Take note of the title of this recipe: Popsicles, not ices.
This is how I understand it: The ice lollies on sticks are called ‘Popsicles’ and the ones in a tube are ‘freezies.’ In Brooklyn, however, both seem to be under the broad term ‘ices.’ I understand the name, ice pops, ices, but I still prefer my own labels which lead to this debate with a Brooklyner.
“I call them Popsicles because they come on Popsicle sticks,” I explained.
“You call them after a brand?” she said, puzzled.
“I guess, but that’s not a new thing. Kleenex is synonymous with tissues, and Ziplocs are plastic bags. It all makes more sense than your version. Why do you call them ISIS? Who would call a treat after terrorists?”
“It’s ices, not ISIS.”
“I know, I’m just making fun. After all, Isis is also the name of an ancient Egyptian goddess of magic and stuff. In fact, I used to think ISIS was called after Isis until I realized it was an acronym. It’s weird how ices, ISIS, and Isis sound the same. I’ll stick with Popsicle.”
I did not win that debate. I think I lost her when I started talking about Egypt.
There are many other slang words unique to Brooklyn, or perhaps the USA in general. Who knows what strange things lie beyond my igloo here in Canada in the metropolis of the States? For one, there’s the incessant road rage in New York, where people begin honking before the light turns green, or how J-walking is expected from pedestrians. Instead of Tim Hortons, there are Dunkin’ Donuts by every street corner, but I am not going to complain about that since they make very good macchiatos… but don’t tell Timmy I said that.
However, this is what confuses me the most whenever I travel and visit people in other places: You knock on the door, the host greets you, brings you inside, and you stand on the welcome mat, wondering desperately, “Shoes off or on?”
In Canada, or at least in Toronto, we take our shoes off. It’s a sign of courteousness from the guest who to keep the floor clear of outside dirt, and from the host who wants the guest to be comfortable. If a person leaves on their shoes, it can show disregard to the cleanliness of the home or a sign that he is not planning to stay long.
However, if the custom is to leave the shoes on and the guest takes them off, that could look brazen because he is making himself comfortable without invitation.
On top of all that, this dilemma occurs within the first few moments of entering a house; it’s a vital first impression. What do you do?
For one thing, you can play Sherlock Holmes. Insert a pipe in your mouth and deduce whether there are other shoes by the door. If there are, take yours off. If there are none, keep yours on, though there is the possibility that they keep their footwear in the closet. Then what? Is the host wearing shoes? Yes, keep yours on, but what if they are orthopedic shoes they must wear all the time? What if they are wearing slippers? Do slippers count as shoes or not?
Take out the pipe, since deducing like Sherlock Holmes isn’t working, and besides tobacco is bad for your health.
Instead, take the Watson approach. Ask very politely, “Should I remove my shoes?” and act accordingly with the answer. Case closed.
In conclusion, this recipe is called Popsicles because they come on sticks. Obviously. This is a perfect snack when you have too many bananas turning brown before you can eat them.
Choose whichever toppings you like, see options below. You can dip the entire pop in chocolate to make it a dessert, or drizzle with peanut butter for a wholesome snack. Whichever the case, these banana pops are fun and delicious, and that’s something the States and Canada can agree on.
Frozen Banana Popsicles
- Melted dark chocolate
- Natural peanut or almond butter (natural is must. Regular cannot be drizzled.)
- Coconut shavings
- Pumpkin or sunflower seeds
- Crushed nuts, such as pecans, almonds, cashews, walnuts, etc.
- Anything else you like!
- Cut the bananas in half and stick each half on a popsicle stick.
- Freeze the bananas for 6 hours or overnight until firm.
- Set the bananas on a pan and drizzle the chocolate and/or almond/peanut butter over them.
- Either press on the toppings or roll the bananas in them.
- Freeze for 30 minutes until the chocolate and nut butter has hardened.
- Eat immediately or store in the freezer.