Popsicles and Plastics Go Hand in Hand

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| Source: Canadian Plastics Industry Association

TORONTO, July 23, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In the past, popsicles were just for the kids. Not anymore! Popsicles today are as diverse as the many flavours you can use to create them and they're easy to make on your own!

There are lots of new ideas for fruity and creamy creations that use plastic cups as molds or plastic popsicle molds that you can buy almost anywhere—some of them even have some really neat innovative features like built in straws or unique shapes. Why not try something new!

Here are some ideas.

TRICKS FOR FAST, EASY POPSICLES

1. Use chilled ingredients when you can so your pops freeze faster. Allow pops to set up and freeze a bit before inserting the sticks so they will stay centred.
2. If you are layering flavours or colours, you have to allow the first layer to freeze completely.
3. If you are using fruit or other add-ins in a juice based liquid, it will usually float to the top of the cup- which will be the bottom of the pop. If you want it to be distributed throughout the whole popsicle, you have to add it as they set up.
4. When using fruit or mix-ins with a cream based pop, it will usually stay suspended throughout the pop.
5. If you are using crumbs or sprinkles, add a bit of liquid to them and allow them to freeze completely before adding the other layers.
6. Anything with a high fat content like heavy cream or Half and Half tastes great- but won't set up as hard as whole milk will so use it in moderation or you will have a difficult time getting the pops to release from the mold.
7. Fruit juice and tea freeze very hard so add some water and a bit of sugar before freezing.
8. Fresh fruits freeze well and taste great. Puree the fruit and add a little agave nectar, simple syrup, or honey to sweeten. Artificial sweeteners don't freeze well for some reason.  You can also use infused simple syrup- like mint or vanilla to make the fruits really exotic and full of flavour.
9. If you want to add pop to your pops, it's better to let them go flat first or you'll have lots of bubbles in the texture and they'll probably overflow in the freezing process.
10. Leave a little room at the top of the mold because the liquids will expand when they begin to freeze and spill over unless you allow some room.
11. Alcohol does not completely freeze. If you want to make adult versions of your pops, you'll need to dilute the liquor with some fruit juice or water. You can make the pops with very light liquor then serve the pops in a pretty glass with a shot of the chilled libation.
12. To remove pops from plastic molds or cups, very quickly dip them in warm water or rub between your palms for a couple of seconds and they should release.

MOLDS FOR FROZEN POPS

You can use small plastic cups for frozen treats because they have a wide mouth so they are easy to pour and layer. Small plastic cups are the perfect serving size, they store easily, and you can wash them to use them over and over again. They also help keep melting pops from making a huge mess and still look very pretty in a bowl full of ice for serving, especially the clear plastic ones.

There are also lots of innovative popsicle molds on the market like these fun tray and straw molds which allow you to sip the popsicle as it melts.

COCKTAIL POPSICLES

Another big trend is cocktail popsicles. Freeze your favourite cocktail into a frosty bite. You can serve these in cups, cocktail glasses, or on a big tray of ice. Remember that alcohol does not completely freeze so you do need some other ingredients and limit the amount of alcohol in the pop.  Everyone loves this and it is so refreshing as a dessert after a heavy meal or to start the party rocking on a hot night.  If you have kids, be sure to clearly mark your adult pops and keep them away from the little ones, or use special pop holders so there's no confusion and children don't grab the wrong treat.

Today's intelligent plastics are vital to the modern world. These materials enhance our lifestyles, our economy and the environment. For more information visit www.intelligentplastics.ca.

Darlene Gray
Canadian Plastics Industry Association
905.678.7748 ext. 239