Review summary: A beautiful book that will draw you and your family into the wonderful, and often healthy, world of ice pops.
Title: Ice Pop Joy by Anni Daulter; published by Sellers Publishing Inc. (March 11, 2011)
Cost: Around $15-16 on bookshop websites, but it’s older, so you’ll probably be able to find it used at a local bookstore near you for a lot less. This book is also on Kindle for under $9.00.
What’s covered in Ice Pop Joy:
Daulter offers some quick words about why your family should eat organic, fresh and healthy fare. This book is about ice pops, not a health text, so she doesn’t dwell on these topics, but does offer useful fast info.
Other topics covered in the book include…
- Tips for getting your kids to eat healthy.
- Ice pop practicalities – finding equipment, non-toxic ice pop molds and freezing tips.
- Sweeteners to use for ice pops.
- Ice pop recipes.
What I liked about Ice Pop Joy:
As in Daulter’s last book, Organically Raised: Conscious Cooking for Babies and Toddlers, the food photography takes center stage, this time with gorgeous images by Alexandra DeFurio. For people who aren’t at all interested in ice pops, you will be after a quick peek though this book. The beautiful images really draw you in.
- I love the section on how to get kids to eat healthy. One of my pet peeves is when experts tell parents to hide veggies or other healthy foods from kids. You might expect Daulter to do this; after all she’s technically smooshing veggies into icy popsicles. However, she recommends showing the kids exactly what you’re doing. She notes, “Don’t hide the ingredients from them. Let them see that you’re making the pops out of and talk about ingredients with your children.” I 100% agree. Her other tips about “starting over” with healthy foods for your kids are good as well.
- In my review for Organically Raised, I complained that Daulter didn’t explain the sweeteners very well. In Ice Pop Joy Daulter goes over three natural sweeteners, but this time in a little more detail, which is nice if you happen to be a newbie to natural sweeteners.
- There are 7 different ice pop chapters – pure fruit, veggie, yogurt, tofu, herbal, chocolate and specialty. Each chapter starts off with a little forward about the main ingredients. For example, the herbal pop chapter kicks off with herbal tea basics, where to get herbal tea, how to buy and store it and some other little tidbits. Daulter does this for each chapter, which is a nice touch.
- There’s a nice page of resources at the end, with info on where to get molds, chocolate and other items used for pops.
- Ice pop taste test – so far my son and I have made lots and lots of pops from this book and we’ve liked all of them. Having been making ice pops for a decade+ now, I can tell you that while we haven’t sampled all the recipes in Ice Pop Joy, most appear to be well thought out and are likely delicious. Check out the yummy gallery below to see some of the pops in this book.
What could be improved in Ice Pop Joy:
- Daulter recommends wooden sticks for pops, as they, “Lend an authentic and natural look to the finished pop.” Of course, I say you should go with a reusable mold, that comes with a reusable stick. Sure wooden sticks aren’t a huge deal if one kid uses them, but times all those sticks by all the kids in the world, and you’re looking at massive stick waste.
- One major perk of homemade ice pops is cost efficiency. I didn’t sit down with a calculator, but I’m guessing that Daulter’s recipes run a bit on the expensive side, so far as homemade ice pops go. Not all of them are more costly though.
- I disliked the references at the end. If you wanted to link to more information about healthy foods, BPA and other issues, there are plenty of amazing eco-experts and green bloggers online, yet Daulter prints links to places like eHow and Associated Content – really? Very bad choices for many of the references in my opinion.
- From what I can tell, the book isn’t printed on recycled paper.
- The book was printed and bound in China, meaning, it came a long way to get here.
4.5 out of 5 little ice pops!
I would have given this book a higher score if it was printed on recycled paper, but this book still scored high due to having very few cons. Homemade ice pops are one of the most eco-friendly treats you can invest in and it makes sense to have a great ice pop book on your bookshelf.
Overall – I recommend Ice Pop Joy as a book you buy vs. check out at the library, because I think you’ll use it again and again.