So, it might be courting freak May snow-storms to start talking about summer while we’re enjoying the lovely and rare April sunshine, but I’m already dreaming of the long summer holidays with my kids: flip flops, the smell of sunscreen and barbecues, and ice lollies.
The age-old scenario in my house was that I’d never get my act together in time to make lollipops so that I’d have a stash ready for the next sunny day. Now I don’t even need to be that organised.
Zoku is the New Jersey-based company behind the Quick Pop Maker – a gadget that freezes lollies in seconds. The secret is the base that you put in the freezer (mine stays permanently in there). When you’re ready to make lollies, you make your mixture, pour it into the base, add your sticks and wait. You can see the mixture start to freeze from the outside in.
The Quick Pop Maker is available in single, double or triple versions and you can also get an array of natty little tools to create very fun and funky pops – pops with fillings or rainbow lollies or with designs embedded in the mixture. You can let your creative side go a little wild in other words.
I bought the recipe book with mine which is filled with lots of really delicious ideas: Coconut Mango Pops, Lemon Blueberry, Cherry Limeade as well as some grown-up versions: Mint Julep anyone? My only criticism of the book is that it’s for the US market and references the use of “pudding” to create some of the more decadent pops. US pudding is a very different concept to the UK, and I’ve tried to find something similar without much luck. I also emailed the company to see if they could help but didn’t get a reply. I resorted in the end to buying Vanilla Jell-O from Amazon and that works perfectly.
The Quick Pop Maker is handy if you’ve got leftover smoothie mix – just pour it in there and you have lollies on hand for the next sunny day.
Zoku, which means “family” in Japanese according to the website, now has a whole range of really good-looking and functional ice cream makers and slushie/iced coffee makers. The design of the range in itself is very cool.
You can buy Zoku at Lakeland, price £39.99 for the Triple Quick Pop Maker.