In order to get the colors without using food coloring I had to experiment with a few juices. Don't get me wrong, I go through lots of food coloring, but if I don't really need it, I'd prefer not to use it. I wasn't really sure what colors the juices would be, so I bought a few and hoped that they would work. Here's how they looked side by side:
I bought orange carrot juice, pure mango juice, and pineapple juice. You don't have to use exactly what I'm showing here, but if you want your orange colored section to actually be orange, it's best to have something with a little bit of carrot juice in it.
The ingredients are simple - vanilla yogurt (and yes, one little container was plenty), orange carrot juice, and mango juice. I chose the mango juice over the pineapple juice because it had a brighter color. It also turns out that frozen mango juice is delicious!
I picked up these little popsicle holders from IKEA this summer for $2. They are fantastic, and almost the exact shape of candy corn, which was an added bonus.
Since I had to pour the yogurt into the popsicle containers, I wanted it a little bit runnier. I watered it down with 2 or 3 Tablespoons of milk until it poured easily.
Hold it up to the light to see how full it is.
I let those set in the freezer for 1 hour and then added the orange carrot juice.
Again, it was easiest to see how full they should be when I held it up to the light. You can see the fun contrast of the colors through the plastic here already!
Then I let the juice set in the freezer for an hour and 20 minutes. I'm not going to lie, I had to make these twice because the first time I only let it set for an hour and my top two colors blended together. You need to wait until the middle layer is semi-solid, which is tricky. It has to be solid enough to not mix, but not so solid that you can't get the stick in.
Once I added the mango juice on top, I pushed the stick through and let them freeze over night. Since it took two tries to get these right, I was super happy when this batch turned out well!
It turns out that frozen vanilla yogurt tastes amazing. Even if you don't have the energy to make popsicles with layers, I highly recommend making them out of vanilla yogurt, milk and mango juice mixed together. Delicious!
Recipe: Candy Corn Popsicles
- 1 small container of vanilla yogurt
- 2 - 3 Tablespoons of milk
- 1/2 cup of orange carrot juice
- 1/2 cup of mango juice
- Mix together the vanilla yogurt and milk until it is runny enough to pour into the popsicle molds.
- Fill about 1/3 of the mold with the yogurt mixture.
- Let set in the freezer for 1 hour.
- Pull out of the freezer and pour in the orange carrot juice until the mold is 2/3 full.
- Let set in the freezer for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
- Pull out of the freezer and fill the rest of the mold with mango juice.
- Push the stick into the mold.
- Freeze the popsicles overnight and enjoy!
Number of servings: 6
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