Monday, October 7, 2013

Pineapple Yogurt Ice Cream

When Yoplait contacted me about an Emmy party, I said, um, huh? I didn't recall being nominated for an Emmy and I wasn't sure how that related to yogurt.

But then they explained that is was all about a benefit for breast cancer, and I said okay, let's eat some yogurt. Or, in my case, let's make some ice cream.

Besides getting some swag from Yoplait, I got my choice of yogurt flavors, and I was freakishly excited to see that Yoplait had a pineapple yogurt.

Way back in the stone age when yogurt was promoted as health food eaten by Tibetan wise men who lived to 200 years old*, I was pretty skeptical of the stuff.

But then I discovered pineapple yogurt. And I loved it. And then pineapple yogurt disappeared. I don't know where it went, but the flavor vanished. *poof* Gone.

Elizabeth Moss at the Emmys.
Every time I passed a display of yogurt, I'd look for pineapple. Which was easy enough back in the olden-yogurt days when there weren't as many brands.

Now, there are a lot more choices. But I still couldn't find pineapple. Every once in a while I'd spot pina colada. Which is close, except I don't like coconut. I always thought it was odd that there were so many flavors of yogurt, but no one made a pineapple yogurt.

Why?

I mean, it's not like I was looking for some sort of exotic fruit.

I muddled along adding fresh pineapple to yogurt once in a while, but I was a little giddy when I found out that now Yoplait makes a pineapple Greek yogurt, so now I can buy pineapple yogurt whenever I want it. It's a heck of a lot easier to buy a little cup rather than buying a whole fresh pineapple when I only want a little bit.

And just like their blueberry yogurt that I sampled before, this stuff tasted natural. Not like pineapple-flavored candy. Like actual pineapple. With bits of pineapple. And it made a really nice frozen dessert.

*Okay, I was a kid. Maybe I remember the commercials wrong. But it had something to do with exotic wrinkled people eating yogurt.

Pineapple Yogurt Ice Cream

2 5.3 ounce cups Yoplait Greek blended pineapple yogurt
2 cups heavy cream
3/4 cups sugar
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons whipped cream flavored vodka

Combine all ingredients and chill well. Freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. Transfer to a storage container and freeze until firm.

Serve.

About the Emmy party:

Jane Lynch.
Yoplait provided photos from the Variety + Women In Film Pre-Emmy Party presented by Yoplait Greek.

They said that the party, held at Scarpetta at Montage Beverly Hills, "feted this year’s female Emmy nominees" right before the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony.

Stars including Jane Lynch, Julie Bowen, Zac Posen, Jon Cryer, Elizabeth Moss and more walked the red carpet and lent their support to Yoplait Greek yogurt’s breast cancer initiative by licking and signing yogurt lids.

Inside, they celebrated the honorees and snacked on cups of the new blended Greek yogurt and appetizers including yogurt-filled strawberries.

So there ya go. Emmys, yogurt, and breast cancer awareness, all in one neat package.

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