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Refreshing Popsicle Recipes

Zoku Quick Pop Maker

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
INGREDIENTS
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.
CHOCOLATE BASE
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

Makes 6 Pops
INGREDIENTS
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

Makes 6 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
  1. In a blender, puree strawberries, sugar, lime zest, and water, until smooth, set aside.
  2. Remove Zoku Quick Pop Maker from the freezer. Insert sticks.
  3. Pour 1 ounce strawberry puree into each Zoku Quick Pop cavity. Allow this layer to freeze completely.
  4. Next pour ½ ounce limeade into each cavity. Allow this layer to freeze completely.
  5. Finally pour another layer of the strawberry puree up to the fill line in each cavity. Allow this layer to freeze completely.
  6. Remove the pops with the Super Tool. Repeat with remaining pops. 
* Adjust the amount of sugar based upon the sweetness of your berries. Strawberries from local farms tend to have a much sweeter and true berry flavor than those found in the supermarkets. We recommend using organic ingredients whenever possible.




10 comments:

  1. These look amazing! I want to try the Strawberry Lime :)

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  2. I want one of these so bad!! My son is OBSESSED with Popsicles and it would be great to be able to make them instead of buy them!

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  3. You've inspired me!
    Who doesn't love popsicles? They are totally a summer treat.
    I've been really in to smoothies lately. Some Greek yougurt (thick and lots of protein) blended with your fav. variety of frozen fruit and some maple syrup for sweetness.
    You could totally take this recipe and freeze it in to pops for a healthy, tasty summer popsicle!

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  4. I want a Zoku Popsicle machine. I didn't even know they made this. the recipes sound yummy!

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  5. I've been wanting one of these for quite some time. The Strawberry Lime looks delicious.

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  6. They look sooo tasty!! My son would love them he is going through his teething stage and popsicles soothe his gums, can't wait to try them out :) love these recipes!

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  7. The strawberry ones sound delicious. I would love to make these.

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  8. Mmm!! That spicy mexican chocolate one is calling my name!! Deeelish!!

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