Zoku Pops

June 14, 2011

Is it blazing hot where you live? It’s still quite cool and pleasant here, but I’m itching to try these Zoku Pops. Apparently, they freeze super fast! And they’re so pretty — you can even make rainbow versions. Have you tried Zoku?

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1 Ann June 14, 2011 at 5:34 am

Now that I have an upright freezer, those may be in my future!

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2 peggy June 14, 2011 at 5:52 am

not yet, because the zoku is still on my list of things I want very BADLY :)
looking forward to read from people here who already own one

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3 Design Mom June 14, 2011 at 7:46 am

I want one too! I can imagine making popsicles as part of our daily summer routine.

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4 Ana June 14, 2011 at 5:52 am

Oh, no! Wait I haven’t had breakfast!

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5 jen June 14, 2011 at 6:46 am

I have seriously drooled over these, but I can’t bring myself to buy one after looking at the price tag. . . when I know that I can stick our regular old popsicle molds in the freezer for virtually free. Maybe a couple really positive comments would justify the purchase!

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6 Miranda June 14, 2011 at 7:07 am

We got one for Christmas and loved the first couple rounds of apple cider pops, orange creamies and honeydew popcicles that we made during the winter. Now that the weather is appropriate, I can’t wait to pull it out again and make some fun summer fruit pops!

They really do freeze in front of your eyes. The colder the liquid, the faster the freeze. We have gotten at least 9 pops each time we’ve made them, and we just freeze the extras (since there are usually just the three of us) in a ziploc freezer bag until we’re ready to finish them. It’s a super fun kid activity because the result is about as quick as the attention span:)

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7 Design Mom June 14, 2011 at 7:47 am

Orange creamies are the ones I daydream about.

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8 Sherri June 14, 2011 at 7:07 am

We use the Zokeice pop maker quite often. Nice with little kids because you pour in the juice and in minutes you have a frozen treat – instead of waiting for hours. Love it.

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9 Sherri June 14, 2011 at 7:08 am

Sorry – make that Zoku ice pop maker (aforementioned kids hanging on me as I type :-).

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10 a June 14, 2011 at 7:27 am

My neighbor invented them. Very cool :)

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11 Design Mom June 14, 2011 at 7:48 am

That’s the coolest! I hope your neighbor hooked you up with a free set.

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12 Allison B June 14, 2011 at 7:29 am

Yes! My mother in law just gave a Zoku to my daughter for her kindergarden graduation :) – we’ve made yogurt pops and regular juice pops so far, and it’s fun because you can see them freezing.

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13 Sarah June 14, 2011 at 7:52 am

We received it as a gift, too. It’s great, really works fast. We puree different colored fruit and keep the purees in containers in the fridge for a few days. Each night we layer them in different ways. The speed is great, but so is the customization of each pop. Now I’ve got my sights set on the accessories that help make funny face pops and other designs. My favorite is smashed watermelon pops with strawberry hearts

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14 christine @ leapfroglane June 14, 2011 at 8:05 am

We love the zoku as well… perfect for an almost 3-year-old who has to help *and* have instant gratification! We’re all about “fruit salad” pops these days, which is chopped up pieces of fruit with some watered down lemonade or honest kids punch. Mmm… is 10 am too early to have a pop?!

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15 Design Mom June 14, 2011 at 8:11 am

It’s never too early for a pop. : )

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16 Nikki June 14, 2011 at 8:53 am

I have one. Love it! I make all sorts of pops. Watermelon and banana recently. It’s a great way to use up fruit that would otherwise get too ripe.

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17 Jan @ Family Bites June 14, 2011 at 9:32 am

Yes! We make Zoku’s all the time. They freeze in seven to nine minutes and our very favourite version is our hot chocolate recipe which we cool in the fridge and then freeze into pops.

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18 Heidella June 14, 2011 at 10:30 am

Yay! So glad to read these. I’ve been put off by the high price, but will splurge with these reviews.

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19 LydiaC June 14, 2011 at 10:46 am

We have this and it’s GREAT!

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20 Samantha June 14, 2011 at 11:40 am

Plain fruit juice pops freeze quickly and you can make multiple batches before refreezing. But I’ve only been able to make one batch with the layered pops before refreezing the unit.

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21 Design Mom June 14, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Good to know, Samantha!

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22 andrea June 14, 2011 at 11:42 am

I must have been doing something wrong. Bought one last summer, we’re in the Midwest, which means it’s hot (100°) and humid, and I returned it after a month if use. We struggled to get 6 pops made with one freeze and the layered pops, which my kids loved were even more difficult since it defrosted so fast in the heat. I love the idea of making our own with wholesome, healthy ingredients, but we just use regular old popsicle molds now.

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23 joanna June 14, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I love the heat! These popsicles remind me of the refreshing popsicles I like to eat in the summer time in the Philippines. They are called ‘Ice Candy’, comes in various flavors from artificial to natural fruit juices frozen in a narrow, clear plastic tube. One costs about 1 peso (maybe less than a penny) per tube. And they are conveniently available everywhere.

Zoku? Cool!

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24 Amy June 14, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Think I might need to request one of these as a late Flag Day present :)
They also have a character tool kit which allows you to create faces on your popsicle. Looks like fun!

Available here:
http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/zoku-quick-pop-character-tool-kit/

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25 Karen M June 14, 2011 at 7:05 pm

We received one (along with the accessories kit) for Christmas and haven’t used it yet! The base is in the freezer, ready and waiting. Perhaps some sort of fancy pop making will be an activity for Father’s Day!

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26 Mandy Pressel June 14, 2011 at 7:40 pm

I’ve heard of these! Definitely want one!

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27 Ella Sherman June 14, 2011 at 9:39 pm

We have had ZERO luck with these. We got them two days ago, and I so badly wanted to write an awesome review on our blog – but nay.

We get nothing but slush. I suspect it is our freezer, but it disappoints me that we won’t be able to use this. We were so looking forward to it.

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28 Design Mom June 15, 2011 at 1:36 am

Slush? I would have been so frustrated.

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29 Dariela June 14, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Omg! This looks awesome! I really want one now! Thanks for sharing!!

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30 Autumn June 15, 2011 at 11:16 am

I have one! I love it! Since I live in Hawaii we use it all year round! I really want to make some cream pie popsicles.

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31 Fromaggi June 15, 2011 at 11:40 am

We got one a few weeks ago and have been making pops every few days. They freeze quickly and have turned out great! Plus, my toddler loves helping out with the prep work.

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32 rawbone June 17, 2011 at 12:04 am

They are fab! love these, make these, and I know the “Zo” of the Zoku and they are wonderful people who care about great design and products and work harder than anyone I know. Be sure to buy it from their website – http://www.zokuhome.com/pages/products-quickpop-maker! Same price as anywhere else but the proceeds actually go to Zo and Ku!

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33 rawbone June 17, 2011 at 12:06 am

p.s. You have to use things with real sugar… artificial sweeteners just don’t have the right freezing point. I’ve had success every time, making up to three batches, but my freezer does make it nice and cold.

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34 twirling betty June 17, 2011 at 6:46 am

Ha – I just posted about this! I am IN LOVE with our Zoku machine. I don’t care that the time to make icy poles slows down after each batch or that sometimes, if there’s not enough sugar in the mix, they don’t turn out at all (a trap for young players). I still love it and the creative possibilities of it. Most of all, I love the look on a kid’s face when you pull out their pop before their very eyes for the first time. Always hilarious. PS: And we’re in mid-winter here!

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35 Tiffany June 22, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Was looking for reviews about Zoku. FYI, those that are interested. Horchow is selling them with 30% off code “FRIENDS” and free shipping code “JUNEFS”. Today is the last day.

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