A mouth-watering combo of chocolate, fresh cherries, and vanilla will make these Black Forest Popsicles a smash hit at your next get together!
To me, cherries are a special occasion food. They require work in order to be eaten. Once you bite into it’s juicy flesh, your tongue must skillfully separate out the pit before devouring the rest.
Of course then the pit has to go somewhere, so a pit vessel is needed for those pesky centers.
Wow, this is sounding super eloquent. In reality, eating cherries are lip-stainingly messy and totally delicious. I ruvs them.
Today I’m taking fresh cherries and putting them into popsicles. Black Forest Popsicles.
BTW, isn’t ‘black forest’ just the most beautiful name ever? It just rolls off the tongue in this way that “chocolate, cherry, & vanilla” just can’t.
Plus, they’re made with greek yogurt, which means healthy. Or, ehm, healthier.
Happy Thursday, people. The week is almost over! Woohoo!
For the popsicles
- 3/4 cups whole milk
- 1/4 cup cream (either light or heavy works)
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- 1 1/2 cups greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup dutch-process cocoa
- 1/2 cup fresh cherries, halved and pitted
For the chocolate drizzle
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate, chopped
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil (shortening also works, I just don’t like it)
- In a small saucepan over low heat, heat the milk, cream, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt until the sugar melts completely, about 2 minutes. Be careful not to let the mixture boil. Allow to chill in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.
- Once chilled, whisk in greek yogurt until smooth.
- Pour out 1 cup of the vanilla mixture into a separate bowl. Whisk dutch-process cocoa into this separated cup, making a chocolate mixture.
- Alternate pouring in the vanilla mixture, chocolate mixture, and cherries. What I did which worked well was to fill the popsicle molds 1/4 of the way up with vanilla, then roughly a tablespoon of chocolate, then 2-3 cherry halves, then repeat.
- Swirl the mixture *slightly* with popsicle sticks as you place them into your mold. Don’t swirl too much, or your mixture will become cloudy.
- Freeze for at least 8 hours, preferably overnight.
- To make the chocolate drizzle, combine the dark chocolate and coconut oil over a double boiler. Whisk until melted, then drizzle over popsicles!