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Cute Cherry Pops (& Cute White Dog Diaries)

Cute Cherry Pops (& Cute White Dog Diaries)

Gluten Free Cherry Yogurt Ice Pops

I think I have post-partum dog depression. Except I didn’t give birth to the dog. And I adopted her. Over a year ago.

Okay, like a year and 5 months ago.

They would have given her the needle at the shelter in the South where she found herself. That’s what I hear they do (apologies respec’ to readers in the South). And, also, I hear her mom was a real bitch.

Still, we saved her.

But she is so mean, yet good things come to her regardless. Everywhere she goes. She’s not sweet. But she looks sweet. My oldest says that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But if we didn’t judge mean, mean, mean Gracie by her cover, we’d give her the needle for sure.

She confuses us with her cover. It’s like a Jedi Mind Trick. Here. I’ll show you. Can you tell which one she is? Remember, she just looks sweet.

Gluten Free Cherry Yogurt Ice Pops

She’s the sweet-looking one on the right.

Did you get it wrong? Don’t feel bad. She’s a svengali. She robs people of all reason and good sense.

She has been barking and growling like a crazy person lately. Worse than usual. And she has a brother dog, too. Oh, Brother. He’s way nicer than she is (unless you’re the UPS man, ‘scuse me), but she gets him all riled up.

We got a dog trainer. He fell under her spell. She skillfully refrained from growling and barking around him. She used her super powers.

Just look at her!

And she’s so soft. Smooth as silk fur. She doesn’t even shed! Her little feet make her look like a ballerina. She’ll fetch for an hour and a half, straight through, throwing the ball to you with her little nose. She’s so much fun, and so freaking adorable. And she’ll, like, totally sit in your lap for an hour, loving you. She can make you feel like you’re the best and only person in the whole world.

Then the dog trainer came back. And she let her freak flag fly.

The jig was up.

The dog trainer recommended a super expensive deluxe barking collar. It makes a freakishly high pitched drives-her-crazy sound, and vibrates. She wore it for a week before I had the nerve to turn it on. Because of the cuteness. Not because of the inside of the book. Just because of the cover.

When I found myself fantasizing that she might bolt out into traffic (on our dead end street), I knew it was time.

I fired that baby up.

And although I’m not proud of it, I enjoyed her first “correction.”

She’s now hiding under a bench. Sleeping off the shock of it all.

She looks like an angel (see photo above).

Who’s the svengali now? (For those of you watching at home, it’s me. I’m the svengali)

In case you got confused above by the proximity of a cute white fluffy dog to a cute pinkish pop, the picture up at the top of the screen, and the picture on the left (next to the cute fluffy white dog) are Frozen Cherry Pops. The picture up top is the penthouse apartment kind. Made with $2 popsicle molds. The picture below? The bargain basement kind. Made with a the waxy Dixie cups I love so well and a bamboo skewer. For when you run out of deluxe $2 popsicle molds.

Cute Cherry Pops (& Cute White Dog Diaries)
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Nicole @ Gluten-Free on a Shoestring.com
Prep time: 2 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 12 mins
Serves: 6 to 7
Frozen cherry yogurt popsicles
  • 2 cups pitted sweet cherries
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons sugar (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons honey (optional)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (or equal amount soft tofu or soy yogurt)
  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, cook the cherries, optional sugar, optional honey, lemon and salt, stirring frequently, until the cherries have begun to break down (or macerate if you’re fancy), and the sauce has thickened and reduced by about one-quarter (about 10 minutes). Allow to cool. This is a good place to stop and refrigerate the cherry mixture if you’re thinking about doing this in stages.
  2. In a blender, place the yogurt (or tofu) and then the cherry mixture (once cooled), and pulse until just blended. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds (or mini Dixie cups, or any other sort of cups), and freeze. After an hour, place some sort of popsicle stick in the center of the mold or cup, and return to the freezer. Freeze for at least another 2 hours until completely firm.
  3. To free the pops from their molds, run the outside of the mold under warm water briefly and either peel back the Dixie cup or carefully wiggle the stick to remove the pop from the mold. How awkward was that description? I’m trusting that you can read my crazy mind. I trust you.

These can be made with any berry-cherry mixture. But if you use something with a higher water content, like strawberries, you’ll want to use more fruit and reduce the liquid further or your pop will taste watered down.
The soft tofu thing works a treat, but the sugar and honey become compulsory. Otherwise, ew.
Greek yogurt is not actually Greek. It’s just strained plain yogurt. I didn’t have any, so I strained my plain yogurt until it looked Greek. Or greek. That took about 2 hours in the refrigerator, mostly without my intervention.


Love you. Mean it.
xoxo Nicole


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  • Linda Wilson
    August 30, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    Shock collars would be my last resort, and I have 2 rescue dogs, I haven’t seen many professionals worth much that recomended them. If I did try one it would be on the lowest setting…. sure wouldn’t want to make them do flips?
    My daughter lives in a condo and has 2 yorkies that started barking when neighbors were coming and going..after several complaints she got a contracption that emmited a high pitched sound only they can hear. They are no longer barkers….no pain, fear, trembling or torment only trained not to bark. Please reconsider.

    • Nicole
      August 30, 2011 at 10:48 PM

      Hi, Linda,
      Don’t worry. The correction is a vibration and a high-pitched tone in audible to humans. There’s no electric shock. And she’s doing really well with the collar now, and rarely barks. She still growls, but barking just isn’t worth it to her any longer.
      xoxo Nicole

  • Tara
    August 30, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    The pops look great! I have a not-so-bright question. Did you add any liquid in with the cherries when cooking them?

    • Nicole
      August 30, 2011 at 10:46 PM

      Hi, Tara,
      Sounds like a pretty bright question to me. :) The cherries themselves have so much liquid in them (which is brought out even further by the lemon juice and the bit of salt), that you don’t need to add any extra liquid to cook them down.
      I hope that helps!
      xoxo Nicole

  • August 5, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Come to think of it, I’ve known some people who were like Gracie. I had a friend in school who had a wonderful voice. It was rich, mellow, and hypnotic. In hindsight, I put up with a lot in that friendship (such as it was) based on the voice. The personality behind the voice had a cool, vindictive streak… but not as cool as those cherry pops look. How did you know I had a surfeit of cherries in my fridge, plus no cherry pitter?
    xo, Farida

    • Nicole
      August 5, 2011 at 8:53 PM

      Hi, Farida,
      Oh, I have definitely known more than a few Gracies in my life. I bet we all have. It’s so funny, but until you made the analogy to your devil of a friend with the angelic voice, I had never thought to put Gracie in the context of high school. She’s a Mean Girl!
      I knew you had too many cherries. The other day, when you went out to pick up your daughter, I did a quick inventory. :) A cherry pitter is a worthwhile investment. I have done the job both with and without, and I pick with the pitter. Hands down. But the lack of a pitter wouldn’t stop me from putting those cherries to good use, and something tells me that it won’t stop you, either.
      xoxo Nicole

  • Darlene
    August 4, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    I dunno, Nicole.. that dog looks like she’s giving me the stink eye.

    • Nicole
      August 4, 2011 at 3:51 PM

      Darlene, that’s because she IS giving you the stink eye. I can tell about you. You’re fairly intuitive, aren’t you.
      xoxo Nicole

    • Darlene
      August 5, 2011 at 3:24 AM

      Well, Niclole, many people do call me “psychic”… or is that “psycho”? Bummer, I always get those two confused.

    • Nicole
      August 5, 2011 at 7:10 AM

      Hi, Darlene,
      Not for nothing, but I find the divide between “psychic” and “psycho” to be a distinction without a difference, you know? ;)
      xoxo Nicole

  • Kadren
    August 3, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Question for you, think these would work with homemade pudding? My girls can’t have just one type of yogurt, but I can make them pudding from flax milk. That way I would only have to make one batch and they could all eat it. :) I’ve been on vacation so I have to play catch-up on the blog! thank you!

    • Nicole
      August 3, 2011 at 7:04 PM

      Hi, Kadren,
      You’re so incredibly resourceful. What lucky girls you have. And I totally applaud you for seeking to make one thing that everyone can eat. You’re a girl after my own heart!
      Yes, without a doubt, you could use homemade pudding in place of yogurt or tofu. If you are making the pudding especially for this recipe, then make it on the looser side. Think of the consistency of sour cream.
      xoxo Nicole

    • Kadren
      August 4, 2011 at 8:12 PM

      Awesome! This is really funny. Was browsing on Living Without when I came across this GF pull apart dinner roll. Thinking, wow, this looks GREAT! I made it into 2 smaller loaves and my kids INHALED it. Like it was gone in less than two days. (Luc and I scarfed a piece or two, shhhhh! Don’t tell!) So I go back there today to get the recipe (because I haven’t taken the time to print any off yet) And low and behold! Guess who the creator of said AMAZING bread is?!?!?! Anybody? The one and only, YOU! Well, duh, no wonder it was so amazing and delicious! I felt so silly. :) And by the way, all these dog posts are hysterical! I love the electric shock therapy! :) (Does that make me a sadist?) LOL


    • Nicole
      August 4, 2011 at 8:29 PM

      Hi, Kadren,
      It looks like you and I have a little mutual admiration society going on here. :) By the way, I’m blushing. through the Internet. but, still, I’m quite literally ::blushing:: Thank you for the kind words. I’m so glad you had such success with the pull-apart rolls – and as loaves of bread. Don’t feel silly at all. You kind of need glasses to read the tiny print that says that I wrote the article/recipes. :)
      I don’t think it makes you a sadist, enjoying the fluffy white dog’s shock therapy. It makes you a believer in justice. ;)
      xoxo Nicole

    • Kadren
      August 5, 2011 at 3:06 PM


  • August 3, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    my mom adopted this dog that belonged to a homeless woman. once this woman got housing she had to give him up. Mac is adorable but does not stop barking, which gets the other 2 dogs to bark. walks outside- bark, lays down- bark, hears a noise a block away- bark. plus he is the $200 that has cost $2,000. It was discovered that he coughs/sneezes is because he has a heart problem so when he sleeps his lungs get fluid in them so he spends the morning trying to hack it up. Plus has skin problems and has had needed a lot of dental work. thankfully he is so damn cute.

    love the pops!

    • Nicole
      August 3, 2011 at 3:35 PM

      Hi, Nicole (Nicoles everywhere here today),
      With each passing story like your mom’s with Mac, I am feeling more and more grateful for my fluffy white dog and her barking and general crabbiness. Skin problems! Heart problems! It almost sounds like he has cystic fibrosis, the poor little guy. Imagine if he still called the homeless woman “mom”! He’d be up a creek. Think of it this way: your mom has secured herself a place in heaven. And me with my cherry pops and my general dog crabbiness. Oh, the humanity!
      xoxo Nicole

    • Anonymous
      August 3, 2011 at 10:12 PM

      so glad my mom got him but man he killed my chance to sleep in this past weekend when i was visiting. bark bark bark.

      He is a Pomeranian so with the heart problem and heat the vet thought it would be best if he was shaved so it kept him cooler. less panting= less energy so his heart can rest. he now looks like a lion. It’s pretty hilarious.

    • Nicole
      August 4, 2011 at 10:07 AM

      Oh, no. Poor you! Poor Mac!
      I can just imagine what he must look like now! A Pomeranian with a lion cut. Sounds menacing. :)
      xoxo Nicole

  • Linda Stoddard
    August 3, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Mean or not, how could anyone not fall in love with that dog? Maybe she had a rough beginning. The sweet side is in there. Lots of love and patience. Thank goodness she has a wonderful forever home! xoLin

    • Nicole
      August 3, 2011 at 1:36 PM

      Hi, Linda!
      Can you define “forever”?
      Meanwhile, she’s not been herself since yesterday, and is currently eliciting sympathy from each and every one of us. She’s right now cute (as ever), but also vulnerable and seemingly sweet. It’s like she got some sort of electroshock therapy, without the shock or the therapy. :)
      xoxo Nicole

    • Anonymous
      August 5, 2011 at 10:49 AM

      Hi Nicole,

      ‘Forever’ as in permanent, a concept I picked up reading blogs about animals passed from one place to the next or tossed away, or ending up in shelters for one reason or another–who need permanent or forever homes. Someone or a family or whatever–to love them and care for them permanently. My kitty Sarah was a cast-off that I found as a tiny, malnournished kitten in the bushes where someone had just dumped her. I took her in and gave her a home and love until she died yesterday at a ripe age of 15. Miss her lots.

    • Nicole
      August 5, 2011 at 10:53 AM

      Oh, don’t worry, Linda. I was making a joke. :) I’m so sorry that your cat died – yesterday! Losing a pet is really traumatic, and it’s often the sort of grief that isn’t recognized as legit, which tends to make it even more painful and tragic. I’m so sorry!
      I don’t plan to get rid of our fluffy white dog. She’s ours, for better or for worse. I have never “bought” an animal, and instead rescued two dogs and two cats in the last 12 years. And my kids know all about it. So they’ll probably grow up and do the same. Not to worry. Cross my heart.
      It’s just sometimes I tease my kids that I’m going to flush the dog down the toilet (since my little one used to have nightmares that my husband was going to do just that — since he took a little while to warm up to her when we first got her). I have to give them something to talk about in therapy. :)
      xoxo Nicole

    • Linda Stoddard
      August 5, 2011 at 3:34 PM

      Wasn’t worried in the least–I thought your question was serious. So, I answered serious….the flushing down the toilet cracks me up and I know I’ve promised to do that and more! Love them to pieces, but they can drive us nuts too! xoLinda

    • Nicole
      August 5, 2011 at 8:47 PM

      I’m glad you weren’t worried that I was going to kick my dogs to the curb. :)
      xoxo Nicole

  • Nicole
    August 3, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    I must say, I LOVE the sheer randomness of your posts. I always think there will be this clever tie in to the recipe but usually not and that’s okay…I enjoy them so much! This dog story cracks me up! I have two very sweet (inside and out) dogs myself but am dogsitting a pug this week and that dog is freaking me out! She sounds like she’s either about to die or attack me at any given moment. Can’t find her? Just listen for a moment…grr, schmuf, snort, bruff, grr…oh, there she is! The cherry pops look good btw….thanks for sharing!

    Much love from the west coast,
    The OTHER Nicole

    P.S. thoughts on NFNWS? Has Jeff won you over with his sandwiches and easy wit like he has me? The drama certainly left with Penny and it’s a little ho hum now but I’m still glad she’s gone…are you a fan of the Pioneer Woman and as excited for her show as I am?

    • Nicole
      August 3, 2011 at 10:38 AM

      Hi, Other Nicole,
      But there is a tie-in! The popsicles are cute and sweet, & can be successfully judged by their cover. The fluffy white dog is cute, but just looks sweet. See the tie-in? It’s always there, it’s just often a rather tortured metaphor. This is what it’s like to live inside my head. These things are connected.
      I’m jealous that you have two nice dogs. LOL about the pug, and “schmuf” and “bruff.” That is exactly what pugs sound like! I can’t stop saying those (brand new) words out loud, and giggling at them.
      Jeff had better win the NFNWS (it took me a second, but I cracked your code)! He’s clearly the best all-around guy. I hope they’re not just setting us up for a big upset. Mary Beth can’t win (she can’t cook), the super young one (name escaping me) can cook but she’s too flat and uninteresting, and Susie just falls flat on her face in front of the camera too often. Too bad. She’s talented, has a good story, and can cook some mean Mexican food. She has some sort of inferiority complex, though. What’s that all about?
      xoxo from the East Coast,
      This Nicole

    • Nicole
      August 4, 2011 at 10:41 AM

      You’re right, I DO see the tie in but I meant it as a compliment really. I love your humor and your (seemingly) random posts…they make me happy.

    • Nicole
      August 4, 2011 at 10:53 AM

      Oh, Other Nicole! I took it in the spirit in which you offered the comment! I’m so glad it makes you happy. A happy cook is a good cook!
      Wait ’till next week. You’ll see how I twist myself into a pretzel to connect the giveaway of GLEEN cleaning cloths to gluten-free cooking and baking. :)
      xoxo This Nicole

  • Elizabeth Elza Clarke via Facebook
    August 3, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    For my daughter’s 11th Bd. 4 years ago, I got a puppy for her. I had done months of research to get “just the right dog”. We found the cutest puppy, of the right “mix”, possible at a shelter in the next county. Well, Maizy is allergic to pretty much everything (which can cause aggression, BTW) and has to eat an expensive diet, she broke her leg as a pup and I had to refinance my house to get her surgery, the bank ripped me off and took so long she healed on her own. Her skin stinks (because she gets into the catbox and is allergic to what the cats eat), her fur yucky to pet. She barks, climbs our fence to get to the chickens, so we have a big fenced yard and have to walk her on a leash. She randomly attacks the other dogs and our cats. Oh, and she’s food defensive and will attack you if you try to take food away from her. But she’s cute. Argh.
    I think I’ll have a cherry pop now made with booze, please!

    • Nicole
      August 3, 2011 at 10:41 AM

      Oh my god Elizabeth Elza Clarke! The cat poo eating dog with a broken leg who made you mortgage your house?! You WIN. What do you win? Gimme your address. I will send you some spiked cherry pops, packed in dry ice.
      I hope your now 15 year old daughter appreciates this hot mess of a dog!
      xoxo Nicole

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