Keeping Cool: Zoku Pops 3 Ways

June 20, 2014 § 1 Comment

We finally did it….we broke down and bought an air conditioner for our bedroom. It was one 80+ degree day too many and I couldn’t take stepping into the sauna that was our house any more. And wow, was it a good choice, because now the majority of our house feels like the Arctic Tundra, just how Grant and I like it!

On hot days there is nothing better than a frozen treat to cool you down. And that is why I am borderline obsessed with the Zoku pop maker. A few years ago I was with my mom at one of my favorite stores ever, Sur La Table. (Isn’t that store just amazing??) I came across the Zoku Quick Pop Maker and was immediately drawn to its pretty colors and the possibility of freezing anything and everything into a popsicle.. (coffee pop anyone? gatorade-sicle? ) I totally broke the top edge off of mine a while back, because I am the clumsiest person on Earth and dropped it. For the record, it survived the fall with just cosmetic damages and still works like a champion.

Zoku

Before I give you three super awesome recipes for this bad boy I will give you some tips that I wish someone had told me before making my first pop:

  1. Put the stick in and THEN pour your mix in. If you don’t do this, your popsicle will never come out and then you will be a sad panda because you will have to run water over the whole thing and defrost it then go through another 24 hours before you can use it again. And you totally don’t want that. It works best if you make your mix in a bowl with a spout, or right in your measuring cup.
  2. If you can afford the version that freezes more than one at once, get it!! It will be worth it, especially because most recipes make at least 3 pops each. Also, it would be a great idea to get the extra set of 6 sticks, because you will definitely use them.
  3. The pops with layers in them will take longer…so be patient…but you can totally speed up the process by sticking the whole thing in the freezer for a couple of minutes.
  4. And finally…these recipes will obviously work in ANY popsicle maker/mold, so feel free to use these recipes with any mold!!

So I will present you with three recipes today: Banana Cream Pie Pop, Strawberry Lemonade Pop and Nutella Fudgesicle Pop.

Banana Cream Pie Pop

Banana Cream Pie 2

Ingredients (yields 3 pops)Banana Cream Pie 1

  • 4 oz vanilla pudding cup (you can use banana pudding, too I am just not a fan of faux-nana flavor)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 banana

Instructions

  1. Scoop out the vanilla pudding into a small bowl or measuring cup and add 1/2 cup of the milk. Stir until pudding is mixed into milk.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the graham cracker crumbs and 1 tbsp of milk together. If you don’t add a little moisture to the crumbs, they will fall out of your popsicle.
  3. Remove the frozen Zoku Quick Pop Maker from your freezer.
  4. Slice one banana into thin slices, about 1/8″ in thickness. If they are too thick, the popsicle sticks will not fit properly.
  5. Using the Zoku Wand or other kitchen utensil, place a couple of banana slices on the walls of the pop maker. I used the back of the wand to gently press the banana slices to ensure they were firmly attached.
  6. Place the popsicle sticks into the mold. Pour the pudding mixture into the molds until they are filled halfway.
  7. Place about a teaspoon of the moistened graham crumbs on top of the pudding layer, using a knife or skewer to gently press them down. Allow to set 3 to 4 minutes.
  8. When the first layer is almost set, fill the molds to the fill line with the rest of the pudding mixture. Sprinkle a few graham cracker crumbs on top and allow to freeze for another 7 minutes.
  9. Using the Zoku Super Tool, remove the popsicles from the unit and enjoy! You can store them in the Zoku Storage Case or a Ziploc Freezer bag in your freezer to be enjoyed at a later time!

Strawberry Lemonade Pop

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Ingredients (yields 3 pops)

  • 1 TBSP lemonade mix
  • 1 TBSP sugar
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 strawberry, sliced thinly

Instructions

  1. Mix one tbsp lemonade mix of your choice, one tbsp sugar, and one cup cold water in a bowl.
  2. Remove the frozen Zoku Quick Pop Maker from your freezer.
  3. Slice one strawberry into thin slices, about 1/8″ in thickness. If they are too thick, the popsicle sticks will not fit properly.
  4. Using the Zoku Wand or other kitchen utensil, place a couple of strawberry slices on the walls of the pop maker. I used the back of the wand to gently press the banana slices to ensure they were firmly attached.

StrawLem2

  1. Place the popsicle sticks into the mold. Pour the lemonade mixture into the molds until they are filled to the fill line.

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  1. Using the Zoku Super Tool, remove the popsicles from the unit and enjoy! You can store them in the Zoku Storage Case or a Ziploc Freezer bag in your freezer to be enjoyed at a later time!

Nutella Fudgesicle Pop

Ingredients (yields 3 pops)

  • 1/3 cup Nutella
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4oz vanilla pudding cup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup mashed banana (optional)

Instructions

  1. Mix 1/3 cup nutella, and one cup milk in a bowl, stir until combined.
  2. In another small bowl scoop out the vanilla pudding and add 1/2 cup of the milk. Stir until pudding is mixed into milk.
  3. (optional) Add mashed banana to vanilla pudding mixture.
  4. Remove the frozen Zoku Quick Pop Maker from your freezer.
    Zoku Frozen
  5. Place the popsicle sticks into the mold. Pour the Nutella mixture into the molds until they are filled a third of the way up. Allow to set 2-3 minutes.
  6. Pour 1/3 of the vanilla pudding mixture and allow to set 2-3 minutes
  7. Pour the remaining amount of Nutella mixture to the fill line and allow to set 2-3 more minutes
  8. Using the Zoku Super Tool, remove the popsicles from the unit and enjoy! You can store them in the Zoku Storage Case or a Ziploc Freezer bag in your freezer to be enjoyed at a later time!

 

I hope you all enjoy these recipes because we sure did! If you have any questions, or just want to tell me if you tried these out, don’t hesitate to leave a comment! And in closing, I will leave you with two pictures of Romeo, after his first bath at home yesterday….He ended up actually liking the bath, it was a hot day and it must have cooled him off! (I think he wanted to jump back in…)

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