Salted Caramel Frozen Yogurt in a Jar {#SundaySupper}

salted caramel frozen yogurt

What better way to welcome the official start of summer than with homemade frozen yogurt? Especially when you don’t even need an ice cream machine to make it? This rich, creamy salted caramel frozen yogurt is made right in the mason jar that it’s served out of!

This week, Sunday Supper is hosting a dessert party in celebration of Shaina Olmanson’s book Desserts in Jars. I’ve had this book for a while (I think I picked it up at one of the conferences that I attended last year?), and it’s filled with really fun recipes from individual cakes and pies baked right in jars to unbaked mixes that makes great gifts to frozen treats like ice cream parfaits and granitas. (See below to learn how you can win a copy for yourself!)



This recipe for frozen yogurt doesn’t come from the book, but it is inspired by the book. Here’s the thing: I have an ice cream maker, but I kind of hate it. It’s huge, and the bowl needs to be frozen for at least 8 hours before you use it. That’s kind of annoying when you want to make ice cream or frozen yogurt impulsively. Theoretically you could keep the bowl in the freezer and be good to go whenever, but that’s not practical for me – there’s just not enough room in there! When I was flipping through my copy of Desserts in Jars trying to come up with an idea for this week’s post, I remembered one day in kindergarten when we made ice cream in ziplock bags and I thought that the concept could b adapted for a mason jar.

There are two methods that you can use to freeze your yogurt here, an each have their own advantages and disadvantages. In the first method, you basically recreate an old-school crank style ice cream maker by placing the jar inside a larger vessel filled with ice and salt, then stir continually while the jar rapidly cools. This method produces the smoothest, silkiest frozen yogurt but it’s kind of a pain in the butt. I’m not going to lie, stirring the jar for a half hour gets pretty boring. The other method is to place the filled jar right into the freezer, taking it out and giving it a good shake or stir every half hour until the contents are frozen. This way is easier, but it takes a lot longer (plan for 3 or 4 hours) and the resulting dessert won’t be quite as creamy.

Either way, it’s delicious.

salted caramel frozen yogurt

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Salted Caramel Frozen Yogurt in a Jar {#SundaySupper}
Serves: 4
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ¼ cup skim milk
  • 2 cups plain low fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon flaky sea salt
  1. Combine the sugar and water in a nonstick skillet. Set over high heat and cook, stirring constantly, until it turns deep amber – about 7 minutes. Immediately remove from heat. Pour in the milk; the caramel will bubble violently and seize up, keep stirring and it will settle into a smooth sauce. Let cool 5 minutes.
  2. Pour the yogurt into a pint-sized mason jar. Add ⅓ of the caramel; stir well. Add the vanilla, salt, and remaining caramel; stir to combine. Freeze according to one of the following two methods.
  3. Method 1: Fill a large mixing bowl with about 5 cups of ice and ½ cup coarse sea salt (or, if you have it, rock salt). Stir well; the ice will start to melt. Nestle the mason jar into the center of the bowl, so the ice comes up around the sides. Use a long spoon or a chopstick to stir the yogurt, periodically scraping down the sides of the jar. Continue stirring until the yogurt is frozen and creamy, with the consistency of soft-serve. For a firmer consistency, transfer to the freezer for 30 minutes.
  4. Method 2: Put the lid on the jar and transfer to the freezer. Freeze 4 hours, or until frozen, removing the jar and stirring the yogurt every 30 minutes to loosen the ice crystals as they begin to form.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 212 Fat: 2.5 Carbohydrates: 39.7 Fiber: 0 Protein: 11.5

DESSERTS IN JARS GIVEAWAY! Want to win a copy of Desert in Jars? Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite flavor of ice cream. For a second entry, join us for this week’s Sunday Supper twitter chat tonight between 7-8pm! Leave a second comment with the url to one of your tweets from during the chat. I’ll pick a winner randomly on Wednesday, June 26; the winner must respond to my email within 8 hours.

As an added incentive to join our weekly chat, Harvard Commons Press will be giving away a ticket and hotel stay to the Food and Wine Conference in Orlando next month! That’s huge! (I’m kind of hoping that I win that one ;))

Be sure to check out all the other fabulous desserts that Sunday Supper participants made this week!

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  1. Oh, my. Salted caramel ice cream could be my downfall this summer!

  2. The Ninja Baker says:

    Love your caramel frozen yogurt using either method =)

  3. Renee Dobbs says:

    I’ve never attempted making ice cream/frozen yogurt without my ice cream maker. Fortunately I have enough space in my spare fridge to store the bowl there. Since I love caramel and Greek yogurt this will be added to my list of frozen treats to make this summer.

  4. Jennifer Drummond says:

    I love salted caramel and using yogurt is simply perfect! Awesome dessert!!

  5. Debra Elliott says:


  6. Oh how I love all things salted caramel! I have a ton of greek yogurt in the fridge waiting to be turned into this.

  7. supperforasteal says:

    Very cool methods for not using the ice cream maker. We just got a freezer in our garage so now I can store my bowl in it and make ice cream more often!

  8. Cindys Recipes says:

    Sounds very summery!

  9. That does it. I’ll watch tv for 30 minutes and stir this baby. I have to try it out. I’m happy your recipe serves only 4. ;) Oh and I want to win that book. Of course, if I don’t I will buy it!

  10. Jen @JuanitasCocina says:

    So, I may be making this today. And tomorrow. And the day after that.

  11. This recipe reads very well. I do not understand a couple of things:

    Why use low-fat or no-fat yoghurt and skimmed milk instead of whole milk dairy products? Surely, you do not think them healthier than the full-fat version. The skimmed milk and low-fat products increase the sugar content, which is not good for diabetes as well as everyone else.

    As a diabetic, will sugar substitutes such as xylitol or liquid stevia or both or some other work? How about liquid Splenda? Perhaps one would then have to add a bit of fibre or glycerine to keep ice crystals from forming.


    • Lauren @ HealthyDelish says:

      You could certainly use whole fat milk products of that’s your preference. I don’t have any experience with diabetes, so sugar content isn’t generally a concern for me – I’m focused more on calories.

      I’m not sure if the sugar substitutes would caramelize properly. Sorry that I can’t give you a better answer, I just don’t have any experience with the substitutes.

  12. Samantha Ferraro says:

    O..M…G….amazing!!! So making this! And I LOVE your jars!

  13. Alice Choi says:

    oh my goodness! I love this! frozen yogurt in a jar?! the possibilities are endless!

  14. Chef Di says:

    What a perfect low fat and refreshing dessert. Pinning this, and trying soon!!!

  15. Carol Yemola says:

    My favorite ice cream is homemade strawberry with strawberries from my garden!

  16. Heather Sullivan says:

    yum!! I got an ice cream maker for our wedding, used it a couple of times that summer, and haven’t tried it since!

    Coffee oreo is my all time favorite flavor

  17. Emily @ Life on Food says:

    I just made Nutella ice cream this weekend and it was amazing! Salted caramel would be pretty awesome too!

  18. Heather Sullivan says:
  19. ilonaskitchen says:

    I love coffee ice cream!

  20. jacquie says:

    peach in the summer, pumpkin in the fall and peppermint stick in the winter

  21. To my mind, there’s nothing better than a really good vanilla ice cream. Although I must tell you I’ve saved your Salted Caramel Frozen Yogurt in a Jar recipe and will certainly be making it this summer. Thanks!

  22. My favorite ice cream is Moose Tracks

  23. Deborah says:

    I love any ice cream with fruit, but this salted caramel certainly sounds good.

  24. I love that this doesn’t need an icecream maker. I’m so trying to not buy one but all these gorgeous ice creams on the net are not helping C:

  25. Yay, another recipe that doesn’t need an ice cream maker! I’m saving my pennies to get the ice cream attachment for my Kitchenaid but until then, I need all the no-machine recipes I can find. This looks delicious, plus I love that it’s healthier than full fat ice cream (don’t get me wrong, I ADORE full fat ice cream but my waistline doesn’t). This looks fantastic!

  26. Anything with salted caramel flavor is riiiight up my alley! :)

  27. I don’t mind using my ice cream maker (I do keep my bowl frozen at all times) but I like your method too!

  28. I’m one of the few who doesn’t own an ice cream maker, so this recipe is made just for me! Love caramel ice cream (can’t really say I’ve ever had caramel yogurt before, so I’ll assume it tastes just as great).

    And would it be creepy of me to say that you did get your book at a conference? Because I remember a friend saying she got that book in her swag bag, but I never attended that conference….

  29. Family Foodie says:

    This frozen yogurt sounds amazing! Salted Caramel is one of my favorites and great for summertime! Great recipe, and I like that you didn’t need an ice cream maker!

  30. bettyagnes says:

    Is the nutritional information per serving (it serves 4) or for the whole recipe? Thanks! This looks delish!

  31. YUM-TOWN! I have an homemade ice cream shop in the city where I live, and salted caramel is by far their biggest seller. I also have an ice cream maker at home, and I HEAR YOU on freezing that stupid bowl. Like, who wants to keep that in the freezer 365 days a year on the off chance you want to make some ice cream? But conversely, who wants to plan ahead 2 days before they want to make impulse ice cream? Yeah, my ice cream maker directions say to freeze it for TWO DAYS. Ridiculous :)

  32. I always forget about making fro yo! Love the caramel idea too

  33. Chocolate malt def favorite flavor!

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  35. I love salted caramel! I can’t wait to try this fantastic yogurt recipe!!!

  36. I am in love… Salted Caramel and Yogurt and no need for an ice cream machine. I will be making this for sure even if our snow doesn’t melt this year… Pinning.

  37. I’m will be giving this a try. I love the idea of salted caramel. Thanks so much for sharing!

  38. Caitlin says:

    I have never made my own ice cream or frozen yogurt, but I am feeling like giving it a try to day. I saw ice cream in a bag on pinterest while looking for recipes and had the same thought…gosh, couldn’t I just put it all in a mason jar and shake that baby up once in a while? Google mason jar frozen yogurt…nothing. Bummed. Ok I’ll keep looking for recipes that I might like. Googled salted carmel frozen yogurt. Bam. Your post. And the Twilight theme music was playing in the background. Ok I made that last part up but I’m glad we apparently share the same thoughts and will be trying my own froyo in a mason jar tonight.

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