While my daughter could use the calcium, vitamin D and fat from all of the ice cream she consumes over the course of the summer, it would be really nice if she would eat more fruit. But what five-year-old gets excited about an apple for dessert? That’s when the frozen pop comes in handy!With the Zoku Quick Pop Maker, my husband was able to make a quick and fairly nutritious (and fiber-rich) dessert the whole family enjoyed. While I cleaned up the dishes and my kids amused each other, my husband pureed fresh blackberries, some sugar and water and in seven minutes flat, we had a ridiculously delicious dessert, reminiscent of gelatin pops but way healthier.
Here’s how it works:
- Put the freezing unit in your freezer for at least 24 hours. You can store it there until you’re ready to use it.
- When it’s dessert time, prepare your mixture (Zoku recommends using chilled juices to speed up freeze time) and pour into the three cavities, insert the sticks and wait.
- Seven minutes later, screw the “Super Tool” onto each pop to make extracting the pops really easy. Slip on the drip cups and enjoy!
- If you need to make more, repeat up to two more times. The kit comes with six sticks but you can also buy more.
- You do need to let the unit defrost before (hand) washing it so your skin and/or sponge doesn’t stick to the metal. After it’s clean, pop it back it in freezer to get ready for tomorrow’s treats.
My only complaint about the unit is that it only makes three pops and we’re a family of four. That means we have to share with our 20-month-old son. Luckily, he’s too young to demand his own and he doesn’t eat that much (yet!) but pretty soon my husband will have to make a second batch.
When you make your own food, you control everything that goes in it so you can vary the amount of added sugar (if you need any at all) and of course, it makes it a lot easier if anyone in your family has food allergies.
For inspiration, visit Zoku’s blog or pick up their Quick Pops Recipe Book. If you don’t have fresh fruit on hand, you can always use juice or yogurt. When I was a kid, my mom used to always have orange juice pops on hand and when we were really lucky, she’d make her own gelatin pops. (Those were my favorite!)
I’m looking forward to experimenting with different recipe every night and involving my daughter in concocting flavor combinations!