It’s been a little quiet around here, because honestly, it has been way too hot to make anything! I also have been busy busy so I’ve been making some of the same recipes that I’ve posted before that don’t involve an oven. Unfortunately there just hasn’t been that much excitement happening in the kitchen over here…
Until now that my amazing little Zoku popsicle maker has come into my life! I had posted this pic–
–of the popsicles you can make with this little contraption– funny faces, tri-colored pops, creamsicles, geometric designs, flowers, hearts– on Facebook awhile back and lucky me, a special someone saw it and surprised me with it for my birthday! Hands down best gift ever (besides the donations I received for The EEC!) mostly because it was very thoughtful…I wasn’t even secretly asking for it for my birthday, I promise!
I really didn’t even have any idea what this Zoku contraption could do– I thought you could just make cute pops with faces on them– but that was actually only an add-on kit! The actual Zoku makes popsicles– in 6 to 8 minutes!
RIGHT BEFORE YOUR EYES! I thought they made a mistake on the instructions when they didn’t say to put it back in the freezer, but as I was figuring that out, the outside layer of the popsicle was already frozen!
I was amazed and excited to say the least– the very least.
I don’t know how it does it, but I DO know that it is filled with some secret non-toxic liquid you can hear swishing around before you put the maker in the freezer.
I hope I get to meet the genius that made this one day and thank him for the most entertaining kitchen appliance I have ever owned in my life.
So on to the popsicles! There are so many combinations you can make– so far I have tried frozen lemonade, Gatorade, and freshly made juice in it. It’s really a great way to trick kids into eating fruits and veggies by putting it through your juicer and making it into the cutest popsicle ever– who can resist? Also good for those adults who need to be tricked into eating their fruits and veggies as well!
I think the trick to making popsicles with the Zoku maker is definitely to keep it frozen and use cold liquids in it. I try not to let anything sit out and only take the Zoku and juices out when everything is ready to go. If you let it start to melt it won’t work as well or at all– especially when you are sticking facial features or cut outs into them.
I had started the draft to this post a few weeks ago and so I know it is fall now but it’s still freaking hot so here is a recipe for delicious watermelon popsicles, in the shape of a slice of watermelon!
Don’t worry, if you don’t have the Zoku, you can still make this with an old fashioned popsicle maker, it just will take a little bit more patience!
*You will need a blender for this recipe
- 1 small watermelon (or however much juice you’d like to make)
- water, as needed
- green gel or liquid food coloring (Wilton gel food coloring is not made from any animal products)
- dark colored fruit roll up
You will also need:
- a zoku popsicle maker or a popsicle mold
- cookie cutter in the shape of a tear drop
- the zoku face plate or a flat metal spatula
- strainer (optional)
- foil (if using regular popsicle maker)
- popsicle stick (if using regular popsicle maker)
The first step is to make the juice. Some people like adding some lime to the watermelon juice but I like it straight forward and as is. It is super easy to make!
Cut the watermelon in half and scoop out the flesh into a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour juice through strainer if you’d like it smoother. Add water as needed if you would like it thinner. Transfer to a large cup or container and keep refrigerated until ready to use.
The next step is to make the watermelon rind. Pour about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of lemonade into a cup. (Use your judgement on how much you need– the Zoku maker doesn’t make huge popsicles so I probably only needed 1/4 cup to make 2 pops but if you are making more, make more.) Then we are going to tint it with some green food coloring. If using liquid squeeze a drop into it and stir. If using gel, I like to use uncooked noodles as my tool to scoop out the coloring, then stir into the liquid until it turns the color I want. I use noodles bc you can break off a little piece, discard it when you are done, it is very safe to use in foods, it’s biodegradable, and usually I have some lying around. Only a little food coloring is needed to get it a good shade of green.
Next, prepare the edible “seeds”. All you do is cut out some tear drop shapes from your fruit roll up. If you don’t have a cutter, you can always freehand it with a knife, or use a circle cutter then trim the sides to make it more of a seed shape. I used Trader Joe’s Organic Apple Wild Berry fruit wrap since the color seemed the darkest.
For Zoku maker:
Start by dipping the fruit roll up seeds in some water and placing it on the face plate tool.
Set your Zoku maker so that it is laying on the shorter edge, pictured below. Insert the face plate tool and then press up. Hold for 5 to 10 seconds until you see that the seeds are stuck to the maker when you pull the tool down.
Then pour in the watermelon juice so that it fills most of the popsicle cavity, leaving about 1/2″ or so left at the top (for the rind). You can see in the photo below how much space I left and also that the edges are starting to freeze! Let the entire watermelon juice layer freeze completely.
When the pops are frozen, you use the special tool to get the popsicle out. Place it in the opening at the top of the popsicle handle and keep turning until you feel the popsicle loosen.
If using a regular popsicle maker:
The instructions are very similar to the above, just a few differences and the use of different tools.
Turn your popsicle maker so it is lying on the side. Soak your “seeds” and use a spatula to insert the seeds. Because the fruit roll up is sticky, it should stick to the side of your popsicle maker. Place in freezer until the seeds freeze on– maybe about 15 to 30 minutes.
Add the watermelon juice and fill up so there is only about 1/2″ of mold left. Wrap the top of the popsicle maker with foil and insert a popsicle stick into each mold. Freeze until the juice is completely frozen.
Remove the foil and add the green lemonade until molds are filled. Freeze until juice is completely frozen then remove and eat!