It’s been a long summer already — you deserve a sweet treat and these products will help you craft the perfect frozen pops. Get recipes for Mango Lassi and Strawberry Basil pops here and find out more about three of Atlanta’s favorite Popsicle vendors here.
Zoku Quick Pop Maker
Kate Pedrick of The Cook’s Warehouse talks about Zoku, a quick pop maker that freezes pops in seven minutes. “The Zoku Quick Pop Maker is a great option for popsicles because you get almost immediate gratification! It freezes ice pops in as little as 7 minutes and it can make up to 9 pops before refreezing the unit again. Keep the compact base in your freezer so you can enjoy Popsicles at a moment’s notice. The Chocolate Station adds chocolate shells, sprinkles and toppings to your pops and the Tool Kit allows you to create pops with flavored cores, stripes and zig-zags- your imagination is the limit.
“Because the Zoku Quick Pop Maker freezes pops quickly, smaller crystals form and that makes for the nice fine texture we all love in a popsicle. The right amount of sugar is also very important. Without it, the pops won’t easily release from the Quick Pop Maker. Try our recipe for Southern Sweet Tea Pops. Stir 1 1/2 cups of cold tea together with 2 or 3 tablespoons of honey and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Pour into your molds and freeze.”
Traditional pop molds come dozens of shapes these days with the pop holder often adding to the whimsy as in the Jewel and Bug molds pictured here. Pedrick loves the variety of fun shapes and molds now available to make popsicles the “old fashioned” way. “All you have to do is pour your mix in to the molds, freeze, and enjoy your creation. Molds, like the Rocket Pops, are great for kids and adults, and everyone enjoys the whimsy of molds like the Zoku Characters. Traditional, or slow pops can be made with less sugar because you can run the mold under water to help the popsicle release. What is so great about making your own pops is that they can have a lot less sugar than store-bought. Lots of recipes use a fruit puree to provide the sugar and you can also use honey.”
“Try our recipe for Creamy Yogurt Pops. In the jar of a blender, combine 1 1/2 cups berries or other fruit such as peeled mango with 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt. Pour into molds and freeze. Unmold and enjoy!”