First up, before I get to how easy, healthy, and utterly delicious these little morsels of yoghurty- berry goodness are…. I’m clearly having titling issues here. This post is causing me existential angst.
See, I have this quandry. Half my readership is U.S. based, half is Australian. So do I call these summery treats “ice-blocks” as per my title, as any normal Aussie would do? Or do I avoid completely confusing my American pals and go with Popsicles? Alternately, should I take the wishy-washy middle ground and sneakily use both in an attempt to make everyone happy? It’s not even summer in Australia. Actually, it’s winter. So why am I even writing about
popsicles iceblocks ice pops these yummy summery treats at all? As a blogger, how can I be in tune with seasonal trends when I’m living in opposite-land to a high proportion of my readers?
The whole thing raises philosophical questions. Don’t I know that I cannot hope to please everyone in this life, and I probably shouldn’t even try? Does anyone other than me even care what I call these…. yummy things on a stick? In fact, would anyone even have noticed my crafty cross-titling, had I not called it to the centre of your attention? Don’t most people just look at the pictures and ignore the titles anyway? Am I just too neurotic for my own good? In short, should I just shove a
popsicle ice-block in my mouth and quit rambling about nothing?
I want answers to those questions. Yes, I do. Opportunity to weigh in below.
Meanwhile, forgetting all about my existential
ice-block popsicle crisis, can I just mention how delicious these babies are?
They are delicious. Sweet summery goodness on a stick.
In fact, even if it’s winter where you (or I) live, they will make you feel like it’s summer.
That is the magic of these trans-seasonal
popsicles ice-blocks frozen yoghurt thingies.
They’ll make you feel like sticking your toes into the warm sand and laying back with a floppy hat and a drink with one of those little paper umbrella things perched on the rim. That’s how summery they are, my friends. Oh, yes. And they’re healthy, too! They will actually make you lose weight just by eating them.*
*You think I’m lying to you. I’m not. If you only ate one of these per week, and nothing else, you would lose weight. Guaranteed! Let’s call it the South Beach
ice-block popsicle diet. Okay, so don’t do that. But seriously, these are pretty healthy! You could even substitute the small quantity of sugar with honey or agave syrup if desired.
Time for the recipe already? Here goes. Thermomix mums, there’s a conversion for you at the end.
GREEK YOGHURT AND BERRY SWIRL ICE-BLOCKS
2 cups plain Greek yoghurt
1/2 cup honey, or more to taste
1 cup frozen mixed berries
1/4 cup water
1-2 tablespoons sugar, to taste
1. Whisk together yoghurt and honey.
2. Add berries, water and sugar to blender and blend until smooth.
3. Add a dollop of yoghurt to each popsicle mould, then a spoonful of berry sauce, and repeat layers until full. Use a skewer to lightly swirl the layers together.
4. Add lids or a popsicle stick, and freeze 4 hours or until firm.
Note: Use full-fat yoghurt for a creamy texture. Low-fat yoghurt will result in icy popsicles.
500g Greek yoghurt
200g frozen mixed berries
1 tbs sugar
1. Combine yoghurt and honey and set aside.
2. To thermomix bowl, add berries, water and sugar. Blend 7 sec speed 7.
3. Layer yoghurt and berry sauce in ice-block moulds and freeze 4 hours or until firm.
Enjoy your delicious frozen yoghurt treats!
Now don’t get distracted people, I’m having a crisis here. I need advice. As a U.S. reader, do my Australian spellings and phrasings turn you off, or do you find them quaint and adorable? If you don’t recognise the name or brand I’ve mentioned, but you like the picture/ post, would you keep reading? Aussies and Americans alike – how important are seasonal observances to you? Do you care if I post summer stuff in winter, or vice-versa?
Let’s meet each other in the comments. I want to know who’s here. How many Americans? How many Australians?