Just before the craze of moving and baby learning to walk and everything that has made my life a whirlwind for the past several months, UncommonGoods sent me a bright little ray of sunshine in the mail. These guys have the best products, hands down. If you are wanting to drop some Mother’s Day hints, send someone the “gifts for mom” or “original gifts” link here, and here. Do it. Or maybe you just wanna treat yourself with some kitchen gadgets, found here. You know you wanna.
Anyway, my own delivery was the promise of summer and sweet treats in cool packages. A Zoku popsicle maker to try out and a popsicle recipe book to share with you guys. It has moved with us and sat longingly on my counter until spring firmly arrived and the transition between cookbooks and site-changes and life-changes was solid.
Here we are, 80-degree weather already, most of the boxes unpacked, and life continuing to roll along. It’s definitely time for some popsicles.
I pulled out the book - Perfect Pops – and mentally earmarked a few that look irresistible. The great (and super duper unique) thing about the Zoku is that you don’t have to plug it in or really plan ahead at all. Store it in the freezer, and pull it out when it’s time to make popsicles. That’s it. So as long as I’ve got smoothie/popsicle ingredients in the fridge, I’m ready to make some up. Of course, I had to start with strawberries, even though I didn’t have any on hand tonight. It was worth going to the store.
In order for the popsicles to come out of the maker cleanly, it helps to have some sort of sugar in it (real stuff – including honey, agave nectar, etc…no aspartame here!). I chose a chunky-fruit recipe with strawberries, a bit of sugar, and some balsamic vinegar and pepper. No, really.
The tricky part for me was pouring the mixture into the Zoku with the sticks in place. I kindof made a mess.
And then waiting. Waiting was hard, which is silly, because 10 minutes is way different than what it normally takes to make popsicles. The recipe book says “6 hours to 2 weeks.” Are you kidding me? No wonder the boys would get antsy waiting for popsicles in the freezer. So yeah, wait a full 7-9 minutes if you are using that Zoku, or the stick will come right out of the middle and it will not really go back in. Or if it will, I didn’t find the instruction guide helpful for that, anyway. And then I was left with 2 popsicles and 3 kids.
And then quit and gave it to the pestering one after all.
The squealy kid gets the popsicle, as they say.
As for the vinegar-berry-pepper popsicles I was a bit unsure of…They tasted just like the Breyer’s Real Fruit popsicles we’ve gotten the kids, sans preservatives and gunk. In fact, even though it was only a bit of sugar, the vinegar actually took out the tartness that fresh strawberries usually have, and it was almost too sweet for me. Not for the kids, though.
So, here is the plan. I’m going to do a couple more reviews of the popsicles in Perfect Pops, one each week of May. Everyone who comments on those posts will be entered to win my copy of Perfect Pops*, to be announced on Monday, June 3rd. Tweet about the post? Share on Facebook? Blog about it? Extra entries! Leave a separate comment with each link. There are some amazing looking recipes in here, so you’ll wanna join in the fun!
*Any traces of fruit juice splash are authentic and likely attributed to over confidence in blending skillz.
For this week – Do you prefer super sweet fruit or do you go for tart/tangy instead? And if you have a Zoku, let us know what you think about it! I think I might make good friends with it this year.