I usually have a list going of things I’ve seen around that I think are awesome and that I need (want). Please? <insert irresistible smile>. But I think at the top of my list right now is the (drum roll…) Zoku Duo Quick Pop Maker. ($36.95. Williams-Sonoma.)
Oh my, the popsicles this thing makes look good. Like, really good. The main reason this is at the top of my list right now is because it is smack dab in the middle of summer and it is HOT out, and don’t you always crave a nice icy treat when it’s this hot out?? Yes, please! Plus, this baby is available at Williams-Sonoma, which just happens to be one of the places we received a nuptial-prompted gift-card. One of the many wedding gifts we love! (I will definitely talk about more of them in later posts).
What sets the Zoku maker apart from other ice pop products is the speed with which you can create popsicle masterpieces. The Duo (with 2 popsicle slots) can make 2 popsicles in as little as 7 minutes! This is because you keep the Zoku base in your freezer so it is super cold when you pour the liquid of your choice into the molds. With the Duo, you can make up to 6 popsicles at a time before refreezing is required. There is also the normal Zoku Quick Pop Maker, which can make 3 at a time and up to 9 before refreezing! ($49.95. Williams-Sonoma.) There are also several “add-ons” for this thing to make your popsicles even cooler (and your wallet even lighter)!
They have a set of Zoku Tools that allow you to make prettier ice pops, adding stars or hearts to your popsicle or slanted layers. ($19.95. Zoku Store.)
Extra Sticks & Drip Guards are available if you are going to make more ice pops than what sticks already comes with your Zoku Maker. ($11.95. Zoku Store.) And a Storage Case to keep them in! ($19.95. Zoku Store.)
Williams-Sonoma also has a Character Tool Kit which would be super cute to do with kids cause they can make all kinds of cool/funny faces. (14.96. Williams-Sonoma.)
And (I could go for this one, too) there is a Zoku Recipe Book that gives you lots of cool ice pop flavor ideas. ($16.95. Williams-Sonoma.) You can also find some really yummy-sounding free ones on Zoku’s Website and on Williams-Sonoma’s Website.
There’s no way I’m kidding myself into thinking that my popsicles would look anything as nice as the ones they show in all the advertisements, but I’m sure they’d taste just fine.
There are only a few things holding me back from running down to Williams-Sonoma right now and picking this baby up. The first was a good question from Chad: "Are we (his nice way of saying 'you') going to use this a few times and then forget about it?" That is a fair question since it does tend to happen with me sometimes. I get really excited about something and have to have it and then barely use it. (sigh...) I think I would use it a lot! Especially since it's so fast and easy! But would I??
Also, a few reviewers had a lot of trouble with their Super Tool (which is a tool that comes with the Maker that allows the popsicles to be pulled out of the mold). Apparently, if this doesn’t work, there isn’t any getting those ice pops out. You basically have to defrost the entire thing. Furthermore (and this is much less of a concern for me, even though it really should be), you cannot make sugar-free popsicles with this maker. It seems that something about the sugar is what allows them to easily be pulled out of the molds after they are frozen. If it doesn’t have enough sugar content, you can’t get the popsicles out. Zoku’s website has some healthier recipes, though, that still have enough sugar to make a good popsicle, and with the Tools, you can add in shaped (or not shaped, if you’d prefer) fruit pieces to your ice pop! Pretty and pretty healthy!
What do you think? To buy or to pass by? Anyone have one of these?
Hmm… maybe I will just pop (pun! hehe!) down to Williams-Sonoma after all…