When Mum called to ask if Bubs wanted a Zoku Quick Pop Maker, I said yes without a moment's hesitation and promised that I'd make plenty of popsicles for
"You've to use sugar in it, otherwise it won't freeze wan ah!" Mum warned because she knew I've a very low-sugar tolerance policy when it comes to Bubs and sweet treats.
"Don't worry, I promise!" I said, crossing my fingers.
Zoku is a very funky looking and what I call a *insert snooty tone here* high class popsicle maker. A friend asked what was the difference between this pricey little gadget and the RM5 versions from Daiso? This baby can make Popsicles in as little as 7 minutes, without batteries or electricity!
How does it work? It's a sturdy container (that comes in a rainbow assortment of colours) with non-stick cast aluminum well for the popsicle mold and some kind of liquid chemical inside it. When I took it out of the box, I shook it gently and could hear it sploshing around. You need to chuck the Zoku base in the freezer for a minimum of 24 hours.
|I tried a combination of Milo, milk and extra Milo powder|
Voila! Your very own home made popsicle. You could go wild and do pretty popsicles like lemon slices and mint leaves on the outside or striped popsicles, eg: layering different flavours together, kind of like a kek lapis but in an ice cream form.
- Mum was both right and wrong about the sugar. You need some form of sugar for it to work but it doesn't have to be the white powdered kind; honey and molasses work well too. Banking on the theory that most fruits have natural sugar, I tried using freshly juiced green apples undiluted and crossed my fingers - it worked!
- Do not pour past the fill line or you will have a tough time removing the sticks.
- The more liquid-y the filling, the less splatters and mess you'll get. I'm considering getting eyedroppers/turkey baster to minimise the spills.
- Be very gentle when removing the popsicles - the sticks are apparently easy to snap
- You don't need to wash the base between each use, the popsicles really do come out cleanly with minimal mess. If you need to wash them, wait for them to be completely thawed and then dry thoroughly before re-freezing the base.
This would make a perfect housewarming gift for anyone!