Do you remember sweltering hot Summer days and running out of the house or jumping out of the pool to run after the ice cream truck whenever you heard that ice cream truck song? Growing up in the suburbs, my brothers, cousins, friends and I used to race out of the pool and jump over our backyard fence to get to the ice cream truck! We only realized once we caught up to it that we were drenched and didn’t have any money on us since we were in our bathing suits! We’d have to rush home and ask Mom for money to get a nice cold treat!
Looking back, I have to smile because it’s a Pavlovian response for people in my vintage to have our ears perk up and get ready to hunt down that ice cream truck whenever we hear that familiar song.
Now that I’m in my late thirties, I don’t recall seeing many of these trucks anymore. This said, I’ve discovered something pretty cool that I think every household should have!
I am absolutely in love with our Zoku! In fact, I’m a little obsessed with my Zoku Triple Quick Pop Maker. I can freeze ice pops in as little as seven minutes with the patented Zoku Quick Pop® Maker! Not only can I create healthy ice pops for my child with natural ingredients, but the designs are limitless! I can make striped pops, yogurt pops, or even flavored core pops and without using electricity. I rarely buy frozen treats so when Little One asks for an ice pop, I can make some Quick Pops at a moment’s notice! I just make sure I store the compact base in my freezer so it’s ready for use.
My six year old daughter loves Greek yogurt. While we’re in the height of strawberry picking season, I’m making the most of all the strawberries we’ve got on our farm. My recipe is simple. I just pureed 1 cup of strawberries with 2 Tbsp maple syrup. In a bowl, I mixed 1 tbsp vanilla (my homemade vanilla) and 1 Tbsp maple syrup into 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt. In my Zoku, I layered the strawberry and Greek yogurt mixtures, waiting for the layers to freeze before adding another layer. Then I inserted sticks and in 7 to 9 minutes we had beautiful, delicious frozen treats.
Another favourite combo of my daughter’s is Kiwi Peach Orange.
You could use ready-made/store-bought juice, but I love my Vitamix and any chance I get to use it, I do! I first juiced 2 oranges and set the juice aside. In my vitamix, I blended the peaches. I added a bit of the orange juice to the peaches to make them less thick and easy to pour. I sliced (thinly) 1 kiwi to stick to the insides of each of the Zoku molds. I poured a layer of orange juice and waited for it to solidify. Then I poured a layer of peach and let the ice pops freeze completely.
What I love about the Zoku Quick Pop Maker is that it takes no time at all to whip up a healthy frozen treat and you can be as creative as you want!
To achieve this fun look, just slice a peach or nectarine thinly so you can stick them to the inside part of the molds. If you need a bit of help placing the fruit the way you want, a helpful tip is to add a drop of water to help the fruit slices stick! You can use a toothpick to arrange them the way you like. Once you stick them in, you can’t rearrange them because they stick/freeze quickly!
If you want to get fancy, you can get the Zoku Character Kit. It makes achieving a professional look super easy. Okay, maybe not super easy. Easier. There’s a How-To video that shows how to create cute characters with fruit and how to place them. I’m a bit of a nerd and love this kind of stuff, so this is on my list!
For the Strawberry Peach Mango Popsicles, I just made a strawberry puree and mixed it with a bit of plain yogurt because my little one sometimes likes a bit of creaminess. I made a mango puree and a peach puree and then layered the three fruit flavours, waiting for each layer to freeze before adding the next layer. These pops were frozen in about 7-9 minutes.
Here’s a compilation of some of the most amazingly delicious (and beautiful) frozen treats courtesy of some of my fellow Canadian bloggers.
This West Coast Mommy’s Tropical Pineapple & Mixed Berry Ice Pops
This West Coast Mommy’s Mango Lassi Ice Pops
Woman in Real Life’s Strawberry Peach Green Tea Ice Pops
Family Food & Travel’s Watermelon & Lime Pops
Life Love Liz’s Watermelon Kiwi Popsicles
Maman Loup’s Den’s Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Pops
I mentioned that I have the Zoku Triple Quick Pop Maker. The next few recipes are made with Zoku’s Fish Pop Molds (which I absolutely have to buy soon)!
The Bewitchin’ Kitchen’s Strawberry & Cocoa Popsicles
The Bewitchin’ Kitchen’s Homemade Cherry Popsicles
The Bewitchin’ Kitchen’s Pineapple Popsicles
The Bewitchin’ Kitchen’s Coconut & Coffee Popsicles
Multi-Testing Mommy shows how to make fun characters using the Zoku.
Some other delicious frozen treat recipes you may enjoy:
Not explicitly Zoku ice pops, but you can certainly use these recipes in your Zoku if you wish!
Mommy Kat and Kids’ Flowering Kale Fudge Pops
Frugal MomEh’s Cantaloupe & Basil Ice Pops
Live Love Liz’s Egg-Free Vanilla Pudding Pops
One last fun recipe!
Disclosure – It feels kind of odd writing a disclosure statement to say that this is NOT a sponsored post. Just sharing all of these amazing frozen treat recipes friends and I made with our Zoku ice pop makers because they are absolutely Pinterest worthy and a MUST make this Summer!