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“These are so cool!” – words straight from my god-daughter, Alyssa, as we pulled these pops out of the Zoku Quick Pop™ Maker the other night. I had been playing around with some flavor combinations and fruit add-ins since I opened my Zoku Quick Pop™ Maker a few weeks ago and I knew that Alyssa and her sister Kendra would get a kick out of these pink pops with the bright strawberry slices in them!
My friend Nikki and her husband, David brought the girls over and we did a little experimenting with these pops and some Grape Strawberry Pops! I still get giddy when it comes time to “reveal” the pops once they’re frozen! haha! I mean, seriously, who wouldn’t get excited over that pop up there! 🙂 Not to mention it only takes like 7 minutes for them to freeze, which means I don’t have to sit around forever waiting on them, which is perfect for someone like me who literally has zero patience. Which I suppose also makes this perfect for kids because you don’t have to wait hours for the pops to freeze. Really, what little kid wants to wait hours for a popsicle?
I’ve been eyeing this Zoku Quick Pop™ Maker since I first saw it in a Williams-Sonoma store in Wilmington a few years back. It looked like so much fun and I loved flipping through the idea books and looking at all of the accessorizes that came with it.
Have you seen the videos on YouTube? They’re quite amazing. The most creative I’ve gotten with the pop maker is adding slices strawberries and slices of banana to mine but I’m already planning on buying their character kit and I can only imagine my inner 5 year old self will be going crazy! haha
I’ve been itching to get one of these for a few years, so what took me so long to try one out? The answer is simple and honest. It was the price. I loved everything about this pop maker, except for the price tag. I would stare at it in the shop windows, I would gaze at it as I stood in the store trying to pry the money from my wallet. But I just couldn’t. (I am the guilt master when it comes to talking myself out of buying things. Ask my husband, I’ll pick up and put down a $1.00 bottle of water 5 times before I decide to get it haha)
But the past few weeks have changed my mind. Zoku was sweet enough to send me a Zoku Quick Pop™ Maker to review and after using it over the past week, I feel like it is worth that price tag. I’m not just saying that because they sent this to me either. I feel that if I had been able to see the pop maker in action in real life that I would have bought one of these years ago. The Zoku Quick Pop™ Maker freezes the pops in about 7 minute right here on the counter (don’t have to stick it back in the freezer and wait hours for the pops) and it’s nicely made in my opinion.
The convenience part is what I really liked about it and was the main reason I fell in love with it. I can pull this pop maker out of the freezer and have homemade pops within minutes, which is perfect when I’m craving one “right now” or want to make a few for my god-daughters or for my niece when they’re at the house.
The fruit juice pops that we have made take about 7 minutes to freeze, well 7 – 10 minutes depending on if it’s the first or second batch. (You can make about 9 pops each time you use it before having to re-freeze it)
For the yogurt base pops and pudding pops, I tend to leave them in for about 10-15 minutes because they’re thicker and I want to make sure that they’re frozen all the way before trying to pull them out.
So let’s get onto this Pop Maker and let me show it to you.
|I even got one in my favorite color!!!|
The Zoku Quick Pop™ Maker set comes with 1 Quick Pop Maker, 6 sticks, 6 drip guards, and 1 Super Tool. (The super tools is what helps remove the pops from the pop maker)
It also comes in a rainbow of colors! The pop maker comes in blue, purple, red, orange green and white.
Look at those cute designs on the sticks!
My favorite pops that we’ve made so far have been the Pink Lemonade Strawberry Pops that I have pictured throughout this post.
They are so super simple to make but come out so pretty!
What you’ll need:
What to do:
Place the Zoku Quick Pop™ Maker into the freezer for 24 hours. Remove Zoku Quick Pop™ Maker from freezer and set on a flat surface.
Tilt the Zoku Quick Pop™ Maker onto it’s side. Carefully balance a strawberry slice on the flat end of a butter knife. Slide the strawberry into the mold, life up and press the strawberry slice onto the side of the mold. Add two or three strawberries to each mold cavity.
Insert one stick into each mold. Fill each mold with Raspberry Lemonade, until the “Fill Line” is reached. Do not over fill!
Set a timer for 7 minutes. The pops will freeze right there in the Zoku Quick Pop™ Maker. You’ll be able to see them freezing. (Mine only take about 7 minutes to freeze, if it still looks like the pops are not completely frozen, wait until you can see that they’re completely frozen before trying to remove them)
Once they’re frozen, screw the Super Tool on to the handle of the first stick. Twist clockwise until the pop is loosened. Unscrew the Super Tool and remove it from the pop stick.
Snap the drip tray onto to the stick. (Which I totally forgot to do when I took pictures!)
Remove pops and enjoy! (Use the Super Tool to remove each pop)
Have you tried the Zoku Quick Pop™ Maker? Do you have one? I’d love to hear what you have to say about it. Ooo and if you have any super awesome pop recipes that you’ve tried, send them over! haha
I was sent a Zoku Quick Pop™ Maker to review, but was not compensated for this post. All opinions are 100% mine 🙂