Tuesday, June 19, 2012
By Dr. Madelyn Fernstrom
One of summer’s biggest pleasures is a frozen treat. From the supermarket to roadside stands, you can find dozens of plain and fancy frozen confections. Most of us remember the old homemade version of pouring orange or grape juice into a small paper cups, and inserting a craft stick as a handle for some easy popsicles.
If you’re intrigued by the possibilities of some creative homemade frozen treats, you can pick up a copy of “People’s Pops: 55 recipes for ice pops, shaved ice, and boozy pops from Brooklyn’s coolest pop shop” (Ten Speed Press, $17), a book full of fun ideas for popsicles of all kinds. You have to love the entrepreneurs who’ve made a business out of creating popsicles based on summer’s favorite frozen treats! And with the variety of options, I think you’ll be making ice pops all year round!
You’ll find recipes for frozen pops of all kinds, including “adult” versions combined with small amounts of alcohol. Recipes use ingredients like cucumbers, edible flowers, and jalapenos and combine them with the more traditional fruits like peaches and berries.
If you’re looking to save money and calories this summer, think about popsicles. A refreshing treat for kids of all ages!