Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles and I Heart California Strawberries

 

This is a sponsored post, all opinions, thoughts and ideas are my own.I Heart California-Strawberries

While standing in the middle of a strawberry field, having a true Farm to Table lunch (table in a farm?) I tried to think of one person I’ve ever met that doesn’t like strawberries. I couldn’t. I love strawberries, so when I got the invite from California Strawberry Commission to run around the beautiful strawberry fields in Oxnard I couldn’t say no.

I Heart California Strawberries23Look at those things, just  hanging out, looking so perfect. I love the California strawberries I can pick up at the grocery store and farmers markets, but right off the vine, slightly warm from the sun, those babies are incredible. By the way, if anyone ever invites you and your family to run around a strawberry farm, stuffing your face with berries right off the vine: say YES (enthusiastically).

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I joined a handful of other bloggers for a day in the beautiful California sun, eating amazing food (and I’m not kidding about stuffing my face with berries right off the vine), a tour of the facility, and head farmer, Bill Reiman, joined the party to answered all of the Strawberry Question we could ever ask.

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Here are a few of the Strawberry Facts I learned over the day (And by the way, I am just nerdy enough to think these are super interesting):

  1. None of the California Strawberries are GMO, all the CA strawberries that you can buy are GMO free (awesome).
  2. Strawberries will not continue to ripen once they are picked  (like tomatoes do) if you pick a green strawberry, it will never turn red.
  3. They freeze some of the best berries. They pick the berries that are so juicy and full of natural sweetness to freeze because although they are delicious, they are too fragile to pack and ship.
  4. Eating strawberries regularly has been proven to improve memory and delay the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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I love that I don’t have to feel guilt about buying frozen California strawberries (I’m a fresh produce girl, and I actually do feel guilty about buying frozen), this also reminded me that once my strawberries start to show their age, freezing them is a great idea. They freeze so well!

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After the tour of the fields, a tour of the packing facility and a fun hay ride, the day ended with a gorgeous dinner cooked up by Tim Kilcoyne, Executive Chef and owner of The SideCar Restaurant in Ventura. The menu included:

  • Bruschetta with fava bean ricotta, house made strawberry mustard and arugula.
  • Braised Chicken Enchiladas with Swiss chard, roasted strawberry mole and queso fresco. Served with a black bean and quinoa salad
  • Chocolate Genoise with strawberry mousse, ganache and white chocolate dipped strawberry
  • Strawberry Basil Meyer Lemonade

I love the use of strawberries in a savory dish, that strawberry mole was incredible.

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Apparently I was too distracted by the incredible food and the company of Farmer Bill, whom I sat next to, to photograph the dinner. My camera ended with shots of the menu.

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I came home with a car load of strawberries that I couldn’t wait to use. I made popsicles that are perfect for those fresh berries that I love, but are also great for the frozen ones I now feel completly content buying.

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Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles

Yield: 8 popsicles

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 6 large fresh strawberries, chopped or ¾ cup frozen strawberries
  • 6 standard sized graham crackers
  • 1 tbs melted butter

Instructions

  1. In a food processor add the cream cheese, sour cream, powdered sugar and milk, process until well combined. Add the strawberries, pulse to combine.
  2. Pour mixture into popsicle molds, leaving about 1 inch of the top empty for the crust (if you don’t have popsicle molds, use small paper cups and popsicle sticks) tap the molds gently on the counter to remove air bubbles.
  3. In a food processor add the graham crackers, process until only crumbs remain.
  4. While food processor is running, add the melted butter in a slow stream until the mixture resembles wet sand.
  5. Divide the crust evenly between the popsicles, press down gently to compact. Insert popsicle sticks, freeze for at least 6 hours and up to 3 days.
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Other Strawberry recipes:

Sweet:

Strawberry Swirl Dream Cake - Savory Simple

Chocolate Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart – Domestic Fits

Strawberry Crumble – Bake Your Day

Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes – Domestic Fits

Strawberry Beer Sorbet – The Beeroness

Strawberry Pie Sour Cream Bars – Crunchy Creamy Sweet

Savory:

Strawberry Quinoa Salad – Domestic Fits

Chilled Strawberry & Beet Consommé with Horseradish Oil - Sippity Sup

Strawberry Balsamic Bruschetta - Pinch My Salt

Drinks:

Strawberry Sriracha Margarita – Domestic Fits

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Daiquiri – Country Cleaver

Strawberry Mint Julep – Culicurious

Strawberry Beer Lemonade – The Beeroness

 

This is a sponsored post, all opinions, thoughts and ideas are my own.

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62 Responses to Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles and I Heart California Strawberries

  1. chinmayie @ love food eat April 24, 2013 at 5:26 am #

    Ooooooh! Those look irresistible! Our strawberry season just got over but I have some frozen strawberries with me right now. I am so tempted to make some cheese cake right now :) These photos had me drooling…

  2. Gerry @ foodness gracious April 24, 2013 at 5:54 am #

    Popsicles look awesome, and it was great hanging out with you!

    • Jackie April 24, 2013 at 9:49 am #

      I had fun too! Your kids are adorable and so smart!

  3. Cassie | Bake Your Day April 24, 2013 at 6:00 am #

    What an amazing, event! I do love strawberries and these popsicles are amazing. Do you know of any strawberry beer? That would be right up my alley :-) Thanks for the link love! See you Friday!!

    • Jackie April 24, 2013 at 9:52 am #

      I’m not a huge fan of fruity beers, but I would try a strawberry beer for sure! I’m SOOOOO excited to see you on Friday!!

  4. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet April 24, 2013 at 6:12 am #

    What a fabulous event! The strawberries look so delicious! Now the cheesecake popsicles sound and look amazing, Jackie! Gorgeous styling! Thank you for the link love!

  5. addie | culicurious April 24, 2013 at 8:43 am #

    Looks like y’all had such a great time! I love the recipe too! :)

  6. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie April 24, 2013 at 8:57 am #

    I love picking berries! I had a Upick farm within bike ride distance from my house growing up and I used to go all the time with my family and/or friends. The closest one to me now is 45 minutes away :-(.

  7. Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama April 24, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    What a fun event! I can’t wait for strawberry season over here…. not until June! These popsicles are possible the best ones I have ever seen….. love the graham crust!

    • Jackie April 24, 2013 at 9:58 am #

      The crust was my favorite part!

  8. Jodi April 24, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    Jackie, it was so wonderful to finally meet you. What a great post – we are so glad you enjoyed it. Your popsicles…wow! We’ll share today on the California Strawberries FB page since we know our fans will LOVE it. Who wouldn’t?!

    • Jackie April 24, 2013 at 10:02 am #

      Thank you Jodi! I had a great time and it was great to finally meet you!

  9. marla April 24, 2013 at 10:40 am #

    Such a pretty post! Love the pops :)

  10. Julie @ Table for Two April 24, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    Wow, those popsicles are gorgeous! Sounds weird to say that about a popsicle but they look so creamy and good! I LOVE the graham cracker “crust” on it! Such a cute touch :)

  11. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry April 24, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    When I was little my mom used to take me to Oxnard to pick fresh strawberries and blackberries off the vine. There is nothing like it. I am gonna make these strawberry cheesecake popsicles once the weather warms up in Seattle.

  12. claire @ the realistic nutritionist April 24, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    I LOVED my trip with the California Strawberries last year! It was my first ever press trip, such a blast. PS. love these girl!

  13. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies April 24, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

    I love all kinds of strawberries, but nothing beats when they’re fresh from the farm. What an awesome experience! And amazing popsicles–wow!

  14. ashley - baker by nature April 24, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

    Jackie, you’re killing me with these cheesecake popsicles! I’m obsessed with them! Can’t wait to meet you Friday :)

  15. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. April 24, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

    These are so pretty! Strawberries are my favorite!

  16. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious April 24, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

    It was SO great to see you at this event! And again, sorry we couldn’t hang out much – kids are a handful! Love these popsicles btw. It’s getting a bit warm here (except for today – it was so gloomy) so you know I’ll be making these soon!

  17. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com April 25, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    What a fun event!! I want a few of these popsicles to go, please? :D

  18. Miss Kim @ behgopa April 26, 2013 at 3:13 am #

    Omg I so gotta try this. I friggin love strawberries. And the strawberry cheesecake is so creative and I can just imagine how amazing it would taste!

  19. Angie@Angie's Recipes April 26, 2013 at 4:57 am #

    What a delightful summer dessert!

  20. Yii-Huei April 26, 2013 at 4:57 am #

    Beautiful pictures, looks like such a yummy popsicle! I’ve made strawberry cheesecake ice cream before (trying to copy Ben & Jerry’s strawberry cheesecake flavour) which was so delicious.

  21. Sue/the view from great island April 26, 2013 at 7:57 am #

    Great post—just pinned to my ‘Popsicle Fever’ board!!

  22. Dina April 26, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    these sound creamy and wonderful!

  23. Anna (Hidden Ponies) April 27, 2013 at 11:54 pm #

    So fun, and these look perfect for summer! I adore strawberries.

  24. Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen April 29, 2013 at 3:26 am #

    Strawberry cheesecake popsicles sound amazing and they look gorgeous! The event looks like so much fun too!

  25. Annie April 29, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    oh wow love the idea they sure look delicious :)

  26. Foodiewife May 5, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

    I’ve been staring at some virgin Popsicle molds I bought a couple of years ago. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, because now I know how to break those puppies in! I’m blessed to live smack dab in the middle of strawberry fields, and have daily access to sweet and juicy organically grown strawberries. I can’t wait to make this in my Vitamix, and to enjoy these.
    Beautiful blog, by the way! New fan.

  27. Angela Gervais May 7, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    I have a question! Our local farm just put fresh strawberries out today (I’m on the other side of the country from you…the mountains of southwest Virginia!) and I will be making lots of freezer jam and canned jam from my strawberries. This year I want to freeze some so I’ll have them available later in the year. I know that with blueberries, they should be frozen without rinsing or it will ruin them. Is this the same with strawberries? Or is it acceptable to wash them and cut them? I’ve been freezing fresh blueberries for years but freezing strawberries is new for me. :)

    Thanks in advance for any advice or tips! Can’t WAIT to try this recipe!

    • Jackie May 7, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

      I wash mine, cut them, let them dry a bit and then freeze them. Seems to work well, but I’m not sure if there is a different procedure that works better!

  28. Nuts about food May 22, 2013 at 1:20 am #

    Just wanted to let you know I made these, loved them and posted about them. And linked back here of course. Thanks!

    • Jackie May 22, 2013 at 9:16 am #

      Thank you so much!

  29. Georgia May 23, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    Great recipe and beautiful photos, Jackie! I’m looking forward to trying them soon. Do you know if it’s possible to use skim milk in place of the whole milk for these?

    • Georgia May 28, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

      I went ahead and used skim milk, and they turned out so delicious!

  30. American Woman March 1, 2014 at 2:13 am #

    THESE LOOK SO DELICIOUS I CAN’T WAIT TO TRY THEM. LOOK FORWARD TO MORE OF YOUR GREAT RECEPIES. I ALWAYS GET OR MAKE HER A STRAWBERRY PIE FOR HER B’DAY. MAYBE I’LL BE ABLE TO FIND A NEW ONE THIS YEAR. LOOK FORWARD TO SOME NEW RECEIPES

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