Thursday, 25 July 2013

Review: 200 Best Ice Pop Recipes by Andrew Chase

Disclosure: I received the item mentioned in this post at no cost, in exchange for my honest opinion.

My very first experience with Robert Rose books was with their book 500 Best Sauces, Salad Dressings, Marinades and More. I have relied heavily on that book for the last few years for some flavourful additions to our family meals.

I knew I had to check out more Robert Rose cookbooks! In searching their website I came across a wide variety of books available. Books from pretty much every walk of life, and for almost any occasion you can think of.

I had the pleasure of reviewing 200 Best Ice Pops Recipes by Andrew Chase. It came just in time for a nice, hot week ahead of us too. Talk about perfect timing!

This book shows you how to create 200 delicious, nutritious and easy homemade ice pops! The author goes into great detail about the freezing process for a number of different styles of ice pops, and shares some invaluable tips.

I loved that most of these recipes are combinations, or flavours that I didn't even know could be used in ice pops. With spins on the classics and so many new flavour combinations I don't think we'll get bored of ice pops any time soon. The use of fresh ingredients is music to a mothers' ears. I have felt guilty in the past about feeding Emily store bought popsicles because of the lack of nutritional value and the high sugar content.

Ice pops are a great way to keep cool. They have pretty much been a vital part of every childs' summer, for decades. So now I'm happy to say that I can still provide Emily that same childhood memory, without all the guilt that came with the massive amounts of sugar in the storebought version.

Andrew Chase gives readers some important insiders tips on how to prepare a multitude of ice pops. One of my favourites is his section dedicated to Less-Drip Ice pops, specifically designed to be less messy. So helpful for kids!

I can't wait to try some more of these tasty sounding treats! Even if it takes us through the winter, I would love to eventually try making each flavour at least once. :)

Would you like to try making some for yourself? Here's the recipe for Carrot Orange Less-Drip Ice Pops! If you give it a try, come back and let me know what you thought!

Carrot Orange Less-Drip Ice Pops

Orange Carrot Less-Drip Ice Pops, page 204, Less-Drip for Kids
Makes about 3 cups (750 mL)
9 to 12 ice pops

Unless your kids are carrot lovers, just call these orange ice pops — they’ll never know the difference. The pops are bright orange, sweet and a good healthy treat, especially on a hot day. 

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Tip: Freshly squeezed juice is always best, but you can also use juice in cartons or from concentrate. 

 * Blender
 * Fine-mesh sieve

1 1⁄2 tbsp unsweetened gelatin powder 22 mL
2 cups orange juice, divided 500 mL
3⁄4 cup chopped carrots 175 mL
1 cup water 250 mL
3 tbsp granulated sugar 45 mL
2 tbsp honey 30 mL

 1. In a large measuring cup, sprinkle gelatin over 1⁄2 cup (125 mL) orange juice. Set aside until gelatin is softened, about 3 minutes.

 2. In blender, purée carrots, 1⁄2 cup (125 mL) orange juice and water. Transfer to a saucepan and stir in sugar and honey. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes.

3. Place sieve over gelatin mixture and strain carrot mixture into it, pressing out as much juice and pulp as possible. Discard solids. Whisk until gelatin is thoroughly dissolved, about 1 minute. Whisk in remaining 1 cup (250 mL) orange juice. Set aside to cool.

 4. Give mixture a quick stir. Pour into molds and freeze until slushy, then insert sticks and freeze until solid, for at least 4 hours. If you are using an ice pop kit, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Excerpted from 150 Best Ice Pop Recipes by Andrew Chase © 2013 Robert Rose Inc. May not be reprinted without publisher permission.

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  1. I have seen home made Popsicle but nothing as good as this receipts and style thanks for sharing the receipts with us

  2. That sounds kind of weird, but it looks good.

  3. I like the idea of "Less-Drip" ice pops. I also like that I don't need a juicer to make the Carrot-Orange pops. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Ice pops are great! Full of variety and flavor - you can make them really healthy too, and kids will still enjoy them. Love that they are now coming up with such interesting combinations.
    Sherry Compton

  5. I love making my own popsicles. This book looks great.

  6. I love that these recipes are healthy, yet hidden so that kids will eat them. Love that honey is an ingredient instead of so much sugar!

  7. Drip-less! What a great idea - I always end up wearing at least half of my ice pops. And carrot - why did I never think of that before? ....duh....

  8. I love this recipe: I can drink all day many cups of carrot orange juice, but ice is better!

  9. eeeh, Carrot ice pops don't sound that appealing to me.

  10. Love that there's a section on less-drip ice pops! Carrot ice pops - I bet it's good.

  11. Carrots in an ice pop, never thought to add that, sounds yummy, I love carrots :)

  12. Thanks!!! I love your Carrot Orange Less-Drip Ice Pops!

  13. I wouldn't mind trying it, especially since I can't get my grandson to eat too many veggies. Love that this is no dripping. It may just work but won't know unless I try with him

  14. This looks like it might be tasty, and the kids would probably eat it because it's a hidden veggie!

  15. Such a good idea! my kids would love this!

  16. Love this, great way to include veggies in a frozen treat. I'm going to try this one soon. The hot weather means this will be a cool treat for afternoon delight.

  17. Love this, great way to include veggies in a frozen treat. I'm going to try this one soon. The hot weather means this will be a cool treat for afternoon delight.

  18. Its good they have less sugar, is the gelatin a must, i guess I could use agar powder to make it vegetarian friendly

  19. We are always looking for new ice pops to make!

  20. im going to try some of theses..thanks

  21. What a great recipe, going to be needing lots of these new recipes for the summer. Anything that includes veggies!!!!

  22. I am going to make these when the weather warms up,hopefully that will be soon,even tho we are excepting the storm of the season to roll in tomorrow ! thanks

  23. wow,these sound so good thanks for sharing (

  24. incredible! I have always been suspicious of freezies as they seem to have something in them that makes a person thirsty or craving another and knowing they have no nutrient value makes them nothing but expensive chemicals and sugar! Thanks for leaving this posted.

  25. sounds like a super book to have, especially if you have children in the house. I'm sure my grandchildren would love some of these to help them cool off - that is if summer ever arrives here :-)

  26. I want this book! My daughter is beyond picky! This is a great way to make sure she gets everything she needs

  27. This looks lovely! My family used to make ice pops with all different kinds of juice - the lemonade ones were always my absolute favourites!

  28. Oh those look so good...and I love that they have the carrots! What neat way to get extra vegetable servings in each day and the kids wont know! :)