Ring Pop Addict

by Sara on June 3, 2011

You know you have a serious problem when you dodge hail pellets the size of golf balls just to get a cup of frozen yogurt.

It's called an addiction. :-)

The other day I was downtown because my tempermental phone needed a checkup at the Verizon store. After nearly two hours of troubleshooting with a technician, I'd grown tired and cranky and needed some sugar. I knew just where to go.

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Problem: A HUGE storm had rolled into town and it was raining cats and dogs. Really. The sky was shooting bullets. I was wearing a sundress and sandals. No umbrella.

I decided to wait out the storm for a bit, but after standing in the doorway of Starbucks for 20 minutes, I couldn't ignore my craving any longer. I took off in the hail (those pellets HURT!), and beelined for Pinkberry, which was about 10 blocks away.

They recently unveiled their new flavor!

Pinkberry Salted Caramel!

I was skeptical, but the guy behind the counter insisted it was tasty. He forced me to try it with chocolate. šŸ˜‰

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And he didn't stop there…next up was watermelon + original. Then coconut + lychee.

Bless his soul.

I think the Pinkberry employees were bored because the store was completely empty. Apparently nobody else is crazy enough to walk to Pinkberry in the middle of a raging hail storm.

By the time I ordered, I'd tried every flavor!

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I ended up going with Salted Caramel and Original. This was a strange combination, but strange combinations are THE JAM, no?!

As I was enjoying my treat, I starting thinking about the amount of money I've spent on frozen yogurt during my lifetime. I'm guessing thousands of dollars. In college, I'd buy a pint every day. I'm serious, guys. And I'd eat the entire thing in a couple of hours.

Fortunately I've learned to practice moderation, but I could save a lot of money if I started making my own frozen yogurt…

And that's just what I did last night!

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I found these ring pop molds at Whole Foods, and couldn't resist.

Yes, I'm five years-old.

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A few days ago I saw a Bethenny Frankel recipe in Health magazine for yogurt pops. I remember it called for Greek yogurt, sugar and not much else.

I sweetened one cup of Chobani plain yogurt with stevia and added raspberries…

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…Mashed it all together, scooped it into the molds…

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Ring pop candy (remember those?!) have NOTHING on my ring pop froyo!

I also made a few plain…
 
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Mmmmm…

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**Frozen Yogurt Ring Pops** (or bars)

1-2 cups nonfat Greek yogurt (plain or your favorite flavor)

Stevia (or any sweetener. Not necessary if you use sweetened yogurt!)

Mix-ins (Next I'm going to try banana and peanut butter!)

1. Simply mix your yogurt and scoop into molds. You can also use muffin tins lined with wax paper!

2. Freeze for 1-2 hours

Enjoy!

These make a perfect protein-rich snack on a hot day! I ate all six within an hour…

I think this means another addiction is in the works!

Did you love ring pops as a child as much as I did?

What's your favorite summer treat?

 

 

 

 

  • http://mindrunningwild.wordpress.com Hannah@mindrunningwild

    WHOA! This post is full of amazing!! first off, ring pops? I’ve got to get these for my sibs. my little sister and brother love ring pops but my mother won’t let them have’em because of all the sugar and dies. These would be perfect!
    Also, salted caramel? I wish there was a pinkberry near here…I’d totally try each flavor too. At my local froyo place, they only ever have 2 plus original. I always try all the flavors and then get both in a swirl 1/2 and 1/2 with original. It’s my sneaky way of getting more than I pay for, teehee.
    summer treats? I love fresh fruit!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0133ec9951e0970b Sara

    Yes, kids will LOVE these! In fact, the finger holes are so small, I had to squeeze them on! Haha…And asking for lots of samples is definitely the best way to get more for your money! Love it!

  • Julie

    Ahh, I love this post!!! Frozen Greek yogurt sounds amazing!! And those ring pops are too cute! I’m going to look for them at Whole Foods today! I used to love ring pops when I was little…We’d get them only once or twice a year! Watermelon was my favorite…I wonder if I could make these with fresh watermelon?

  • http://www.cinnamonbuns.com Natalie

    These are too cute! And so much healthier than regular froyo! I don’t have ring pop molds, but I think I’m going to try them in cupcake molds and insert sticks.
    My favorite summer treat is fresh berry pie! Topped with froyo, of course. šŸ˜‰

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0133ec9951e0970b Sara

    ooh fresh watermelon sounds delicious, and so refreshing! I’m sure it would work!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0133ec9951e0970b Sara

    Mmm…I love fresh strawberry pie!

  • http://fitchocoholic.wordpress.com/ Gen

    You are so cute! Can I come over and try a ring pop right now?! This is a fun way to mix up the regular Greek yogurt in a cup routine!
    Ice cream is definitely my favorite summer treat!

  • http://www.healthydivaeats.com katie

    omg those ring pops are SO cute!!!!!!! I should tell mike that he should of proposed with a yogurt yum ring pop, LOL! I think it would of saved him ALOT of money! hahaha!
    Love that you are a fro-yo addict, I already know this : ) I would of ran through the storm to go there too! Come hell or high water, I would get my fro-yo on!
    Love you! Love you! Miss you! Did I say I love you?!
    Ha!
    We must get HLS tix!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0133ec9951e0970b Sara

    Bahahaha I LOVE the ring pop proposal idea!!! Who needs diamonds when they can have froyo?!
    HLS is ON!! Can’t WAIT!!

  • http://peasandcrayons.blogspot.com Jenn L @ Peas & Crayons

    You’re brilliant! This is the most fun ever!!!!! =)

  • http://peasandcrayons.blogspot.com Jenn L @ Peas & Crayons

    You’re brilliant! This is the most fun ever!!!!! =)

  • Julie

    Omg, ring pops! Blast from the past! I love Chobani yogurt, so I’m sure I’d love these!
    Thanks for sharing, pretty lady! My fave summer treat is watermelon (which I think you said was one of yours in your last post!)

  • http://www.cottercrunch.com lindsay

    oh total genuis!! I want those. Where do I get them??

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0133ec9951e0970b Sara

    I found the molds at Whole Foods!

  • http://lifeisbetterthanfiction.blogspot.com Meg

    That is such a cute, healthy and thrifty idea!! My favorite summer treat has to be sno cones. Anything purple. šŸ˜‰
    p.s. I MISS YOUR FACE!! <3

  • http://burpandslurp.com sophia

    Hahaha this brings back memories…I used to play Captain Planet with the ring pops! Super fun. I haven’t seen them around at all though. What DO kids eat these days?

  • Sally

    I am so excited to go to Pinkberry with you…the salted caramel flavor sounds so good! Cute ring pops…very clever idea. Guess you have to eat them really fast in the heat you’ve been having. :) xoxo

  • http://www.hungrymeetshealthy.com christina

    I NEED THOSE MOLDS! i ripped out that same recipe by bethenny. i love her!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0133ec9951e0970b Sara

    I miss YOURS!! :-p

  • http://beyondbananas.wordpress.com Cait @ Beyond Bananas

    OMG. Those rings.. are amazing. That is such a creative idea to sell “frozen ring pops”. How do people come up with this things.. and why can’t it ever be me??!

  • http://fashionfitnessfoodie.wordpress.com alyssa – fashion fitness foodie

    Why are you such a genius?? Seriously, why!?!
    OK so our date should def be at pinkberry. How about Thurs?? or is it best to come to DC on a weekend??

  • http://chicmeetshealthy.blogspot.com Cara @ Chic Meets Healthy

    that’s an awesome idea! i can’t wait until i go through m parents basement because i spotted some popsicle molds too and i am dying to make my own! love it!
    ps- i bet the salted caramel was amazing and you should have added some crushed pretzels on top lol

  • http://www.anywherethereisanairport.com Kristen – Anywhere There’s An Airport

    I love this! In college TCBY and I were BFF. Every.single.day. It was a problem… and my wallet knew all about it!
    There are only a sparse few yogurt places in Madrid so the temptations isn’t nearly as bad!

  • http://www.littlemissfitnessblog.com Soo @ Little Miss Fitness

    What an amazing idea! Kids should have a ring pop stand instead of lemonade stands this summer! :)
    Loved ring pops as a child–that and candy necklaces!

  • http://www.anutritionisteats.com emily (a nutritionist eats)

    Oh my gosh I love it!! Those are awesome!

  • http://dishinaboutnutrition.com Jessica @ Dishin’ About Nutrition

    What a cute idea!! I’m definitely trying that. Luckily I have not encountered a Pinkberry yet, and I say luckily because I know I would quickly develop an addiction!

  • http://mealsandmovesblog.com janetha @ meals & moves

    OH MY GOSH THOSE MOLDS ARE THE COOLEST EVER! sorry, i am just so excited. also, salted caramel? i wish my place had that. yum. love you!

  • http://mealsandmovesblog.com janetha @ meals & moves

    OH MY GOSH THOSE MOLDS ARE THE COOLEST EVER! sorry, i am just so excited. also, salted caramel? i wish my place had that. yum. love you!

  • http://www.chillinchitown.blogspot.com Ally

    They are so cute! Thanks for visiting my blog. I used to be private and just went public again. Where do you go to grad school?

  • http://thisitalianfamily.wordpress.com Rach

    Oh girl, I have got to find me some ring pop molds! Brilliant idea!

  • http://fitgirlfoodie.wordpress.com/ Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie)

    This is so clever!! Love the idea of freezing yogurt. Great way to get in that protein šŸ˜€

  • http://www.pancakesandpostcards.com Courtney (Pancakes and Postcards)

    that is seriously adorable! must buy. :)

  • http://teenagetaste.wordpress.com/ The Teenage Taste

    Forget the Ring Pops…I am a fro-yo addict! I love Pinkberry frozen yogurt, but it gets so darn expensive sometimes. Thanks for the homemade fro-yo recipe! I can’t wait to give it a try! :]

  • http://veggie-couture.blogspot.com Gina

    Those rings pops are the cutest thing ever!! Love it!
    & Salted Caramel Pinkberry? I need to make my way over there, STAT!

  • http://foodtrainers.blogspot.com Lauren Slayton

    Love the determination to get your treat despite a storm, impressive. I would love the calculation of $ over lifetime for fro yo. And those pops, adorable. I have to see if out whole foods has them. I was worried you were eating ring pops.

  • http://redvelvetlife.com Kristen @ The Red Velvet Life

    Oh em gee this is so creative and cute!! I love it! :-) And a great money-saving solution to the froyo addition, lol!

  • Sarah

    I have never heard of mixing greek yogurt to make freeze pops, but that is a GREAT and simple idea. I might have to try that soon with the way the weather’s been! Thanks!
    -Sarah
    Fitango.com

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