The July/August issue of Martha Stewart Everyday Food magazine led me to this recipe for fudge bars, and a summer long obsession with creating fun, refreshing, and tasty ice pops! (the lemon ice recipe in that issue was a hit, too!).
While it seems that summer will soon be over, with school starting up soon and the weather cooling down a bit, it's still warm enough to crave an ice pop after work or school on a hot day! They can be as simple as blending together fruit, water, sugar, and lemon juice and freezing it or as creative as strawberry basil or any other combination that sounds good to you! They can be healthy or decadent, or even just for grown ups! Minimal equipment is usually needed--often just a blender or food processor, and if you don't want to get store bought molds, most of the books have suggestions for household items that can easily be used as molds and sticks. You'll probably have your own favorite combination, but here are some books that will get you started:
Ice Pops, Shelly Kaldunski--this has been my favorite book so far. The peaches & cream, mango ginger, and pink lemonade pops were all hits amongst my family & friends. Next on the list to try: root beer!
Ice Pop Joy: Organic, Healthy, Fresh, Delicious, Anni Daulter--a great book if you want to focus on healthy eating, with sections on pops that include tofu, vegetables, and other secret ingredients like wheat germ, and tips on getting your kids to try new things in the unthreatening guise of an ice pop! The breakfast pop recipe is one that I'm looking forward to trying.
Perfect Pops: The 50 Best Classic & Cool Treats, Charita Ferreira
Enjoy the rest of the summer by cooling down with a homemade ice pop!
That is fantastic!!!!! I'll have to snag me one of these books! I need something yummy to eat!
Enjoy making ice pops, Erin--it's been so much fun to try out new combinations!
Give me buzz when you make the root beer ice pops, Becker! That'll take me right back to my childhood when we made root beer soda, then used it in lots of fun stuff.
Where did you get your popsickle mold?