So I've had my Zoku for over a year now (still in box). I need to bust it out and get to making popsicles because Kenzie just loves them and the store bought ones aren't as "healthy" as homemade. Check out the ones I think would be refreshing or do you recommend a recipe for us? All recipes are from the Zoku Blog.
Spicy Mexican Chocolate Pops
Makes 6 Paletas/Pops
¼ cup pine nuts, roasted
1 Mexican Chocolate disc (recommended Ibarra or Abuelita Chocolate)
1 cup water
1 cup half & half
4 tablespoons condensed milk
1 teaspoon chile powder
Simple syrup or agave nectar
ROASTING PINE NUTS
In a skillet over low heat, dry roast pine nuts. Remove from heat and allow to cool on a plate. In a mortar and pestle crush the pine nuts. Set aside.
In a saucepan over low heat melt the chocolate in the water. Stir with a whisk to help chocolate melt evenly. Do not let boil.
ASSEMBLE THE PALETAS/POPS
Mix ½ cup chocolate base, half & half, condensed milk, and chile powder until well combined.
Insert the sticks into the Zoku Quick Pop Maker; fill with the chocolate mixture until you reach the fill line. Let freeze completely, then remove the pops with the Super Tool. Repeat with remaining pops.
After removing the pops from the Zoku Quick Pop Maker, dip the tip of each pop into some simple syrup or agave nectar and sprinkle with pine nuts. If you love pine nuts try adding them to the chocolate mixture (that’s what we did) before freezing. The smokiness of the pine nuts with the chocolate and chile is soooo delicioso!
Cherry & Cream Pops
FOR THE CHERRY BASE6 ounces fresh pitted cherries
½ cup Greek vanilla yogurt
½ cup whole milk
1 tablespoon granulated white sugar
FOR THE QUICK SHELL2/3 cup (4 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup (2 ½ oz) refined coconut oil
MAKE THE CHOCOLATE QUICK SHELLIn a double boiler over barely simmering water, whisk together the chocolate and coconut oil until the chocolate has completely melted. Remove from heat and let cool completely before applying to pops. Yields 3/4 cup of Quick Shell.
MAKE THE CHERRY BASEIn a blender, combine cherries, yogurt, milk, and sugar. Blend until throughly combined and smooth.
ASSEMBLE THE POPSRemove Zoku Quick Pop Maker from the freezer. Insert sticks and pour the Cherry base into each cavity until you reach the fill line. Let freeze completely and remove the pops with the Super Tool. Repeat with remaining pops.
ADD THE QUICK SHELLHold a pop flat side facing up, use a small spoon to drizzle Quick Shell onto the pops. Wait a few seconds for the shell to harden and do the same to the other side. Enjoy!
Strawberry Lime Pops
INGREDIENTS10 ounces fresh strawberries; stems removed, rinsed and drained
3 tablespoons sugar (*more if necessary)
1 teaspoon lime zest
½ cup water
3 ounces limeade; divided use
ASSEMBLE THE POPS
- In a blender, puree strawberries, sugar, lime zest, and water, until smooth, set aside.
- Remove Zoku Quick Pop Maker from the freezer. Insert sticks.
- Pour 1 ounce strawberry puree into each Zoku Quick Pop cavity. Allow this layer to freeze completely.
- Next pour ½ ounce limeade into each cavity. Allow this layer to freeze completely.
- Finally pour another layer of the strawberry puree up to the fill line in each cavity. Allow this layer to freeze completely.
- Remove the pops with the Super Tool. Repeat with remaining pops.