Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Homemade popsicles

It hasn't exactly been "popsicle weather" around here lately, but that hasn't stopped us from experimenting with a bunch of homemade popsicle recipes.  The kids love having popsicles (there's just something about a popsicle that's so much fun), and I like making our own so I can make them a bit healthier than the store-bought ones.  Here's the recipes we've tried out so far:

Lime in the Coconut Yogurt Pops

I shared the link to this recipe before, but I'll share it again - you can find the recipe here.  I thought these were so good, but Carey wasn't too much of a fan (he's not a big coconut fan, so I guess it wasn't too much of a surprise).  The Greek yogurt makes these really creamy and gives you a little extra protein.

Chocolate Fudge Popsicles

These were a big hit (no surprise!), and I thought they tasted as good, or better, than store-bought Fudgesicles.  You can find the recipe here.  There's not really anything healthy about this recipe (other than the milk!), but at least you can feel good about the fact that you're just using simple ingredients (that you probably have on hand already), and not a bunch of unpronounceable, mystery ingredients (she lists the ingredients in store-bought fudgesicles below the recipe, if you're interested).

Strawberry Popsicles

These ones disappeared before I could get a picture of them, but you can find the recipe (and some lovely pictures of them) here.  These were really good, and just 3 simple ingredients - strawberries, lemon juice and honey.  I can't wait to try them again with some delicious, local strawberries which should be in season soon!

Pineapple Orange Banana Popsicles

Again, no picture of our batch, but there are lots of great pictures, and the recipe, here.  The great thing about this recipe is that it just uses fruit, so you could even eat these for breakfast!  We haven't done that yet, but Annika thought the idea of eating popsicles for breakfast was a good one. :)  I'll admit, these weren't my favorite (too "banana-y" for me), but I'd like to try out other "only fruit" recipes because I love the idea of a healthy snack that seems like such a treat.

On a side note....
You may have noticed that I only included links to the recipes, and not the actual recipes, in this post.  I did that very deliberately.  I felt that it wouldn't be right to copy the recipes and publish them here, given that I didn't come up with them (and didn't make any changes to them).  Even if I provided the link with the recipe, you'd really have no incentive to visit the original site, since I'd have given you all the info that you need, and I would be "stealing" pageviews from the people who actually came up with these recipes.  It may not seem like a big deal to some of you, but I've been thinking a lot lately about these kind of things (especially since Pinterest seems to be covered with images and links that aren't giving proper credit where it is due), and I just wanted to do my part.  What are your thoughts on the issue?  Given how a recipe can be passed around, copied and handed down, does it really matter who came up with it in the first place?


Melissa said...

I post recipes all the time on my blog, I always try to link back to the source I got the recipe from though.

Honestly I think that it's probably a long chain of sources from the "original" person who is due the real credit. But I think if we link to or try our best to give credit where credit is due that is all anyone can ask for:)

I sleep well at night, so for me I am content in giving credit but also posting the recipe:)

Shawna said...

Thanks for the tasteful post Pam!! Now I need to go make some. By the way where did you get your pop molds?

LaughingLady said...

Sorry, I saw the words "Lime in the Coconut" and completely forgot about reading anything else! I immediately pinned them for future reference on Pinterest. There is just something so perfect about lime and coconut together!

But about posting recipes... It is virtually impossible to trace "original" sources for recipes, which is why they cannot be copyrighted. Even the most creative, innovative chefs get their ideas from SOMEWHERE. There is nothing actually illegal about writing out recipes for your own posts, but if you're goin' for classy and you found the recipe online, then it's better to link to the page where you found it rather. (and it's a whole lot less typing, too!)

pam said...

Shawna - I think I got the molds at Walmart, but it was a few years ago. I recently bought more at Dollarama, but I don't like them as much (they aren't as big!). :)

Tenille said...

my kids love homemade popsicles. My husband has a great one with jello and flavored juice crystals. I might have to try the strawberry one, as we'll have tons of strawberries too soon when the season opens.