Growing up, we'd pour grape juice into plastic cups and stick a plastic fork or spoon in the center. Then began the agonizing wait till it would solidify and transform into the best summer treat. But popsicles aren't just for kids anymore, not when you can add some tequila and create a sophisticated frozen desert. I can't believe it took me 6 years of food blogging to finally pick up some popsicle molds. These were the first experiment to be put through them, and with that kind of success it will not be the last. My only rule, no biting. It's just cringe worthy to me. Anyone else have a pet peeve with popsicle biting?
Shavuos will be here soon and with it comes cheese cake galore. Combine that with the great warm weather we've been having lately and this is the obvious essential! My son thought these were awesome. Now your kids can get involved in the holiday preparations and they will be thrilled with the results! Think of frozen yogurt with a berry cheesecake flavored twist and you will understand what these are all about!
The ingredients are actually what you will need for any old cheesecake, so baking the leftovers is a great option, I know because I did just that. Also, these berries are what I had in my freezer but you can really go with any you prefer- strawberries, blackberries, mango or even banana, the options are endless. In regards to my diet, don't worry it's still going strong. Hopefully I'll get around to sharing some of those lower calorie foods I've been eating with you all very soon. I did treat myself to one of these as a weekend treat and I cannot explain to you how worth it that was. If you do want to customize this to be more of a skinny version, you can opt for a sugar substitute and low fat cream cheese.
Blueberry Cranberry Cheesecake Pops
Yields: About 13 Pops
1 (8 Oz) Container of Whipped Cream Cheese
1/3 Cup Sour Cream
1/3 Cup Confectioners Sugar
1/3 Cup Apple Juice
1/2 Cup of Frozen Mixed Cranberries and Blueberries
1 Packet of Cinnamon Graham Crackers (About 5-7 Pieces)
1 Tablespoon Butter, Already Melted
1. Start by measuring the cream cheese, sour cream and confectioners sugar out into a large mixing bowl. Use a hand mixer or stand mixer to combine these ingredients.
2. Put the frozen berries into a blender or food processor and add the apple juice. Pulse until completely smooth. If you'd like larger pieces of fruit in your pops, let the blender go for less time.
3. Pour the fruits mixture in with the cream cheese one and use the mixer to bring the two together.
4. Spoon the mixture you've created into the popsicle molds and leave about an inch at the top for the graham crackers. Smooth out the tops with the back of the spoon and put them to the side while you prepare the crumbs.
5. Use a food processor or blender to break down the graham crackers into very tiny crumbs, almost dust like in texture. Then add the melted butter and mix well until you have a soft crumble.
6. Put two tablespoons of the graham crumbs at the top of the popsicle mold to fill it the rest of the way and then pack it down very gently with a spoon so it's pretty even looking.
7. Carefully add your popsicle sticks or the plastic pieces that come along with many molds and then freeze for about 5 hours or until they have completely solidified. If you going with popsicle sticks, you may want to cover them with a plastic wrap or bag so that they don't get freezer burn.
8. Once they have solidified, run the mold under warm water until the stick feels a bit loose and gently pull the finished posicles out of their molds. If you attempt to do it when they are straight out of the freezer, the popsicle stick can often pull right out leaving you without the popsicle part.
9. All that's left to do is enjoy. Serve right away and refreeze any leftovers preferably before they melt.
Hoping you'll try this recipe! If you do, please do let me know how it goes in the comments form below or by way of any of my social media.
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