When it’s 113F outside, it’s hard to think about anything at all, let alone the prospect of moving more than a foot or two at a time. If anything can motivate me through blistering summer heat (and yes, it actually was 110F+ in these parts over the past few days), it’s the thought of a freezing cold, delicious ice cream cone or popsicle. The recipes in Pops! Icy Treats for Everyone may take a little more work – you have to wait for the pops to freeze, after all – than popsicles from the store, but every minute is worth it for these impressive and tasty recipes.
All the recipes are a cut above anything you’d find in the freezer case. They’re broken down into chapters by type: Healthy Energy Pops, Fruit Juice Pops, Soda Fountain Pops, Cream and Pudding Pops, Coffee and Tea Pops and Cocktail Pops. The “energy” pops are mostly made with pureed fruits, like smoothies in popsicle form, while the purely juice pops seem a bit more reminiscent of what you probably ate as a kid. The others are pretty self explanatory. What makes these interesting is that the author chooses interesting flavor combinations for the pops (Banana Split Pops, Tiramisu Pops, Southern Sweet Tea Pops) and uses tricks like hiding fresh pieces of fruit or sweets into the pops before freezing. The resulting pops are fun to eat and have a great look to them, largely captured by lots of full color photos in the book.
If you don’t have popsicle molds already, don’t worry because the book does offer some tips on “do-it-yourself” popsicle molds. That said, tt is a good idea to have a set (or three) of ice cream pop molds if you want to work with the recipes from this book because it means less work for you on each recipe