This post is linked to Allergy-Free Wednesday #30
Pardon me, I just have to say "tee hee hee."
I've been wanting one of these Zoku Quick Pop Makers for a long time. A year ago I begged Zoku to send me one in exchange for a review on Lexie's Kitchen. Never heard back.
So I gave up.
Fast forward a year and I'm waltzing the aisles of TJ Maxx ... oh and "lookey there" a quick pop maker—not a Zoku, but some off brand for only $9.99 so who cares. Giddy-ly (is that a word) I put it in my cart along some unnecessary plastic objects and zipped up to check out.
If you're picking up on the tune I'm hinting at with "waltzing the aisles" and "unnecessary plastic objects" then you'll enjoy the little ditty sung by Nancy Griffith at the end of this post. :)
Anyway, I was excited. You see, popsicles stir up nostalgia for me. I remember Tutu and Grandpa's Wailupe Circle freezer being stocked with them. Us kids would grab our favorite flavor and dash out to the pier. We'd chomp and lick our pops as we dangled our feet over the edge of the bouncy diving board. The soothing tradewinds and vast expanse of ocean that lay before us were hypnotic. Oh but I am getting lost here in memories ... let me snap out of it.
Okay, I'm back.
If you're the instant gratification type, you'll love one of these popsicle makers. Popsicles in 10 minutes flat! Can't beat that.
The only drawback to these makers is that you really need some kind of sweetener—honey, sugar, maple syrup, sugary fruit, etc. Without it the mixture may freeze too hard and you may have a difficult time getting the popsicles to release from their molds.
I would take a Zoku any day. You can do some fancy popsicle making with their special tools (sold separately). But I'm quite pleased with the X-Press Pops™ model—$9.99 at TJ Maxx (check your local store) or $32.99 on Amazon. You can buy Zokus here for $49.99.
The first pops we made were these 4-ingredient French Vanilla Peach & Cherry Yogurt Pops. Dairy-free of course. I wanted them extra creamy so used some So Delicious French Vanilla Coconut Milk Creamer. Divide the yogurt/creamer mixture and mix with different fruits to create a striped pop. Or just make it one flavor.
Dairy-Free French Vanilla Peach & Cherry Yogurt Pops
1 cup non-dairy YOGURT (I used my homemade. So Delicious Coconut would work equally well.)
1/3 cup So Delicious French Vanilla COCONUT CREAMER
1/2 teaspoon gluten-free VANILLA EXTRACT
1 cup fresh FRUIT of choice (I split a batch and used cherries and peaches)
- Place all ingredients into blender container. Blend until smooth.
- Pour into popsicle mold following manufacturer's instructions.
As of August 9th, 2012 the ingredients in So Delicious French Vanilla Coconut Milk Creamer include: ORGANIC COCONUT MILK (ORGANIC COCONUT CREAM, WATER, GUAR GUM), ORGANIC DRIED CANE SYRUP, NATURAL FLAVORS, COLORED WITH TITANIUM DIOXIDE, DIPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, CARRAGEENAN.
And here's that little ditty to enjoy with your popsicle ...