30 Days of Pinterest – Day 7
After making a cool treat for our doggie, I got a little jealous and decided I wanted to make a cool treat for myself! I first discovered the Zoku Quick Pop Maker at the Pacific National Exhibition (Vancouver’s PNE) last summer and instantly fell victim to the salesperson’s excellent spiel. Freeze popsicles on your counter in 7 minutes? Yes please! The ability to make popsicles with your own fresh pressed juice? Yum! And don’t even get me started on the ability to make your own core pops (think d.i.y. creamsicles)!
The Project Process:
I have a whole board on Pinterest with Zoku recipes, but almost any popsicle recipe will work in the Zoku. The main exceptions are that you should avoid pop (unless it’s gone completely flat), artificial sweeteners or sugar-free juices. For some reason, the pops need to have at least a touch of sugar in order for the pops to slide out of the mould easily.
I was feeling like a creamier popsicle this evening, so I settled on the Banana Cream Pie recipe, with a few variations.
- 1 Package of Prepared Vanilla (or any kind of pudding, really – I used banana)
- 1/4 cup of extra milk
Since I didn’t have pudding already made, I started with this step first. I made the pudding according to the directions, and since I was craving something a little chocolately, I decided to add a few teaspoons of cocoa powder to the mixture. Once it reached the boiling point, I removed the pot from the burner and set aside for about 10 minutes.
Because I wanted the chocolate pudding mixture to cool as quickly as possibly, I transferred the mixture into a bowl and placed it in the fridge for 15-20 mintues. If you are able to do this portion ahead of time (i.e. the morning before making the pops) it would be ideal; as this would give the mixture time to properly chill.
Next I cut up the bananas and got them ready to be placed in the mould while the chocolate pudding mixture was cooling. You’ll want to use the placement tool that comes with the Zoku. Alternatively, if you do not have a Zoku, it is worth mentioning that any popsicle mould will do just fine for this recipe. You may not get the same ‘bananas on the outside’ look, but they will all taste the same!
Once the pudding mixture is cool enough, add the extra 1/4 cup of milk and stir to blend. I ended up adding a bit extra on top of the 1/4 cup, as I found my mixture was still a touch too thick. I placed my bananas along the outside of the mould, placed my sticks and poured in my delish pudding mixture.
About 10 minutes later, I had 3 delicious (although not quite beautiful) chocolate banana pudding pops! It took a little bit longer than usual because my pudding mixture was not thoroughly chilled before adding it to the mould, but they still turned out great! Next time, I plan to make my pudding mixture ahead of time, so it decreases my prep time later on.
Do you have a Zoku Quick Pop Maker? If you do, how much do you love it?