I love frozen treats! Fudge pops are one of my favorites. This recipe for Greek Yogurt Fudge Pops evolved from several ideas I saw online, combined with a neat trick for melting chocolate that I learned from a recipe for flourless chocolate cake. The pops are rich, smooth and very refreshing. The yogurt base, organic chocolate and sweet berries make it a healthy snack as well as a tasty one!
I wanted to use really rich, yummy chocolate from an organic, fair-trade dark chocolate bar, but it can be a real pain to melt chocolate. Try it in the microwave and you’re risking a pitted, burnt mess…but who really wants to haul out the double boiler and do it the right way (slooooowly, over very low heat, and with constant obsessive vigilance?) Instead, pulse the chocolate in a food processor with a little organic evaporated cane juice until the mixture is grainy, with no chunks bigger than a grain of rice. Then, pour some very hot milk into the mixture as you run the food processor….magic! The chocolate melts evenly and smoothly in seconds flat, with no chance of burning or scorching. It’s fun to watch! Once your chocolate is melted, just add the Greek yogurt (we used homemade) and the berries and process until the mixture is very smooth.
Another time (and mess) saver I discovered is using a turkey baster to fill the popsicle mold. It was so fast and easy, and the entire process was much cleaner than trying to pour it in by hand! My girls enjoyed helping fill the mold, and it only took about 15 minutes from getting the ingredients together to popping the treats in the freezer. The couple of hours it took for them to freeze were a little torturous, but it was worth the wait! Rich, creamy fudge pops made from all-natural, organic ingredients. I love it that I can really feel good about passing these out for snacks or dessert!
- 4 ounces organic, fair trade dark chocolate (find some here)
- ¼ cup organic milk
- ¼ cup organic evaporated cane juice (optional...use more or less depending on how dark your chocolate is and how sweet you want your pops)
- 2 cups organic Greek Yogurt (here's how to make it yourself!)
- 1 cup organic berries (optional)
- Chop the chocolate into small pieces. Pulse in a food processor with the sugar until the mixture is grainy, with no large chunks of chocolate.
- Heat the milk until it's very hot but not scalded. With the food processor running, slowly pour the hot milk into the chocolate and sugar mixture and process until the chocolate is smooth and melted.
- Continue to run the food processor as you add the yogurt, a little at a time. Stop and scrape down the sides if you need to.
- Add the berries and blend until the mixture is smooth.
- Fill a popsicle mold with the chocolate mixture. A turkey baster works very well for this job!
- Freeze for 3-4 hours, or until the fudge pops are solid.
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What’s your favorite frozen treat?
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