frozen yogurt to cover it completely in the pan.
- Place the pan in the freezer and allow to harden for at least an hour (for scooping into cones) and overnight if you want to slice it.
DISCLOSURE: I was invited to be a Popsicle® Mom Ambassador and look forward to sharing ideas for summer fun, crafts and cool treats with you. I am being compensated for my participation but as always my opinions and experiences are 100% my own. Thank you for coming along for the ride! You can read more about my Ambassadorship on my previous post here.