Summer came and went in a blink of the eye. Even though today is Labor Day, IE., the calendar equivalent of the bridge between summer and fall; I’m still here for Ice Pops. Say what you want, but to me they are the epitome of a bite-size pick-me-up. The only drawback is that they tend to take a bit of time to make, especially if you’re looking to great creative. But what if there was a way to make your ice-lollies in less than 10 minutes ready to enjoy, ASAP? Scroll in because the game is about to change; no one has time to wait for homemade pops all day long. YWF recipes are all about keeping it simple and practical. Who’s got the time?
Insert: The Zoku Quick Pop Maker, homeware technology that gets you to popsicles in no time. The base has to be frozen for 24 hours prior to use. I would suggest keeping it in the freezer so it’s ready whenever you’re in need of a bite-size treat. I like this size because it’s small and doesn’t take up too much space. You can make both pops and they will freeze in 6 minutes. You insert the plastic sticks into the mold and then pour your mixture to the indicated line. When the pops are frozen, you’ll see it and then remove them from the mold with the tool (mine is green) as directed. You basically just screw it on, pull out, and you’re ready to go. If you want to do another round, you can use the additional sticks as desired. You can make 3 batches until you need to freeze the base or freeze them ahead of time and keep in the Zoku quick pop storage case. If you are doing designs or layers, it will take a bit, as you have to wait for each layer to freeze. I really like that the consistency of the popsicle when it’s complete. It’s not super hard or difficult, even the yogurt pops I first made with this machine. You can grab the quick pop maker in various sizes, this is a great self-care item for anyone working in small spaces.
2 cups water, just below boiling.
4 heaping teaspoons Blood Orange Smoothie Tea
1/4 cup Amber Agave or Honey
I used this tea in particular because it’s kind of a dessert tea. The vanilla blends in nicely with the aroma of the orange and herbal medley. It’s not overwhelming or artificial tasting or smelling. The Tea Spot really did a great job with this blend. Heat your water to about 275 degrees and then brew and steep your tea. After about 6 minutes stir in your sweetener and bring to room temperature or cool over night if you’re making in advance. Bring out your frozen pop-maker and begin the magic. Super easy! Here’s a recipe for Nutella popsicles; which is my next creation
Zoku is a company that specializes in home god products and their quick freeze machines come in various shapes and styles for really awesome and fun creative treats. This would be super awesome for kids or basically any one who enjoys a popsicle and doesn’t feel like waiting all damn day. I would have loved to use this in college, that New Orleans + Gainesville humidity is no joke. The shape is super compact and the pops freeze quickly. You can use pretty much any mixture and this would work great as a gift. If you’re interested in this machine, you can grab one on their website, William Sonoma, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, and JcPenny!
Best, Dr. Dyce
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