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Things I’ve Learned About The Zoku Popsicle Maker

BY La Jolla Mom

As you know, I bought the Zoku Quick Pop Maker from Williams-Sonoma. We’ve made a few more rounds of popsicles and I am getting more sold on it, despite the cost.

The popsicle on the left is the apple pie recipe from the Zoku Recipe Book. Honestly, I think it would be delicious and healthier to just use the apple part (1/2 cups each apple cider and applesauce, dash of cinnamon and spoonful of brown sugar) and graham cracker crumbs. The white part is half and half, vanilla and agave syrup. The different colored layers give it a fancier look, but skipping the white isn’t going to sacrifice taste.

The popsicle on the right is just organic strawberry lemonade from VONS. I thinly sliced the strawberry and smashed it to the side of the Zoku for decoration. This took a few minutes tops with almost no mess.

What I’ve Learned About The Zoku Popsicle Maker

1.  Larger families may need more than one Zoku.

I can hardly believe I’m saying this. But if you want to make the layered popsicles, they must be done in stages. Pour a layer and freeze. Pour a layer and freeze. One Zoku makes 3 popsicles and the recipes are for 6. If you have two Zokus, you could knock out 6 at the same time.  Otherwise, it would take twice as long to make 6. You get the picture.

2.  I dislike the taste of agave syrup.

It’s which is present in quite a few of the Zoku popsicle recipes.  I wrote an entire post above agave syrup and things you need to be aware of.

3. You need extra sticks and drip guards.

I just ordered some along with another storage case. I hate to admit that the guy at Williams-Sonoma was right about this.

4.  The thinner the juice, the easier it is to pour into the Zoku without touching the walls.

If you make your own, make sure it’s thin and strain out the chunks.

5. Young kids aren’t coordinated enough to help much.

While it is fun for La Jolla Girl to watch, she’s not coordinated enough to make the fancier popsicles. It’s all on me. She just arranges the decorative fruit, mixes juice if need be, and pours it into the Zoku if there are no layers involved.

But she seems just as happy to have an organic juice popsicle for a treat instead of a cookie. This is a victory.

Here’s the story of how I wound up buying it.

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4 thoughts on “Things I’ve Learned About The Zoku Popsicle Maker

  1. I actually Like the way they turn out when they are thick and chunky. I just throw about 3/4 cup fresh fruit (any fruit or combination of fruits) that you like with 2T of simple syrup (1/2 c water and 1/3 c sugar, heat til syrupy, about 5 minutes will net about 6T) plus 1t lemon or lime juice plus a tiny pinch of salt in the blender til mixed but still a bit chunky. This makes two pops. Use the pointy cups for filling and voila! Perfection on a stick. Do stripes and geometrics with the fun tools…only limited by your own creativity. Especially love mango, kiwi, strawberry stripes. Obviously one batch of each fruit recipe so you would get six stripped pops.I

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