Jul 29, 2013

homemade mint chocolate chip frozen yogurt


There are some things about summer that can't be beat.  It seriously shouldn't even be considered summer if there isn't some non-work-related reading, some time at the pool (or rather, by the pool, based on my current case of swimmer's ear...aren't you supposed to outgrow that bologna as you get older???), a wedding or two, and frozen yogurt.  So, to take care of the last item on the list, here's my first attempt at homemade frozen yogurt.  I would proudly say that it was a success!


It may not be as smooth and creamy as the stuff at your favorite froyo shop (unless, perhaps, you have an ice cream maker), but it is very refreshing and simple.  I'm becoming more and more of a believer that the simpler your food is, the better.  This summer delight is nothing but yogurt (the plain kind that's just cultured milk), peppermint extract, sugar and chocolate chips.  Green food coloring is optional, but will add to the presentation.  Sweet, cool, minty, and delicous...this is what summer's all about.


Homemade Mint Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt

Ingredients:
  • 32 oz of plain yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/4 to 1/2 c sugar, to taste
  • a few drops of green food coloring (optional)
  • 1/2 c chocolate chips
Begin by mixing the yogurt, peppermint extract, 1/4 c sugar and green food coloring.  Taste it and add more sugar if necessary.  If you have an ice cream maker, pour the mixture in there and let it work its magic before adding the chocolate chips.  If you're like me and aren't so lucky, you can pour the mixture into a bowl and stick it in the freezer.  Stir it every half hour or so for even freezing.  Once the mixture is about the consistency of soft serve ice cream, add the chocolate chips before freezing some more until it reaches the desired consistency and you're ready to serve it.  If you don't eat all of the frozen yogurt at once, scoop (fluff up) the leftovers before refreezing for easy serving next time.





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