Friday, June 4, 2010

Hands Up for Summer!

IMG_8159 The Zoku quick pop maker came in the mail last Thursday, and I’ve been concocting all sorts of popsicle recipes in my head since I stuck the contraption in the freezer.

I think I mentioned last Christmas that I would love one of these, and someone out there heard me just in time for summer.

I was trying to think of refreshing, cool, and anything to get me clear of my overheated pregnant body.

The Zoku makes popsicles in about 7 minutes. I’m really not much of a do-ahead person, as in, I can’t get myself to stick juice in the freezer the night before I might need a popsicle. I want a popsicle. And I want it NOW. So I’ll go out and buy a popsicle before I think ahead for one.

The magic is in the base. You keep the base of the popsicle maker in the freezer. In the directions it even says, after you make your popsicles, just put it back in the freezer. No need to wash it after every use. YES! My kind of contraption. So it’s basically frozen all the time and you can make popsicles every day. 9 of them, actually (3 at a time).

IMG_8141 You really need a pouring type of container because you want to get it right in the mold instead of all over the top like Messy Me.

The other ones we were more careful with. It takes very very little liquid to make these popsicles. Then wait 7 minutes or so until it’s frozen. This part was torturous. Seriously.

With the “super tool”, the popsicle slides out easily! Really. Easy as pie. It felt like some kind of trick. That’s my problem with popsicles. Half the time you can’t get them out of their molds. Not these. Plus they look like professional popsicles. Awesome.

Although I received the Zoku for free, I was not paid or required to give any endorsement. (you can buy it HERE.) But I give it 2 hands up for summer. The kids enjoyed our bounty, and I am already planning my next popsicle recipe.  My fav is the watermelon ginger, but it may just be a pregnancy thing.

Watermelon Ginger Popsicles

  • 1 C watermelon
  • 1 T sugar
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 tsp fine-grated ginger (I used a rasp grater and frozen ginger)
  • 1/3 C water

Blend up the ingredients and chill before pouring into popsicle molds.

Strawberry Orange Popsicles

  • 5 frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 C water
  • 2 T sugar
  • 2 T orange juice concentrate

Blend up the ingredients and chill before pouring into popsicle molds.

Mango Lassi Popsicles

  • 1/2 C greek yogurt (or thick plain yogurt if you don’t have)
  • 2 T sugar
  • 1/3 C milk
  • 1 C frozen mango
  • 1/4 tsp kewda water (optional)

Blend up the ingredients and chill before pouring into popsicle molds.

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4 comments:

Robbie said...

That thing is so awesome! Thanks for sharing with us!

karla_s said...

so exactly how do you get kewda water? I know it is from the pandanus or hala but what part and what does it taste like?

Mariko said...

The Kewda water tastes super flowery. I bought it in a bottle in NYC when I was there last, but I was told (by Sis. Ram) that there is an Indian grocery in town so I'm sure it's there. I think they probably have it at some other stores-- maybe Down to Earth? It's very similar to Rosewater. You might even be able to substitute. Just use the tiniest bit though. I usually overdo it a little and it tastes funky. I think a little is necessary for it to taste like a Lassi but I put optional because I know it's a harder to get ingredient and probably most people don't need it.

mariah said...

those look realllly good :)

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