Little known fact about me and my family. We’re very big on making our own smoothies and popsicles. I don’t talk about it much on here mainly because I don’t consider myself a food blogger and I find photographing food – especially meltable food – to be an epic skill set on its own that I have not mastered.
I mean just shooting these was like a work of art set to a timer.
I know, as a blogger I have failed you for not sharing easy fun recipes to entertain your kids with (as the uncomplicated recipes are the ones I live for). I should have had a fancy A/C freezer temperature chilled room where I could have staged them with additional herbs, more lemon slices and possible some perfectly melted puddle coming from the popsicles. But seriously now folks, the closest thing I have to a studio in our home are my white boards and natural kitchen window light. That and my 3 year old who hovered over my shoulders the entire time I tried to take photos of them and saying “So when do I get to have one?”
So you get this. My attempt at not having the popsicles melt in hot daylight on a bed of ice.
I will say though both of these are easy to make. Super easy. They involve 2 ingredients and your kids can help you make them.
I did two different versions to show you how this particular food dye colour can be used to create either a more turquoise shade or an aqua blue shade. I am shamelessly experimenting for my older daughter’s camping party coming this late summer where most of the party theme will be blue and white.
Popsicle Recipe # 1
Made with Fresca Original Citrus soda and Wilton Sky Blue Icing (food) Gel colouring
Pour approximately 2 cups of Fresca into your measuring cup and then using a skewer, dab – let me repeat that dab – one dot of Wilton colouring at a time to get your desire shade. Mix well in between dabs (this is a gel colouring not drops of colour that you can drop in). You will need 3 max 4 dabs to get this beautiful turquoise shade.
Pour into your popsicle molds, freeze and enjoy. If you prefer to not use soda but still want to get this turquoise shade, you can also use lemonade or a yellow based lemon lime drink.
Popsicle Recipe # 2
Made with PC (Presidents Choice) Spritz UP lemon lime soda and Wilton Sky Blue Icing (food) Gel colouring.
This soda is a clear lemon lime soda and the same steps apply as above. Using a skewer dab the colouring into the soda and mix well until you get your desired shade. This is a more true to colour match of the Sky Blue colouring.
I did not photoshop the colours. I just replicated the shots with the different set of popsicles so I could show you the colour differences in the gel colouring as I am always curious to see what the actual product looks like versus the colour charts in the stores.
Want to see what they look like outside in the hot sunlight causing you to wish you were somewhere on a beach with one of these by your side in a cooler?
My kids of course each preferred one over the other.
I found that you could probably add an additional 1/2 cup to full cup of water to each mix and still have the flavour remain as they were pretty sweet. Which makes sense why my kids loved them.
Kids liking sweet treats and sugar? Yeah that never happens. Then again my 3 year old doesn’t like chocolate. I’m still trying to sort out how that is even possible.
PS – thanks for bearing with my on my food photography experiment. Wait till I try posting about the smoothies…
But in the meantime, go and check out my fellow bloggers great recipe on our Cool Summer Treats blog hop!
From Left to Right they are:
Lemon Lime Popsicles by northstory