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Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Minted Watermelon Pops and Fruity Frozen Yogurt Pops!




The people from Shrewd PR representing Eddingtons sent me some of their newest summer range of goods to test out the other day. I love it when that happens! I have had a lot of fun trying everything out.



First up was a lovely set of glass cruets . . . 4 in the beautifully shaped Firenze pattern and 4 in the Venezia pattern. Both came in a lovely assortment of colours . . . ruby red, pale yellow, bottle blue and light green. Not only are they beautiful to look at, but very useful as well. They have lovely pouring spouts and seals . . . just perfect for taking cold drinks on a picnic or for use as vinegar and oil cruets on the salad table! I just love them.



Included as well was this lovely Salad Spinner by Tovolo! Not only is it quite large in size, holding 5 quarts of salad leaves etc., but it is collapsible!! Yes, you are not imagining things. I did say that . . . it's completely collapsible.



Here it is flat! Only about 3 inches tall, and very easy to store, not taking up much space at all! That means a lot to me in my kitchen as I have very little storage space, so anything that doesn't take up a lot of room makes me happy.



It very quickly pops out into a full size salad spinner! Very attractive!! Some other features are:

1. Effortlessly fast spinning - does the job efficiently and quickly
2. Pull-string handle with in-built brake mechanism
3. Bowl makes an attractive salad server, too
4. Good quality, robust item which is built to last



It is very easy to use. The pull toggle is effortless and the button for stopping the spinning works really well also. I really, really like it!! I love Tovolo everything! Real quality stuff! I like the funky green colour as well. I tried to take a movie of me spinning it, but . . . it's hard to pull the cord and press record on my camera at the same time. It just wasn't happening!

They also sent some lovely Tovolo Ice Lolly Molds.

The Jewel Pop Molds are not only cute but fun as well. They look like big diamond rings. I just know the kiddies will love iced treats made in these!



I made some little adult type of Watermelon ices in them for today. You could do any flavour you want and they are just a nice small size and so fun to wear!



*Minted Watermelon Pops*
Makes 8
Printable Recipe

Easy to make, low in fat and beautifully refreshing!

1 1/2 pound of seedless watermelon, rind removed and flesh cut into 1 inch dice
2 TBS sugar
a handful of mint leaves, minced (about 1/4 cup)
2 tsp finely grated fresh lemon zest
pinch salt

Place the melon and sugar into a blender. Blitz until smooth. Stir in the mint, lemon zest and salt. Pour the puree into 8 popsicle molds and freeze until hard, about 3 hours. Use within a week.

They also sent a set of Ice Cream Pops freeze molds. They are so cute! They look just like Ice Cream Cones!



I did some really fun frozen Yogurt pops in them! They turned out really nice too! I did layers with the top layer being apricot and the bottom layer, summer berries. They can be low fat as well, especially if you use the low fat yogurt.



*Fruity Frozen Yogurt Pops*
Makes 8
Printable Recipe

Creamy and refreshing and good for you too, especially if you use low fat yogurt!

1 cup of fresh ripe fruit, chopped ( nectarines, mango, pineapple, strawberries, kiwi, etc.)
12 fluid ounces of plain yogurt ( 1 1/2 cups. I like Greek)
3 fluid ounces of liquid honey (1/3 cup)
1 tsp vanilla

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth. Pour into 8 popsicle (ice lolly) molds. Insert sticks and then freeze for 4 hours until frozen solid.

Note: I like to use two kinds of fruit, so I divide everything in half and the fruit in half as well, blitzing twice, once with half the ingredients and one type of fruit, and then the second time with the other half of the ingredients and another type of fruit. I then layer them into the popsicle molds. Top with the lids and freeze.

I was a little concerned that they might be difficult to release, but both types released very easily and I ended up with perfect ice lollies! I was most impressed!

Each mold can be reoved separately, so you can enjoy one pop at a time, and the built in drips guards put an end to sticky fingers!

So you can see I am all set now for some summer fun! Many thanks to the people at Eddingtons and Shrewd PR for allowing me try these lovely things out! I was very impressed with everything and highly recommend!

10 comments:

Julie Harward said...

So, you get to keep all of this too right..awesome. I love the yogurt pops and these are just in time because my doctor told me to eat a lot of yogurt this week! :D

Traci said...

I love those pop molds! What fun!

A Vintage Chic said...

You just have lots of fun, don't you, Marie?! I'm so glad you get to play with all of these wonderful products--you certainly do them proud, my friend!

Love those pops--they all look so refreshing and delicious!

Just catching up tonight after a trip down to southern California for Easter...just got home tonight!

LOVE those baking powder biscuits--one of my favorite things on earth! I love mine, but I'll just bet yours are better--can't wait to try your recipe!

Hope your Easter was just lovely. Lots of love sent your way tonight, dear friend of mine...

Julie

Tara said...

Great ideas!!

laurie said...

those are beautiful Marie,, look so good.You displayed their products beautifully,, makes me think of summer.A far cry from the kool aide ones we used to make,,,

Karen Harris said...

I just purchased some adorable little molds like yours in anticipation of warm weather and strawberries from the farmers' market. I hear England is having some lovely weather so I bet your watermelon pops were so refreshing.

Peggy said...

Do you know I have been eyeing this very salad spinner? However when I read the reviews there seems to be an issue with the cord breaking within a matter of months. Currently we are in the process of downsizing a bit and eliminating clutter which means I would love to replace my old spinner. Would it be possible to keep us informed of the continued performance of your salad spinner in the coming months? Thank you so very much!

Tracy said...

YUM... and so pretty too! A tastes of summer... mmm... :o) Happy Day, dear Marie ((LOVE & HUGS))

Lisa said...

These pops look sooo good.

sigithermawan12 said...

love this menu...
i'ts cool..