August 26th may be National Cherry Popsicle Day. But nostalgia aside, you deserve something better than a cherry Popsicle®—the trademarked name* for the brand of supermarket ice pops.
We just finished making these gourmet cherry ice pops—just 3 ingredients and 10 minutes of prep, plus an hour or more of freezing.
Learn more about Amarena below.
> The different types of cherries.
1. BLEND the yogurt and milk together with the syrup of the Amarena Fabbri, enough to reach the desired color. The darker the color, the sweeter the ice pop.
2. ADD a handful of finely chopped Amarena Fabbri cherries and mix to combine.
3. POUR the mixture into ice pop molds and freeze completely.
4. REMOVE from the freezer and let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes before consuming.
Fabbri 1905 is a company founded in 1905 by Gennaro Fabbri, who took over an old grocery store with a vat cellar in Portomaggiore, a town in the province of Ferrara, Italy.
What started out as a company famous for its Amarena cherry liqueur soon expanded to sell alcoholic and non-alcoholic syrups, gelato ingredients, and fruit purées.
Today, an extensive line of products serves bartenders, pastry chefs, and food service professionals worldwide.
The business is now managed by the fourth generation of Fabbris.
The main products sold to consumers are fruits in syrup: Fabbri’s Amarena (black cherries in syrup), Fragiola (strawberries in syrup), and Zenzero (candied ginger in syrup).
Amarena cherries are small, black sour cherries that grow wild around the Italian cities of Bologna and Modena. They are typically gently cooked and preserved in sugar syrup, then used as a dessert topping.
Fabbri’s Amarena are made from a selection of the best black cherries, pitted and semi-candied (demi-glacé) in syrup according to Gennaro Fabbri’s original recipe from 1915.
The family history relays that Gennaro’s wife, Rachele, slowly cooked the cherries and semi-candied them. Gennaro liked them so much, that he bought a white-and-blue ceramic jar to thank her.
Rachele then had the idea to sell the cherry syrup in the decorative jars.
Amarena Fabbri remains a consumer favorite with its distinctive, luscious black cherry flavor. It has countless uses in pastry making, ice cream, cocktails, dessert toppings and fillings, sweet dips, sweet-and-savory sauces, cheese condiments, and on and on.
It’s easy to open the jar and spoon the cherries onto ice cream (terrific with pistachio!), sorbet, and frozen yogurt; mousse and pudding; baked goods from cheesecake and pie to frosted cakes and unfrosted cakes alike; breakfast pancakes, waffles, and yogurt.
Add the cherries to a variety of cocktails, including Amaretto Sours, Tom Collins, and Manhattans.
Guests of all ages will enjoy them in Shirley Temples, for a pop of color and indulgent flavor in a mocktail or something as simple as a glass of seltzer.
These soft and juicy cherries can be used just about anywhere!
Preserved in high-quality syrup with cherry juice, they capture the authentic flavor of fresh cherries with added sweetness.
The ingredients: sugar, wild cherries, glucose syrup, water, wild cherry juice, citric acid, flavorings, and for color, anthocyanins† extracted from plants.
The line is gluten-free, certified Halal by Halal Italia, and certified kosher by Star K.
*Know your trademark law: Everything not made under the trademarked Popsicle® brand is a generic “ice pop.”
†Anthocyanins are the blue, red, or purple pigments found in plants, especially flowers, fruits, and tubers.
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