Disclosure: I received this product free for review from Zoku. All opinions and poorly shot iPhone videos remain my own.
When I went on the hunt for new homemade popsicle molds, I had three things in mind:
- I wanted to make healthy frozen treats for Cub, who is resistant to fruit when he is with me (but apparently crazy about it at Day Care.);
- I wanted molds that would be sturdy. I’ve thrown away countless popsicle molds made of cheap plastic because they’ve simply cracked or the sticks have broken;
- I wanted molds that were easy to use, since the main reason for the broken sticks in point #2 was because of how impossible it was to liberate frozen treats from my previous molds, causing sticks to break as I attempted to use warm-water-wrestling to release them.
If you share any or all of the aforementioned concerns, then Zoku molds are definitely for you. I received the Mini Pops mold free to facilitate this review, but have since purchased their regular-sized molds since I liked them so much! (And since I have a larger frozen-treat appetite than can be appeased by the Mini Pop mold.)
Observe the following high-production-value clip, showing exactly how easy it is to get a Mini Pop out of the mold, straight out of the freezer:
No broken sticks, no running the mold under hot water… just push the bottom of the mold and pop out your frozen treat!
So far I’ve kept my frozen-treat making fairly simple, using just vanilla Greek yogurt to make frozen yogurt, or swirling in some strawberry jam with the yogurt for a fruitier option. I also pour the last drops of whatever smoothie I’ve made into any of the empty spots in the mold! (Tip: my best smoothie concoction so far, which is delicious frozen, is Liberté White Chocolate Greek Yogurt with strawberries and a banana.)
The Mini Pop mold makes a treat that is like a generous lollipop: the perfect size for a toddler.
The only design improvement I would make for the Mini Pops mold is the inclusion of extra sticks. They’re quite small, and I have a feeling that it won’t be long before we’ve lost one or two…
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What’s your favourite frozen treat recipe?