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Toasted Coconut Popsicles {Perth Food Photography}

This month has been a bit of a disaster in more ways than one and it seems fitting that my food photography project didn’t quite turn out either! The challenge for this month with the ladies of The Inspired Plate was to photograph something that was frozen. Here in Perth, it’s the middle of winter but I love eating frozen treats all year around! I have been obsessed with coconut recently and I’d always wanted a popsicle mould so I settled on the idea of coconut popsicles.

Full disclosure here: I am not such a fan of the popsicles I made, something went wrong with these popsicles and they wouldn’t fully unmould! So here are the deformed half-popsicles that I did my best to style up this month :)

toasted coconut popsicles

I found the recipe for toasted coconut popsicles here if you want to give it a go yourself! Maybe you’ll have some more luck than I did ;) I accidentally added too much condensed milk and then I tried adding more of the other ingredients to balance it out but I think my proportions were off. I think that was why I had problems with unmoulding and they tasted way too sweet – I ate half of one popsicle and put the rest in the bin ^^;  I would have also preferred no dessicated coconut in the actual popsicle mixture but that is personal preference!

toasted coconut popsicles

Can’t wait to play more with possible popsicle flavours now I have a popsicle maker! I love the shape of this mould that I found, it is the Norpro Ice Pop Maker if you are curious! I much preferred the look of this mould to the other plastic ones I found online, I wanted that classic waved-edge rectangle shape with a wooden popsicle handle :)

toasted coconut popsicles

If I make coconut popsicles again, I’ll buy some real coconuts, borrow my mum’s massive cleaver to crack them open and freeze the juice & meat from real coconuts instead – it will be a lot more fresh and nutritious.

Finally, I added a pullback shot in here for people curious about my setup! There was a LOT of sun beaming into the room giving an unpleasantly harsh and yellow light, so I pinned up a white bedsheet to diffuse the light and get rid of the yellow cast :) See below:

popsicle pullback - ps I made a font on my ipad

Please be sure to follow the circle around to the amazing Jayme Franklin, San Francisco Food Photographer – I love seeing what she does every month, she has an amazing eye for food photography :)

Until next time,

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  • June 24, 2013 - 10:10 pm

    Tammy Bilodeau - Well I think your did a great job Sab. Even though it didn’t turn out the way you wanted, they are still yummy looking and the light you used was awesome. I wonder where you found those fun mouldS at? I have searched everywhere for them,and have yet to see any.

  • June 24, 2013 - 10:13 pm

    Allison Jacobs - Wow, Sab, even if they didn’t taste great I would never know from the photos! The photos turned out great- I love the old school Popsicle sticks (we have one of the new makers that uses the plastic handles!). Thanks for the pullback shot too…I love seeing how people set everything up!

  • June 24, 2013 - 10:34 pm

    Kat - I think it’s great that you went ahead and shared despite the setbacks. The toasted coconut gives them a rustic feeling which is bouyed up by the rustic feel of the popsicles.

  • June 25, 2013 - 8:51 am

    Sab - Tammy – Thank you :) I got it off Amazon actually! Shipping will be a lot cheaper for you ;) http://www.amazon.com/Norpro-423-Ice-Pop-Maker/dp/B0002IBJOG

  • June 25, 2013 - 8:55 am

    Sab - Allison – Thank you, glad you enjoyed the setup picture! Hehe maybe it was a blessing in disguise that they only half-unmoulded and I added too much dessicated coconut… more texture to photograph?

  • June 25, 2013 - 8:56 am

    Sab - Kat – I was going for that textured, home-madey sort of feel, thank you! :)

  • June 25, 2013 - 9:04 pm

    Stacey - Fabulicious Sab! Love the styling and the pullback is awesome!! :)

  • June 26, 2013 - 11:29 am

    Jayme F. - Whether they tasted great or not, you sure made them look tasty. I love the shape of the pops you found, and the especially vintage feel with the wooden sticks! Thank you also for the pullback, I love seeing how others work!

  • July 14, 2013 - 8:35 pm

    Sab - Thank you Jayme!

  • July 14, 2013 - 8:45 pm

    Sab - Stacey – Thank you, I learn so much from other people’s pullbacks, so I hope mine are helpful too!

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