Zoku Quick Pop Maker Review
Whoever thought of creating the Zoku Quick Pop Maker is a genius!
We have been experiencing some unusually warm weather here in Manitoba for early September. I thought this would be a perfect time to test out the Zoku Quick Pop Maker.
Included inside the box were the main unit (which makes the actual ice pops), six reusable ice pop sticks (each stick has a unique design which helps make the pop adhere better to the stick), six drip guards (for cleaner eating), and a Super Tool (used to release the ice pops from the molds).
The Zoku Quick Pop Maker is supposed to be able to make a batch of nine pops before you need to refreeze the unit once again.
Before making my pops I made sure to give the Zoku and it’s accessories a light wash. I let it all air dry for about a day. Then, I stuck the main unit into the freezer and kept it inside there for the recommended 24 hour period. When I was ready to make my ice pops I gathered my ingredients.
I removed the machine from the freezer and placed three of the ice pop sticks into the molds. For my first try at making ice pops I poured one of our favourite fruit juices into the molds. Apparently I have trouble pouring liquids to the fill line.
The instructions say to wait about 7-9 minutes for the pops to freeze.
After waiting the recommended time, I used the Super Tool to release the ice pops from the molds. I turned the Super Tool clockwise and was pleasantly surprised at how easily the ice pops came out of the molds.
I had a very excited three year old ready and waiting to test my first pop. He gave the pops a big thumbs up and asked for more!
For my next batch of ice pops I decided to do something a little more complicated. While the first batch of ice pops were freezing I put about a cup of fruit juice, a cup of frozen berries, and two small containers of yogurt into one of the containers belonging to my single shot blender. I blended my creation to the desired consistency. I was excited to try my smoothie in ice pop form!
After I removed my first batch of ice pops from the Zoku I placed the remaining three pop sticks into the molds. Then, I poured the smoothie into the molds. This was easier said then done. Things may have got a little messy and I definitely went over the fill line.
Again, I waited 7-9 minutes for the pops to freeze. I was dying in anticipation to try out these neat pops.
However, because it was unusually warm that day the Zoku had already unfrozen and my pops did not freeze. I had a disappointed little boy on my hands. So, we drank the remaining smoothie and waited for another day to try again.
My second attempt at making my smoothie pops went a bit better. After freezing the unit and pouring in the smoothie creation I waited. The pops did freeze. However, only one of the three released from the molds. I am not exactly sure what went wrong in this instance. I made sure to completely dry the unit before freezing it. So, that one pop was greatly enjoyed by my taste tester!
Even though I have had a few hiccups while using the Zoku Quick Pop Maker, I definitely would recommend it. It is such a neat little machine. No electricity is required for it to work. All you need is a freezer and an imagination. The different types of ice pops you can make is endless!
Thank you to Mastermind Toys for providing this product to my family for review. We had a great time testing it out.
The Zoku Quick Pop Maker retails at $74.95 at Mastermind Toys.
Disclosure – A complimentary product was received for review purposes. All opinions expressed in the above review are honest and are my own.