If you have fond childhood memories of sticky fingers and messy faces after tucking into your favourite ice popsicle, then we have the perfect kitchen tool for you to enjoy.
Zoku is a must-have product for any playful home, ensuring you have an endless summer year-round. Have fun with your kids, experiment with grown up versions for your next lunch party, and make your ice lollies in just seven minutes.
The brand puts the fun in functional with innovative, easy-to-use, well-designed products. Zoku, which means family in Japanese, allows anyone to be creative in the kitchen. The idea sparked when the founders asked themselves the simple questions: what if we could make popsicles freeze faster? And after months of research and testing their first product was born: the Quick Pop Maker.
Here are two of our favourite recipes to try; one for the adults to enjoy with a bit of a kick and another for the kids in fun shapes and sizes.
Cucumber mint margarita popsicle
1 cucumber, peeled & sliced
2 limes, freshly squeezed
10 mint leaves
1 cup water
½ cup sugar
3 mint leaves
1 tsp tequila per popsicle
Creating the syrup
Add the sugar and water to a medium sized sauce pan. Stir the mixture over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Place aside and allow it to cool.
Use a good quality blender to blend the cucumber, lime juice, mint leaves, and simple syrup until smooth.
Creating the pops
In a mixing bowl, pour in three teaspoons tequila, then add cucumber mixture and mix well.
Inside each of the quick pop makers, apply wet mint leaves to the side of the moulds. Insert sticks and pour in the cucumber mixture until you reach the fill line. Let them freeze completely, then remove and enjoy on a summer’s day with friends.
Fruity Fish Pops
2 cups fresh ripe fruit, washed (such as blueberries, strawberries or mango)
1/3 cup coconut water or water
Creating the mixture
Use a blender to blend the fruit and coconut water until smooth.
Creating the pops
Pour fruit mixture into fish pop moulds up to the fill line. Place fish pop handles into the correct cavities and freeze until firm. Gently un-mould the fish pops, pushing up from the bottom. Let your kids tuck in and enjoy their favourite under-the-sea creatures.
Recipes adapted from Zoku
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