Pops! Icy Treats for Everyone

June 14, 2008 · 13 comments · Print This Post

in Cookbook Reviews, Ice Cream / Frozen Treats, Reviews

Pops!  Icy Treats for EveryoneDon’t forget! You have until Noon (EST) on Monday, July 7th to enter the contest to win your very own copy of Krystina Castella’s Pops! Icy Treats for Everyone. Simply follow this link and leave a comment. It couldn’t be easier.

Growing up popsicles were simple affairs.  Since my favorite color was and still is purple I would only eat grape popsicles.  This meant our freezer was usually well stocked with cherry, lime, and orange until I got hard up enough to eat the other flavors.  If I ever made homemade ice pops I did so covertly using Mountain Dew (I’m losing my mind a little just thinking about this) and an ice cube tray studded with toothpicks.  As I’ve mentioned before I was a kitchen sneak.  Occasionally I also attempted to recreate pudding pops in pastel Dixie cups but they never tasted as good as the ones Bill Cosby urged us to beg our moms for during Saturday morning cartoons.  Unfortunately this led me to really not care for traditional popsicles at all.

But then I discovered Krystina Castella’s new book: Pops! Icy Treats for Everyone (published by Quirk Books) and simply put I’m absolutely blown away by the fantastic liberties she has taken with what is generally considered by the vast majority of families as a frozen grape juice concoction topped off with a craft stick.  Please believe me when I say that you have never seen popsicles like this before.  These pops are multi-layered, full of complex flavors, and truly unique ingredient blends.

The table of contents includes sections on: Healthy Energy Pops, Fruit Juice Pops, Soda Fountain Pops, Cream and Pudding Pops, Coffee and Tea Pops, and Cocktail Pops.  The “Cocktail Pops” section in particular caught my eye since it includes a Mojito Pop and I’ve been on a huge mojito kick lately.  Other pops I can’t wait to test out include Sweet Martini Pops, Thai Iced Coffee Pops, and Sugar Pumpkin Pops.  I don’t know about you, but Summer just got about twenty times more exciting for me!  In the introduction to the cookbook Krystina mentions the term “kidults” and how popsicles fit right into this cupcake buying, toy loving, crafty “grown-up” lifestyle.  I couldn’t agree more.

Please stay tuned for “Popsicle Week” on ErinCooks.com and my recreation of a few of Krystina’s amazing treats.  You’ll have to bare with me.  I had to order popsicle molds from Amazon and I’m impatiently awaiting their arrival.  The Kitchn recently posted an excellent article on summer popsicle molds and I purchased several of these items.  If you are lucky enough to already own molds than please feel free to dive right in and check out the accompanying cookbook website appropriately called IcyPops.com for ideas and recipes.

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1 cookinpanda June 15, 2008 at 12:03 am

I was always an orange popsicle eater. Most likely everyone’s least favorite flavor. But, that left all the cherry, limes, and grapes behind. And never an orange for anyone else, on the off chance someone wanted one.

Anyway, I can’t wait to see what you make! The molds from the kicthn seem really fun!

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2 L June 15, 2008 at 1:17 am

Looks delicious!

I have to tell you that I tried Seeduction bread tonight. Delicious! I actually cooked a meal (very, very rare) for my friends, and I picked up some of this bread to go along with the salmon with balsamic glaze (and asparagus and salad). It was all a hit!

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3 NIKI June 15, 2008 at 12:58 pm

Haha. When I was little I would eat the cherry popsicles because they were red and that was my favorite color. I still love cherry things, but red is not my favorite color.

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4 Nix June 15, 2008 at 4:14 pm

I can’t even explain how excited I am about Popsicle Week!!

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5 Erin June 16, 2008 at 9:27 am

Nix – Me too Nix! Hurry up Amazon 🙂

Niki – I remember 🙂 Cherry was always my least favorite flavor. I always associated it with cherry cough syrup which I really hated to take.

L – That’s awesome! I’m so glad you liked the bread. It’s probably one of my top 10 favorite grocery store staples.

Panda – Orange was actually my 2nd favorite flavor, but I wouldn’t touch lime with a ten foot poll 🙂

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6 Hänni June 16, 2008 at 10:58 am

When I moved to Texas I started noticing funny looking Popsicles in the freezer case called paletas–Mexican Popsicles. I’ve never purchased the paletas, but i have tried some delicious Mexican fruit cups that combine tropical type fruits with hot chilis. It sounds weird but it’s great, i’m thinking about making this maybe with some of those fancy dixie cup molds you mentioned!

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7 Elle June 16, 2008 at 4:50 pm

I always ate the red ones, and my kids fight for them, too. Or the blue ones.

Can’t wait to see what you come up with, Erin!

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8 EB June 17, 2008 at 5:31 pm

I just bought popsicle molds from the local hardware store and they don’t seem very sturdy. You’ll have to let us know how yours work out.

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9 Krystina Catella June 19, 2008 at 7:37 pm

Thanks for writing about my book and site-It has been a blast to create and share. Let me know when you have the popsicle week.

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10 Krystina Castella June 19, 2008 at 7:38 pm

Oops- i was so excited I spelled my name wrong.

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11 Erin June 20, 2008 at 6:49 am

Krystina – Thanks so much for stopping by my site! I’m really looking forward to testing out some of your great ideas and recipes. I’m hoping to have “Popsicle Week” next week. Unfortunately, I’m still waiting for that package full of molds to arrive from Amazon.com. That will teach me to use their super slow “Super Free” shipping.

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12 Susan June 29, 2008 at 6:14 am

Oh, what fun! Ice pops are a nostalgic treat and a good way to limit your calories with just one…or two. The novelty alone provides just a little more satisfaction than scarfing bowls of sorbet down w/ a spoon. : )

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