Strawberry and Yogurt Popsicles and Ice Cream

Paletas de yogurt y fresas

Coming from a coastal town in an area defined as “Tropical Desert Forest” my first visit to Constanza in my early teens  came as a real shock.

Geographically and climate-wise you would have a hard time finding two places so different and still located on the same small island. To my 13 (or 12?, can’t remember) year-old self the “newness” of it all was as vivid as any experience I’ve had since of visiting other countries far removed from my own. Constanza is truly a marvel of geographical oddities.

Strawberry and yogurt popsicles and ice cream

Located in one of the highest valleys of the Central Mountain Range, Constanza is one of the coldest points in the Caribbean (the coldest spots are the mountains surrounding it) and the coldest city in the Caribbean. Go for a visit in the depths of winter and your senses will fool you into thinking you are in a faraway place: Pine trees, cold winds, morning frost and crisp, thin air. And seasons! In the Caribbean!

Strawberry and yogurt popsicles and ice cream

Let’s borrow a paragraph from Wiki:

Constanza is located at a height of 1220 meters (4000 ft) in the middle of the Cordillera Central (Central Range). Average temperatures during the year range between 41 °F (5 °C) and 68 °F (20 °C). The valley is 8 km long and 4 km wide.

Now, if you are, say, a Minnesotan, or a Norwegian, you won’t be impressed with these “winters”, but remember, we are smack in the middle of the Caribbean sea, where most people do not expect near-freezing temperatures. At least not outside of a beer freezer.

Strawberry and yogurt popsicles and ice cream

Due to this climate, and a very fertile soil, Constanza is one of the country’s breadbaskets. More importantly, it supplies the country with crops that are not normally grown in the tropics, but survive perfectly well there. From Constanza we get berries, potatoes, apples, peaches and many varieties of flowers, which greatly reduces the need for importation.

Strawberry and yogurt popsicles and ice cream

The strawberry season is upon us. Time to make the most of it, and with my never-ending search for healthier alternatives to mass-produced foods, especially when it comes to feeding my child, I’ve concocted these I-Can’t-Believe-They-Didn’t-Come-from-the-Store-Popsicles. Healthy, organic, natural yogurt, local strawberries and my newest favorite product: Shuga!

Strawberry and yogurt popsicles and ice cream

Well, the brand is Hey Shuga!, which sounds fun and rolls off the tongue, and it’s also an awesome USDA certified organic product. This sugar cane syrup packs the flavor of the sugar cane without all the chemicals that it is subjected to to obtain refined sugars. Want to know what’s in the list of ingredients? Sugar cane and water: Pure sweetness.

Strawberry and yogurt popsicles and ice cream

Hey Shuga! is the brain child of a group of young people (including two Dominicans) who decided that it didn’t need to be “fake” to be sweet. I’ve just become a convert, and trust me, I pick the products I work with with the idea that if it’s good enough for my family then I can recommend them to my readers.

And did I tell you I love the name? It has become my newest nickname for my daughter. “Hey Shuga!” beats the previous one (Fluffles).

Cooling, healthy and a sure hit with grownups and children alike, these Strawberry and Yogurt Popsicles and Ice Cream beat anything you can get from a store.

Aunt Clara
Strawberry and yogurt popsicles and ice cream
 
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Serves: 6 portions (depending on the mold)
Ingredients
  • 2 doz. strawberries, washed
  • ½ cup of Hey Shuga!
  • 1 pint of natural, unsweetened Greek yogurt
  • 1 vanilla pod or 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Remove the stems from the strawberries. Cut the strawberries into quarters.
  2. Place in a deep-bottom pot. Using a potato masher crush the strawberries.
  3. Add Hey Shuga! and vanilla extract of vanilla seeds.
  4. Cook over very low heat until it has the consistency of jam. Stir frequently to avoid burning.
  5. Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature. Chill.
  6. Mix the strawberry jam with the yogurt.
If you are making ice cream.
  1. Place in your ice cream maker and follow manufacturer's instruction.
If you are going to make popsicles
  1. Pour into molds with a spoon, shake a bit for the bubbles to rise and the mixture to settle. Freeze hard.
Notes
If you like, reserve a quarter of a cup of strawberry jam and use it to garnish your ice cream scoops.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 popsicles or two scoops.

 
This post was sponsored by Hey Shuga!. I was provided with products and compensation to create this recipe, but the opinions are 100% mine
 

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{ 23 comments… add one }

  • dariestella April 26, 2014, 10:04 PM

    loved it!!!! will definitely try!!

  • Y.O.L.O October 10, 2012, 4:22 PM

    Looks good

  • delicieux June 13, 2012, 2:32 AM

    Oh wow, your popsicles look so good! I only wish it was summer here so I could enjoy one!
    My recent post Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Cupcakes

  • Mari June 9, 2012, 7:30 PM

    Clara, these look delicious. I gotta try that organic Shuga :) Have a great weekend.
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  • Jhazmine Ver June 4, 2012, 9:09 AM

    This is so amazing and awesome! i would like to try this one and share it to my kids! I found this site so interesting…Try also glancing at my favorite site GOURMANDIA! They have lots of exciting and intersting recipes for you to choose from! Great dessert recipe you have, keep it up!

  • Katia May 19, 2012, 7:01 AM

    I love love love this recipe…it as so easy to make and taste sooo good. I couldn't find the "Hey Shuga" but I made it with raw blue agave. Thanks for sharing your recipes with us. I LOVE THIS WEBSITE!!!

    • Aunt Clara May 19, 2012, 9:02 AM

      You can buy Hey Shuga from their website (linked above), and thanks for the love, we love our readers too.

  • Maria May 14, 2012, 11:32 AM

    Hello Tia Clara! Donde podemos conseguir Hey shuga! en Santo Domingo? Me encanta tu blog, las fotos son hermosas! Keep up the good work!

  • Gourmet Popsicles Mi May 12, 2012, 7:59 PM

    Wow, these look wonderful!

  • LP @dishclips May 9, 2012, 9:00 PM

    This looks cool and dreamy.

  • C May 9, 2012, 2:16 PM

    Think I could try this with regular sweet yogurt and skip the hey shuga? I know it won't be as healthy but I don't know if I can get that here…

  • Laurence May 8, 2012, 7:21 PM

    They look so yummy ! I'd like to try it verry soon with lime or blueberries ^^

  • Mayra May 8, 2012, 7:45 AM

    I wanna try that! They look so yummy.

  • Ameer Muhammad May 8, 2012, 6:41 AM
  • Yussy May 8, 2012, 6:18 AM

    Wow auntie this ice-cream looks so decadent and delicious it's hard to believe it's healthy!!!! Awesome recipe!!! Can't wait to make it!!! Thanks :)

  • Mari May 8, 2012, 5:32 AM

    I will love to live in Constanza, it is a beautiful place, there is so much cultivation there, it's inspiring! Thanks for showing us your new favorite product, I am now curious to taste it.

  • Helz Nguyen May 8, 2012, 3:34 AM

    Wow these looks so good! Im surely going to make this :) Thanks for the recipe!

  • Tita May 7, 2012, 7:11 PM

    Fluffles? :)

    I loved this post, and the pictures are beautiful.

  • Yadsia @ShopCookMake May 7, 2012, 6:30 PM

    I absolutely love this post! No sabia que habia un lugar tan frio en el caribe. En Puerto Rico no hay nada parecido, jaja. Tendre que hacer mi primer batch de popsicles siguiendo esta receta. Gracias por postearla ;)

  • MommaMary May 7, 2012, 2:48 PM

    Those look so good!!! I would like to try this with fresh peaches.

  • Evelyn May 7, 2012, 10:20 AM

    Que rico!!!!, se me derritio la boca!!! I love Hey Shuga, great idea.

  • Swati May 7, 2012, 6:44 AM

    wow.. !! so simple. i am waiting for the strawberries to hit the market here.. and this is a must do. thanks :)

    Love the idea of Hey Shuga :) And your photos are marvellous..