Strawberry Lychee Yogurt Popsicles

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I will not wax poetic about the heat wave that struck Seattle. I will just say that it is hot enough to seriously consider freezing my underwear. Actually, I think I’ll just clear a space in my freezer for all of my laundry. All that will inhabit my freezer for the next few days will be clothing and popsicles! Unfortunately I don’t have a popsicle mold…someone help!

Amidst the heat, there is a slight chilliness to Seattle. In the 8 or so years I’ve lived here, I’ve never really felt a sense of community. I’ve moved around a few times, maybe that’s to blame for never having established deeper relationships with my neighbors but recently I’ve become part of a Facebook group based in my neighborhood where community members can either give away items they no longer use or ask group members for items either to borrow or to have. In my desperation, I asked to see if anyone had an extra popsicle mold lying around and to my astonishment several generous people responded. Almost immediately, a woman named Olivia offered hers up. I have never met Olivia but the moment she responded to my call I felt incredibly grateful for her. So, without further ado, Olivia, for your generous offer and quick response, I offer up these delectable frozen treats!

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Strawberry Lychee Yogurt Popsicles (makes 8)

1 1/2 c plain yogurt*

4 medium strawberries, sliced thin

1 tbs sugar*

1/2 tsp Lychee Flavoring*

*I used Trader Joe’s French Village Cream Line Yogurt, the “cream line” mentioned in the title is an actual layer of cream and it contributed greatly to the smooth, silky texture of the popsicle. You are definitely more than welcome to use a sugar substitute, I considered using honey or agave but was out of both at the time.  Lastly, feel free to use real lychees in this recipe if you can’t find lychee flavouring. The extract I have is “Butterfly” brand and it was $0.99 at my local Asian market. If you find it, it’s well worth it!

Prep:

Mix all of the ingredients together, pour into popsicle molds, freeze for at least 4 hours. Run the molds under warm water for approximately 30 seconds so as to make popsicle extraction a little easier. Enjoy!

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