My typical summer as a kid, was getting up early, going to the "little" baseball field 2 blocks away and playing morning league baseball with every other kid in town. I would go home, play, have lunch, usually a trip or two through the sprinkler, help my mom in the garden or with canning, have lunch and then off to the swimming pool. We would swim from when the doors opened until they closed. Sometimes, my dad would give us a quarter to walk during one of the "breaks" to the Ord Drive In, to get an ice cream cone. Barefoot and carefree, with my ice cream, and living in my swimsuit. Now THAT was my idea of a great summer.
When I think of summer food, I think about burgers, sliced tomatoes, hot dogs, bologna sandwiches which thanks to a childhood full of bologna, I can no longer tolerate the sight or smell of! Mostly I remember my mom making popsicles. She had these Tupperware popsicle molds. Do you remember those? Sometimes we would use a plain ice cube tray and stick the "washed" popsicle sticks in. Yes, we did that, we would eat a store bought popsicle, which we didn't get very often actually and SAVE the sticks, they would get washed and had a place in the silverware drawer for making our own!! ACK! Sometimes we got those long frozen ones in the plastic. You know the ones, the ones that you eat and then with great determination try to suck the juice left at the bottom out of?! I loved green. I loved red too.
Well, since summer is so near, and since I have my fill of frozen kool aid popsicles, I wanted to make something fancier. Who can have to many popsicle variations? They are like cupcakes that way....NOT possible. You see variations of this recipe everywhere I am sure. But I want to share with you that BEST version, well, in my opinion anyway! You could trade this fruit choice out for anything but let me assure you, the combination of pineapple and cheesecake is one, you should NOT tamper with willingly. Ok let me reiterate, when I tell you these are AMAZING, I mean, like......the day they invented electricity, kind of amazing. Got it?
I bought these molds at Family Dollar. You can buy them nearly anywhere. Mine were 1.50 for the 4 popsicle molds. I bought 3. This recipe will make anywhere from 9-12 depending on the size of your molds and how full you fill them. Ready?
1 8oz. pkg Philadelphia cream cheese
1 can sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated)
1/2 cup crushed pineapple WITH juice. (don't drain!)
1/2 cup milk
Combine cream cheese and condensed milk until creamy. Add in milk and blend with your hand mixer until combined. Add in pineapple last so that you keep a few of the chunkier pieces.
Fill your popsicle molds not quite to the top. Put the tops on. If you are using wooden sticks, place foil over the molds and poke the sticks through the middle of each popsicle so that foil will hold them upright.
Freeze at LEAST 8 hours. Because these have cream cheese in them they won't freeze rock hard like a regular all liquid popsicle. They will be the consistency of say, a, pudding pop. Run the mold under warm water until it will lift out easily. This make take a few seconds, be patient! My husband kept pulling the sticks out when he would remove one, I never had the problem at all. Likely because I have patience. (just a guess).
These are creamy, rich, and refreshing all at the same time. Don't worry, I have more summer treats coming your way! ENJOY!!
Your "lick fast" chefwannabe