Purple Cow Frozen Yogurt

July 21, 2008 · 35 comments · Print This Post

in Desserts, Ice Cream / Frozen Treats

Purple Ice Cream

Last weekend I finally got to go to the beach for the first time this summer. It was fabulous. I even briefly braved the 66 degree ocean temp for a quick dunk. Once upon a time someone told me that salt water increased your highlights. Obviously this meant more to me when I was a blonde and not a brunette. Oh well! On the way home we made the necessary stop at Russell Orchards and CK surprised me with a dish of “Purple Cow” frozen yogurt. I was off in the other room buying kitten magnets for some reason.  Don’t ask…

The Purple Cow yogurt was homemade black raspberry yogurt studded with chucks of white and dark chocolate. I honestly think I almost fell into a dessert swoon on the way home as we shared the frozen treat in the car. Of course, I had to try to make my own.

On Friday I stopped by Whole Foods to purchase the ingredients. There weren’t any fresh black raspberries to be found, but a huge display of blackberries were on sale, so blackberry frozen yogurt would have to do. They’re both purple, right?

I got home, prepped everything as outlined below in the recipe, rocked out to some Better Than Ezra Greatest Hits and pulled out my KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker attachment. Then I totally forgot how to use it, found the “quick start” card it came with, dumped in the ice cream mix, attached the paddle, turned on the pink goddess and all I heard was, “Click click.  Click click.” In hindsight, I probably should have actually read that card… meanwhile I yelled for CK.

What was supposed to happen, was that I attach the paddle, turn on the machine, pour in the ice cream mixture and shortly afterward a vat of tasty goodness forms. Unfortunately, my yogurt was now sitting in a semi-frozen state in the bowl. CK tried to help. I yelled at CK. CK yelled at me. Than we made-up and mutually chiseled out the ice cream from its icy prison with a collection of wooden spoons and rubber spatulas and graciously participated in a frozen yogurt “do over.”  Eventually it all worked out.

Was it worth it? Let’s see:

$9.58 for two containers of Fage Yogurt
$2.50 for 4 ounces of Ghirardelli White Chocolate
$2.50 for 4 ounces of Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate
$5.00 for 2 half pints of blackberries
1 moronic girl
1 fight with CK
Equals: Fabulous Purple Cow Frozen Yogurt.

Purple Cow Frozen Yogurt (Frozen Yogurt base previously published in David Lebovitz’s book Perfect Scoop as discovered on Heidi Swanson’s website 101 Cookbooks).

3 cups Greek-style yogurt (Note: I used Fage)
3/4 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups blackberries (or black raspberries, if you can find them)
4 ounces of white Ghirardelli chocolate, chopped
4 ounces of dark Ghirardelli chocolate, chopped

Mix together the yogurt, sugar, and vanilla. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Refrigerate 1 hour.

Puree the blackberries in a food processor and than strain through a fine mesh sieve to separate the liquid from the seeds. Stir 1 tablespoon of sugar into the berry puree and also refrigerate for 1 hour.

Thoroughly combine the frozen yogurt base with the berry puree and freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Don’t be like me and actually read them. Stir in the chocolate chunks by hand at the end of the freezing process. Finally package in a tightly sealed container and leave in your freezer until completely frozen. Serve and make-up with anyone you may have offended during the cooking process.

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

1 April in CT July 21, 2008 at 7:21 am

That is some scrumptious looking ice cream! I want the ice cream attachment for my KA so bad!! Each time I read a blog with an ice cream recipe I am convinced more. 🙂


2 Susie July 21, 2008 at 7:46 am

God I haven’t been to Russell Orchards since I was little! That looks DEE-VINE!


3 Cze-Johnson Carrie July 21, 2008 at 8:25 am

the ONLY thing I find wrong with this post is that you’re serving it in a ramiken. I mean.. aren’t those a little SMALL? 🙂

seriously; looks delish. did I mention I’m TOTALLY going to break into your place and live on your fancy IKEA shelves next time I drive up to boston area?


4 Susie July 21, 2008 at 9:53 am

Carrie HA re: ramekin being small.


5 Sues July 21, 2008 at 10:09 am

This looks soooo good. Purple Cow is one of my favorites…and I LOVE your ramekins 🙂


6 Hänni July 21, 2008 at 10:58 am

How many servings does this make?


7 Lys July 21, 2008 at 11:03 am

*sigh* I should have bought those ramekins when I saw them – love the lavendar color 🙂

That reminds me of Friendly’s Black Rasberry Ice Cream but with a bonus. I bought an ice cream maker and have yet to use it. This might be a reason to try it out 🙂 (and, yes, I promise to read the instructions)


8 Erin July 21, 2008 at 11:05 am

Hänni – It depends on how fat you want to be after you eat it? Just kidding…probably a little more than a quart. Full fat Fage has 23 grams of fat per serving (1 cup) though so I try to keep the servings small.


9 farida July 21, 2008 at 12:27 pm

This looks so good! Love the color and I bet the taste is even more lovable:)


10 Morne April 27, 2012 at 3:14 am

1 teaspoon vlinala extract2 1/4 cup milk1/2 cup sugar1 envelope gelatin1/8 teaspoon salt1 1/2 cup plain yogurt1/4 cup corn syrupCombine the milk, sugar, gelatin, and salt. Let stand 1 minute. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes or until the gelatin dissolves. Let the mixture cool completely. Stir in the vlinala extract, yogurt, and corn syrup. Pour into a bowl; cover and chill for 8 hours.3/4 cup sugar2 teaspoons cornstarch12 ounces evaporated lowfat milk1 teaspoon vlinala1 cup plain yogurt2 ounces semisweet chocolate chipsIn medium saucepan, combine the sugar and cornstarch. Stir in milk. Cook and stir over moderate heat until thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat; let the mixture in the refrigerator. Add the vlinala and yogurt. Refrigerate until the mixture is cold. Melt the chocolate. While the chocolate is hot, pour it very slowly into the chilled yogurt mixture while stirring gently. Freeze


11 Allen July 21, 2008 at 2:12 pm

Wow — this is totally worth a fight (or two). The color is beautiful and I’m sure it tastes superb.

At first when I read ‘purple cow’, I thought you were going to make my favorite childhood treat – an ice-cream float made with vanilla ice-cream and grape soda. 🙂 Although I miss my mother’s purple cows, your fro-yo looks much more pleasing!


12 Cze-Johnson Carrie July 21, 2008 at 4:11 pm

I dunno about YOU, but *MY* mother’s ‘purple cows’ were more akin to having a fit… and NOWHERE near as tasty as grape soda.

ie.. “mom’s having a purple cow. best stay away.”

just sayin’. though come to think of it, I don’t like grape soda. but I imagine it’d still be better than one of my mom’s PCs.

I’ll be quiet now.


13 EB July 21, 2008 at 5:59 pm

“fell into a dessert swoon” such a perfect perfect description for that feeling. Love it.


14 cookinpanda July 21, 2008 at 6:12 pm

Great color! What do you think about using fat-free Fage?


15 kat July 21, 2008 at 6:26 pm

what a yummy summer treat!


16 Tarah July 21, 2008 at 10:37 pm

Yummy! That looks great for summer! And I love the color! So beautiful and light!


17 nina July 21, 2008 at 11:01 pm

I definitely think it was worth it!!


18 Donald July 22, 2008 at 4:37 am

This looks great! That KA ice cream attachment is wonderful isn’t it?

I have some cantaloupe about to get in that freezer, but after that, this yogurt is in play.

Great find Erin!


19 Erin July 22, 2008 at 11:51 am

CookinPanda – I’d love to think that using fat free anything was a possibility in ice cream or frozen yogurt but somehow I doubt it is. In general I buy the 0% Fage to eat and snack on, so the nutrition info for the fully fledged Fage almost knocked me off my chair. Unfortunately I believe you need the fat to make proper ice cream. Unless someone else has advice on making figure friendly ice cream?


20 sarah July 22, 2008 at 12:17 pm

trying to figure out if blackberries and the fact that it’s yogurt make this okay for breakfast 🙂


21 [email protected] July 22, 2008 at 2:02 pm

Fage is the best!!


22 Kevin July 22, 2008 at 8:33 pm

This ice cream sounds really good!


23 NIKI July 29, 2008 at 12:41 pm

I never knew there was name for grape soda and vanilla ice cream. Those are yummy though Lol! 🙂
The ice cream is a pretty color. Lol


24 Elaine October 11, 2008 at 12:20 pm

I want to know where I can buy that purple ramekin. I have been looking all over for one:)


25 Kasey February 25, 2009 at 1:01 pm

This frozen yogurt looks divine. I just recently got an ice cream maker, but have yet to make frozen yogurt. This might just be it for me (though I think I’d skip the white chocolate..)


26 Meghan April 26, 2010 at 12:10 pm

You were featured on my blog:



27 Bridget June 2, 2010 at 3:22 pm

I just stopped by the local ice cream stand to pick up a quart of thier Purple Cow 95% fat free frozen yogurt, and I can definitely say that until this particlar flavor of low-fat frozen yogurt, I have never been able to convince myself to turn down full-fat ice cream! Now, to try to adjust the ingredients in your recipie to make a low-fat version 🙂


28 Pam July 8, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Erin, I just made your purple cow frozen yogurt and it’s the most delicious I have ever tasted! Seriously, I have died and gone to heaven. The only change I made, was use a little bit of honey in place of the sugar. Thank you so much for sharing it. I’m going to be making this until my ice cream maker
breaks down. I like how versatile it is. The only question is, what flavor should I try next? In purple heaven….Pam


29 Kandice November 12, 2010 at 11:34 am

This sounds absolutely delightful! I love blackberries and the little twist of adding dark and white chocolate lets me know that this may be a dessert I might stay away from because I will become obsessed with it. But with that said–I’m trying it as soon as I get home! I’m obsessed with froyo!

FYI for all you frozen yogurt enthusiasts like me! If you live in the the east coast area–I found out about this awesome froyo place opening up in the Clifton Promenade Shops called CUPS Frozen Yogurt. TODAY is their GRAND OPENING and they are giving away FREE yogurt from 1PM-10PM. Better believe I’ll be the first in line maybe even go for seconds with a disguise on! Hahah! I stumbled upon this at facebook.com/cupsfrozenyogurt 🙂


30 Carla June 21, 2011 at 6:27 pm

DELICIOUS! This recipe was soooo good! We did use low fat yogurt and it turned out fine. Note: adding pieces of blackberries is also quite tasty:) We will be making this again!


31 Carla August 16, 2011 at 1:49 pm

So good. A little messy though I ruined some of my best frocks 🙂 It was worth it!!!!


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