Yogourt pops? Do you know how to make them?
I wanted to try making yogourt pops for my 2 year old....is it as easy as putting yogourt in the popsicle trays or......?
I haven't done that, but I'm fairly certain you need to add a lot more sugar in order for it to taste like a commercial yogurt pop. Here's my similar experience:
I wanted to make frozen yogurt of sorts. I took plain yogurt, added plenty of strawberry puree and sugar, and froze in my ice cream machine. The result was rock hard and incredibly tart. I ended up breaking chunks off of it to use in smoothies.
That's why instinct tells me that even if you start with flavored yogurt, the end result is going to not taste very sweet.
If I were making homemade yogurt pops, I'd essentially make a thick yogurt smoothie in a blender and then pour into popsicle/ice cube trays to freeze. I'm not sure if the mixture will separate a bit during the initial phase of freezing, but you'll have to experiment. Freezing fruit yogurt alone probably won't cut it, but hey, you could try. Make sure the flavors are intense enough since freezing dulls the flavor a bit, and it's likely that you'll have to thaw a bit instead of eating straight from the freezer.
If you are aiming for that soft creamy texture of yogurt pops, you'll really never achieve that at home w/o stabilizers. If your goal of making homemade pops is to make a healthier version, then it's very possible, but you (and your child) will have to shift your expectations. A healthier version won't be as sweet, will be a little icy, and won't have that ultra creamy texture. The beauty of homemade is that you get to control the ingredients and customize flavors.
Now that I've become accustomed to the different flavor and texture of homemade ice cream, commercial ones (even at good ice cream parlors/gelaterias) taste gummy, overly sweet, and artificial to me.
re: Carb Lover
I have one of those plastic popsicle molds that makes 4 pops. I take one 8-oz carton of fruit yogurt (Columbo still makes 8 oz, not those cheapskate 6-ouncers), mix with 3/4 cup of fruit juice, and stir. I like using the Dole 100% juice with strawberry or raspberry yogurt. Also, lemon yogurt with Newman's Own rocks, but a child might not like it. They are plenty sweet.
How about just putting a box of those "squeeze and go" yogurt tubes in your freezer?
They are smaller, already have sealed packaging and easy & tidy for a kid to eat.