Imagine a beautiful summer’s afternoon.  The sun is shining and the temperature is rising.  The kids want to make their own ice blocks, which sounds great in theory, but explaining to 5 year olds that they won’t actually be ready until bed time, which means they can’t actually eat them until tomorrow, is no easy task.  Nobody, and I mean nobody, wants to put up with kids asking every 10 minutes if their ice blocks are frozen yet.  When you feel like an ice block, you feel like an ice block.  You can’t plan feeling like an ice block 8 hours ahead of time.

The Zoku quick pop maker solves that problem, and we kind of love it.  They weren’t kidding when they named this thing ‘quick pop’.  Your very own ice block creations, in 7 minutes flat.  No plug, no batteries.  Just ice cold deliciousness from your bench top.  After freezing the unit for an initial 24 hour period, the Zoku maker is ready to go.  Pour in your ice block creation – juices, chocolate milk, yoghurt, ginger beer; the possibilities are endless – and in 7-9 minutes you will have the first ice blocks ready to go.  The unit can make 3-4 rounds in a row before needing a bit of a recharge in the freezer, but an hour or two is usually enough.  It’s small enough that you can store it in the freezer and have it ready to go anytime.

The largest quick pop maker is a trio, but remember that you can do a few rounds so there should be enough for everyone.  The retail price in NZ is a little pricey, but it will serve you well all summer.  One of our MoTs in the office bought one as their family Christmas present last year (30% off at Living and Giving) and it turned out to be an absolute hit.  The kids loved ordinary yoghurt turned into yoghurt pops, and they had fun making layered colours as well.

And yes, we know you are all wondering.  You can make delicious alcoholic versions for you!  (Berry Mojito pops, anyone?)  There are plenty of recipes on the Zoku blog such as Coconut Mango,  Lemon Blueberry,  and chocolate covered Cherries and Cream)  Keep it simple, or go all out.  This could definitely be fun this Summer.

(Zoku have also released quick milkshake and ice-cream makers!  You’ll find all the info right here).


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  1. Kate

    January 9, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    I may be being blonde but we were gifted one, which was awesome, and I could never pull out the block once frozen? Any tips???

    • Profile photo of mumsontop

      January 9, 2015 at 8:26 pm

      Do you have the colored knob type ‘thing’ that screws on to the top of the handle?? Once the ice block is ready, you put that on and twist it around and around and you will feel the ice block release. then you can pull it out and put the drip guard on! Hope that helps. If not, there are lots of you tube reviews that will show you! : )

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  3. Profile photo of aimeeandstella

    October 21, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Wow this looks amazing! How handy

    • Profile photo of mumsontop

      October 24, 2014 at 10:45 pm

      It really is fabulous! Lots of experimentation to be had. I can confirm yoghurt ones are delicious!


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