Monday, August 2, 2010

Eat This: Homemade Popsicles

This is what I have been obsessively doing for the past month--making bazillions of popsicles.  Our freezer became so overrun it was starting to look like I should I just buy an ice cream truck that plays that creepy music-box-y music and head down to the beach and go into business.  
But instead, all the kids who visit our house get to luck out and eat a popsicle of her/his choice upon entry.  The thing is, popsicles are really, really easy to make.  And so delicious--and some are even relatively healthy for you--or at least they are corn syrup free and may involve some yogurt and fresh fruit, so there's that.
I began this odyssey making some of the frozen pops from this book--Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It by Karen Solomon--which is an excellent book all around, by the way--full of how-tos on making everything from ricotta cheese to poptarts ...
...to marshmallows to several varieties of crackers...
...and even real jamaican ginger beer...and photos of everything (I love photos in a cookbook--it is always the photos that woo me into buying)--plus, an entire chapter devoted to frozen confections (the fudgesicle recipe in here is delish--a little dark, fudgey and nothing like what you find in the store in such a good way).
So, this was my popsicle primer--and then I just sort of took off from there and went freestyle--mixing all sorts of fruits and ingredients together willynilly--my family dutifully trying each new variety of popsicle and letting me know if it was a keeper.  And now I am here to share my fave new frozen pop creations with you--orange vanilla, coconut pineapple, banana-strawberry-pineapple bomb pop, and cherry lemonade.  Have at it:
DOWNLOAD RECIPE
Keep on enjoying summer with a vengeance and make some for yourself.  (and when I say make some, I mean make lots because you should, and that vanilla orange popsicle might-be mood-altering all on its own.  If you know what I mean.)

28 comments:

Annette said...

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Holly said...

Hmm...curious. Was that a link you needed to click to access the file? All of my docs are stored on Google Groups--which does ave its issues from time to time--but you can always go out to my group and peruse the docs there and download the one you are looking for--here is where you can find my group:
http://groups.google.com/group/beeper-bebe

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whatkatiedid said...

I'm getting the same error too, even in the google group. Looks like it is not being recognised as a pdf file and I am just getting a load of coding instead! They look incredibly yummy by the way! :)

Jacqui said...

I had the same errors from Google Groups too, so I tried the right-click option of 'save the link'. That's on a Mac, but I'm sure there'll be similar on a PC. It worked fine then and is recognised as a .pdf. And oh boy do the recipes look good! Thanks so much :)

Anonymous said...

Same error for me too and your links usually work

hoyoyi said...

they look so tasty~~~~

Jenn from Albuquerque said...

Must find that book. My homemade popsicles don't look that good. Here's a website with a lot of recipes for things you usually buy that are brought to us by the wonders of biology. Like cheeses. But the one's I love are the ginger ale and root beer. Not so healthy, but good! http://biology.clc.uc.edu/Fankhauser/Cheese/Cheese.html

Holly said...

Well--I just tried re-uploading the document on Google Groups and replaced the link in the posting--see if it works now...not sure what is going on. If anyone is able to download the recipe--will you please leave a comment saying so? Thanks.

Oh--and here is the actual link to the recipe itself on Google Groups--if that might help...
http://beeper-bebe.googlegroups.com/web/Homemade+Popsicles.pdf?gda=c1BmlEgAAABHbwF0QQgzLsgk0u24vh35cMcN22sWojI0rJQcHaCFTqHHcbXYYsPS1xG6xeAFNRymwwmmjY8lLEkm5GsdcWpfGjVgdwNi-BwrUzBGT2hOzg&gsc=J815GQsAAADijnEmzTP1wu4dHRjuR1HT

Melissa said...

Thanks for this! I bought popsicles molds but haven't made any yet! I hope the links working.

Brigette Joy said...

Thanks for the recipes! I started making popsicles this summer but I just freeze fruit juice. This will take things to a new level!

cbryan said...

Oh how I love homemade popsicles... Thanks for the great looking recipes! My popsicle mold just broke... :( But this is a great excuse to buy a new one :)

Cheryl said...

Yes the linked worked. Thanks for the recipes.

Threaded Basil said...

Thank you!! I've been so lazy and just have been freezing juice for my kids. I've been meaning to look up sone good recipes!

daisymay aka Chantele said...

Oh they all look totally yummy! Daisy Dayz Home

Rae said...

AWESOME!!! We went over to a friends the other day and she had made popsicles w/ kiefer. It was really good and yours look really yummy too!

Holly said...

Okay--I think the linking prob is all fixed now, folks. Sorry for the technical difficulties. I can get around on the computer all right but when there is something technical awry, well, I am pretty useless...but a simple re-uploading of the document seems to have done the trick this time. No need to call in the specialists (whoever those would be...)

Secondhand Nation said...

Do you have a particular mold you'd recommend buying? I have a couple and they are crappy.

And I can't wait to come over!

Holly said...

The popsicle mold I have is a few years old--it is from Cuispro. I do not think they make my exact mold any longer--but they have some similiar molds by Cuispro you can find here:
http://www.centralchef.com/storefrontprofiles/processfeed.aspx?sfid=123094&i=243006935&mpid=7714&dfid=1

What I love about my molds is that they use the wooden sticks--so you can fill the molds, release the popsicles, wrap them in waxed paper, and store them in the freezer so they are ready upon request--and then you can keep on reloading the mold with new varieties of popsicles. I had some of the other popsicle molds that have the plastic sticks that are integral to the mold, and I just did not like that I could keep on refilling the mold and instead had to wait until they were all eaten until I could refill it. In fact, I gave those molds away. I also love that with the wooden sticks, it does not matter if your kids lose the sticks--you can always buy more at the craft store.

Dree said...

I got here from Crafty Crow...that book looks great, I requested it from my library. I already make peppermint marshmallows ever winter break (so easy!).

Scented Sweetpeas said...

Wow they look scrummy, loving your blog by the way with all the makes and recipes.

Leigh said...

Well don't those look delicious! Yum.

Puglette said...

these look wonderful! and fun to make. the cherry lemonade recipe has some extraneous instructions. we are directed to add pineapple and vanilla before freezing, but these are not ingredients in the recipe. thanks for sharing!
hugs,
puglette
:o)

Susan Being Snippy said...

I downloaded your recipes and after a run to the store, will test out the orange vanilla. We are a household of adults but popsicle loving adults and frozen kool aid just doesn't cut it anymore, so thanks for these!

Brigette Joy said...

I made the strawberry popsicles and they were yummy!

CK said...

WOW!!! Those LOOK SOOOOO good!!! Hmmmm! I have been playing with popsicles lately too but all I do is put 100 percent fruit juice in the molds and freeze them. I never thought to actually mix up your own recipe! What a great idea! Those chocolate ones look REALLY good!!!

kristena marie said...

Just printed off your recipes. Thanks so much! I'm kind of obsessed with popsicles right now too, and I appreciate the fresh ideas. :)

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

These look so great & I love that you don't need an ice cream maker or other apparatus to enjoy a cold treat.