Quark Cherry ice popsicles

Always on the lookout for (reasonably) healthy ways to make ice popsicles, the time has come to test Quark!

Never heard about quark? I have been told that it is called Farmer’s cheese in the US, and unless you are familiar with the sour milk-loving food traditions of Germany, or the more Eastern parts of Europe, you may not have come across it. But quark – a tangy, low-fat distant cousin to cottage cheese – is well worth getting to know better!


Quark is a particular type of soft cheese based on sour milk. The cheese itself could perhaps best be described as a kind of low-fat, high-protein cottage cheese but with a tangy flavour. Probably because of this link to sour milk cuisines, quark is not very well-known outside the Slavic and German-speaking parts of Europe.

About 4/5 of the cheese consists of water, the fat content is typically low and the overall consistency still about as dense as cottage cheese: this all seemed quite promising for use in a relatively healthy ice popsicle. And then, thanks to my talented ice cream friend Katerina, I learned that quark actually is the main ingredient in Nanuk Míša, a still very popular Czech ice popsicle whose origins date back to 1962. Clearly, the time had come for me to test frozen quark myself!

Nanuk Míša - classic Czech ice popsicle, largely based on cottage cheese

Nanuk Míša – classic Czech ice popsicle, largely based on quark (or “tvaroh” in Czech)

However, while Nanuk Míša popsicles seem somewhat more elaborate, I decided to go for total simplicity – quark and jam only!

As usual, ice cream rarely turns out better than its ingredients, so make sure to use a good quality jam (= high content of actual fruit, and no or few other ingredients save for sugar). The cherry jam I used had a fruit content of about 50 % (most of the rest was sugar), and turned out to be highly popular!

When it comes to the quark, take account of the fat content: while some will welcome the original low-fat profile of quark, others might like to experiment by adding a little cream to soften and further round off the overall flavour. Again, this comes down to your personal preferences.

The same goes for sugar substitutes. Should you like to, you may well test cooking and mixing in your own “no extra sugar added” jam, possibly using some added alternative sweetener of choice. Since ice popsicles typically are made to be hard-frozen, there are no structural problems with excluding added sugar.

Simplicity in the making: Simply mix quark and jam

Yes, it is not more complicated than that. All you have to do is decide on the exact proportions of the quark and of the jam, which mainly comes down to a question of personal taste: feel free to experiment. If you have a real sweet tooth, you might like to go for equal parts jam and quark. Otherwise, one third jam and two thirds quark should probably be fine for most tastes.

Quark and good quality cherry jam - all you need for making delicious ice popsicles

Quark and good quality cherry jam – all you need in order to make delicious ice popsicles

Fill your ice popsicle moulds, freeze them for a couple of hours or longer – Ready to be served!


Quark Cherry ice pops - quite irresistable!

Quark Cherry ice pops – quite irresistable!

Very tasty and super-easy to make: There is not much more to say – these ice popsicles have proven to be hugely popular with both myself and the kids. The quark pops have a certain resemblance to ice popsicles based on tangy yoghurt, but the texture and consistency still make the tasting experience different. Different and good, I should add 🙂 .

Given how extremely easy these popsicles are to make there are simply no good excuses! Get some quark and good jam and freeze away!

Ps. In case that you, despite frantic efforts, fail to locate any quark where you live, the simple mix and freeze-method above can be used with yoghurt instead of quark. Granted, it won’t be the same thing, but it will still be very nice ice popsicles! 



Quark Cherry ice popsicles
Based on sour milk, the tangy, low-fat/high protein soft cheese Quark turns out to be a very good ingredient for making ice popsicles. And could it be easier than this? Just mix the quark with some good quality jam and freeze!
  • Quark
  • Cherry jam of good quality (preferably with at least about 50% fruit content)
The exact proportions depend on your personal preferences and how many ice pops you intend to fill: I would suggest a mixture of somewhere between ⅓ - ½ part jam and ⅔ - ½ quark.
  1. Decide on the exact proportions of jam and quark, then mix the two ingredients together.
  2. Fill your ice popsicle moulds and freeze in your freezer: Enjoy!
Quark is typically a low-fat fresh cheese, but there are certain types on the market which may boost quite a lot of fat (in these cases, cream has typically been added to the quark during the preparation). In other words, it might be useful to actually check the labelling when searching for quark ...


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6 Responses

  1. Natalie says:

    Would it be close to the Italian ricotta cheese?

    • Anders says:

      Well, there is a certain resemblance but in my view, they certainly differ. Still – no harm in trying out the recipe with ricotta and see how it goes 🙂

  2. sam says:

    Hi.I found some youtube videos that show you how to make Farmer’s cheese at home. Do you think it would be safe to then use it in ice cream? Or maybe commercially prepared cheese would have additives and stabilizers that make it possible to keep it in the freezer for a longer time?

    • Anders says:

      Hi Sam,
      As long as you handle the cheese-making in a clean and health-responsible way (= what goes for all cooking destined for human consumption), I think you should be able to use it. The same goes for home-made yoghurt, home-made kefir and most other home-made things I can think of which could end up as part of an ice cream ;-D And don’t worry about additives … if you’re making farmer’s cheese, the one thing you may want to consider when it comes to ice cream (as opposed to ice popsicles!) is likely the fat content. Many fresh cheeses have such low percentages of fat that – if left to maintain consistency and structure “on their own” in an ice cream – the final ice cream will tend to freeze brick-solid if left in the freezer. Possible ways to counteract that would be to add some fat (cream, for example) and/or a little anti-freezing alcohol.

  3. sam says:

    Thank you so much for your prompt reply. Much appreciated.

  4. Katerina says:

    About quark 🙂 In my homeland we recognize three kinds of quark – they differ in consistency. We have a hard quark – this one is grated parmesan -like style over sweet dishes. We have two kinds of soft quarks. One is more watery but also more spreadable. The quark you made from milk by yourself is like the third kind of quark – not so soft, more “rustic” with little clumps. I never used it into ice cream because of the clumps, is more like filling for famous czech sweet treat called “kolache”. However, if you are not in search of perfect velvety cream, go for it. And as Anders suggests, I would add some cream and also liquid sugar – golden sirup, maple sirup, agave..

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