My sister had sent Marlowe a Zokufor Christmas. It was a huge joy to open up the package and start drooling about popsicles. I opened the box, put the parts away, put the pop-maker in the freezer, and left it there…. for about 2 months. (In case you don’t know… a zoku is a quick pop maker. Pour filling in. Sit and stare are it for seven minutes. SEVEN! That’s it and popsicles are ready!). Popsicle fail. Why I didn’t use this brilliant machine (made for impatient people) sooner, is beyond me. I obviously needed to work on my popsicle making planning. Well, for the past two weeks I’ve had the biggest cravings for anything cold. COLD COLD COLD: Salads, gazpacho, ice cream (with a warm gooey brownie— okay, not so cold, but the ice cream would make up for it– in my head at least), and POPSICLES. I decided this week was the week. It needed to happen. Then I realized I had no idea what I was doing. I had lost the instructions— which I’m pretty sure included some recipes. Woops. Then, I remembered Shervin and Emily posting on Instagram how sometimes they just pour juice right into the molds and BAM instant treat. I thought: *easy enough*… and well, it totally was. For me, a mixture of: water, lemonade, sliced strawberries and blueberries. For Marlowe: water, apple juice, bananas (ew), and smashed blueberries. BAM popsicle. I don’t know if it is possible, but I think I have now become addicted to popsicle making. The mold has to refreeze for 24 hours before you can make more, but that’s probably a good thing, it prevents me from overdosing on popsicles.
piggy wasn’t happy with just one. I let her have a few nibbles, and took mine back. sharing is caring.
Today I made one of watermelon juice, lemonade, and chopped cucumber and two of strawberry (almond milk) yogurt, apple juice, and bananas (ew). You better believe I am looking forward to eating that tomorrow after work 🙂

If there are any of you who are a bit more skilled in the art of popsicle making (zoku owners or not), please, please throw your suggestions and advice at me. I am a novice in the fabulous world of instant popsicles and would love (a million more) recipe ideas!

Also, another question for zoku owners, is it possible to make two batches from one machine freezing? Or is it not cold enough at that point? Also, if any of you have gotten completely crafty and made the striped, patterned, or filled ones, I would LOVE to see them!


***OH MAN. PS. Thank you thank you thank you for all of you who voted for ohdeardrea on topbabyblogs. We are currently number one! A year and a half ago I never would have imagined that could happen! Thank you for making this happen! I very obviously couldn’t have done it without your support! 🙂 ***

24 Comments

  1. My Zoku has been sitting on the shelf for months because we ran out of room in the freezer… Now I really want to make room for it again! As for making extra popsicles, I'm pretty sure you can make two batches at once. Zoku makes a freezer tray holder thingy (see here: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/zoku-quick-pop-storage-case/ ) that will hold the popsicles upright so that you can keep 6 (I think) ready and waiting in the freezer. It's a little pricey, but super convenient.

  2. Watermelon, lemonade and cucumber sounds absolutely delicious!

    Almond milk with raspberry would be delicious too.

  3. I love anything cold and sweet, especially popsicles. The popsicles you made sound so amazing and now I must look up this instant popsicle maker!

  4. @joan: YESSSSSSS. even more fun!

    @kelly: your essay didn't get deleted. I posted this of the two comments… so I can go back to it later and look at all your amazing suggestions! thank you! I'm going to check ou the link soon too! Thank you!

    @shannon: true story: I don't think I've ever bought a plum. Well, maybe one Weird, right? It's probably time I do it. And I will most def. have to get that book! I love love love gourmet pop shops!

    @brenda: totally! And thank you! 🙂

    @elizabeth: I'm actually REALLY looking forward to making some with coconut milk! so creamy and delicious!

    @hanguptheheels: but it's still SO SHORT! I've always had boob length hair and right before I got pregnant with M I was frustrated, put it in pigtails, and chopped off 11 inches… then cut off even more a later year, right after M. ugh. shouldn't have.

    @yellowfinchdesign: step sister, but she is awesome. And not a huge phish phan. A zoku would be good for you. Three spaces for thee popsicles and three hungry mouths.

  5. wait a minute… you have a sister?? i didn't know that!! how did i miss that? i only know about your awesome brother who has fabulous taste in music….. lol 😉

    ya, i almost got one of these for the kids for xmas and i should have. we just went with the traditional popsicle maker and the kids are so impatient.

    sounds like you have some good recipes already! i made some cucumber mint ones over the summer. they were tasty and refreshing, you could do mint and strawberry or even basil and strawberry.

  6. I make a smoothie in the mornings for breakfast. The leftover (because I always get too zealous with my fruit and make a wee bit too much!) gets poured into popcicle molds and eaten as an afternoon snack or given as a health treat for a little teething baby I know to suck on. I dig banana, pineapple, mango and orange. I only put a little banana in there since its not my fav but it works well as a cheap, healthy filler 🙂

  7. Watermelon juice & lemonade sounds amazing! I need one of these.

  8. Honeydew melon & coconut or almond milk. Whir em in the blender first. Or any agua fresca variation. Man, I want Popsicles now.

  9. I might have to invest in a Zoku for my teething baby. It has not been fun.

    Congrats on being #1! You deserve it.

  10. We always just used to pop our favorite yogurt in them. Love home made popsicles!

  11. Ice Cream, That sounds like Yum Yum…Pretty Funny and Creative at the time same time… Great work!

  12. First off CONGRATS on being number one! I may or not may not have been abusing the "like" button on top baby blogs. 🙂 AND I may or may not have some recipes for Popsicle, that may or may not be vegan and gluten free that I may or may not love. (p.s. these are ALLLLL definite mays!)

    ** watermelon puree (or watermelon juice/bits if you don't have time) and a splash of orange juice or lemonade is AMAZING (sometimes, when I have a sweet tooth, I sprinkle in some sugar.)

    ** watermelon, lemon juice & raspberries are really good (juices or bits)

    ** kiwi fruit, cranberry juice & raspberries are amazing!

    ** tangerine and or mango, lemon juice, grapefruit juice and or bits & orange juice.

    ** honeydew melon, lemonade and fresh basil = DELISH

    ** mango, coconut milk & juices to your likin' (I dig cranberry)

    ** grapefruit juice, orange juice, lemon juice and some chopped up tangerine. (freaking amazing. it's like a citrus explosion of amazing-ness on ice in your mouth.)

    ** coconut, water, pineapple juice, lemon juice & orange juice are good (sometimes, I skip on the water)

    & when all else fails, my go-to vegan gal for all thing kitchen (& popsicles too!) is :: http://www.kitchendaily.com/2010/06/30/a-month-of-ice-pop-recipes/?icid=main%7cmain%7cdl9%7clink3%7chttp%3a%2f%2fwww.kitchendaily.com%2f2010%2f06%2f30%2fa-month-of-ice-pop-recipes%2f&sms_ss=wordpress)

    Hope this helps AND happy Popsicle makin'! 🙂

    — Kelly L.
    kellylittle.23@gmail.com

    ^^ sorry for the essay. :/ I'm kinda a fan & a little Popsicle obsessed, I nanny during the summer, & we love our WA summers (no more cold!)these were some of our faves. 🙂

  13. Great reminder- I have something similiar. Its freakin hot here. Going to make Popsicles now! Why didn't I think of this earlier!

  14. OMG i've never heard of this! I want one NOW! I freakin' love popsicles 🙂

    Oh yeah, and I was just checking out their website and it says the one that makes three at once can make nine before you have to refreeze it…just so ya know 🙂