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During the busy summer months, it helps to have a little stash of snacks, like frozen yogurt pops, to grab-and-go on the way to the next event. (Cristen Clark/Special to Agweek)

Cool off with Raspberry Honey Frozen Yogurt Pops

Summer has rolled in, gale-force-style in Iowa. More often than not, it seems we skip the true season of spring. Now that it's July, those 90-feeling-like-100 degree days are commonplace, especially if we have activities that require us to be outdoors for lengths of time. This makes for hot kids, hot livestock and one hot mama.

Summer has come in like a lion for our family. I'm talking insanity. Between sports camps and clinics, keeping livestock comfortable in the heat, and a little extra work on the farm here and there, I truly couldn't tell you if I'm coming or going most days.

I'll never complain about summer because it tends to be the time when we see lots of friends and family. There are softball games, pig shows and many other to-do's. We just enjoyed World Pork Expo which always invites the blazing heat when friends from all over the world come to Iowa to seek out new and innovative products that will help them raise healthier pigs more efficiently. There's also quite a pig show on the grounds, too, in which exhibitors from around the country come and showcase their best animals in pursuit of banners and new friendships with like-minded people.

When temperatures climb in the summer, I'm always on a quest to discover new treats to make with the kids. I gravitate towards simple recipes that the kids can whip up themselves. Our local dairy processor, AE Dairy introduced AE Whole Milk Yogurt in several flavors that Iowans are going nuts for. My kids have been dying to try out some popsicle molds that we borrowed from a friend, so we mixed up the best fro-yo popsicle I've ever had. The richness of the whole milk yogurt carries over to a popsicle that is creamy, rather than icy. We added a little bit of vanilla bean paste to make the pops look even fancier.

Chill out with one of these delicious frozen yogurt pops, add any mix-ins you'd like to as well. I think crushed up cookies, pineapple and toasted coconut, and various candies could add a lot of fun into these scrumptious refreshing pops. If you don't have popsicle molds, take a small snack-sized zip top baggie, spoon the mixture into the bottom of it gently, press air out and seal. Freeze accordingly and enjoy! When it's time to indulge, I prefer to mash mine up a bit between my hands then scoop it out with a spoon, but you can clip the top of the baggie off and push it up like a push pop too if you'd like. This makes for an awesome between-game treat for hot summer days.

* I'm pretty sure they sell special baggies for push pops like this, but I'm not that hip.

Raspberry Honey Frozen Yogurt Pops

Makes 4 popsicles


2 — 5.3 oz. containers AE Sweet Cream Whole Milk Yogurt

2 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract

12 fresh raspberries

In a small bowl, combine yogurt, honey and vanilla. Stir well.

To 4 popsicle molds, alternate adding a scoop of the yogurt mixture, then a fresh raspberry. Repeat until each mold is filled. Place popsicle sticks in mold. Freeze a few hours, until firm. When ready to un-mold, run warm water over mold and wiggle each popsicle out. Serve immediately.