Zoku Mini Pops Review

Olivia loves popsicles, but there’s usually a lot of waste and mess involved when she tries to eat an adult sized pop on her own.  So, I was incredibly excited when I discovered the Zoku Mini Pop Mold and even more excited when Zoku sent us one to test out so I could share our experience with you!

I’m definitely a “beginner pinner”, but I had lots of fun browsing Pinterest for Zoku popsicle recipe ideas. Here’s a link to the board I created with the recipes I used, as well as some I saved for future use. I couldn’t decide on just one, so I made three flavors:

1) Cherry mascarpone – Olivia loved the mini pie bites I adapted from Freutcake, so I wanted to translate that flavor into a pop.  I put cherries and softened mascarpone into the blender, and added a dash of milk to get the consistency right.
2) Peanut butter and banana – This is an all natural, sugar-free, dairy-free recipe from Life With Geeta that I made once before, but found hard to scoop. Turning it into a pop was the perfect solution! I put half of a banana, 1/2 tablespoon of peanut butter and a bit of coconut oil (I use Nutiva) in the blender.
3) Chocolate and coconut – Hubby loves the combination and I didn’t want him to feel left out of our experiment 🙂 Plus, the Zoku can also be used as a candy mold, so I wanted to see if I could make popsicles and lollipops simultaneously! I melted some chocolate chips with a small amount of coconut oil and stirred in coconut flakes.

Since I was making very small portions of each (3 pops x 3 flavors), I just eyeballed the ingredients. I really don’t think it’s possible to screw them up.  However, I was curious how much liquid each silicone cup can hold – it’s about 3/4 of an ounce to the fill line, so you’ll need about 7 ounces.

Then, we waited.  Well, actually, we ran some errands and went out for pizza.  But when we got home, THESE were waiting for us!  I can’t even tell you how cool it was that the pops just “popped” cleanly out of the tray!  Not only that, but I took them out to photograph them, and was able to cleanly pop them back in the tray and put them back in the freezer for safekeeping when I was finished.

Olivia loved her cherry mascarpone pop – just look at that happy face! And it goes without saying that between hubby and I, the chocolate pops disappeared quickly.

There are a few features that really stood out for me as I used the Zoku Mini Pop Mold.

  • The molds are made of silicone (BPA and phthalate free) and automatically invert, so the pops can be transferred from the tray to our mouths at lightning speed!  There’s no need to bang the tray on the counter or run it under hot water.
  • The size is just perfect for Olivia. I, on the other hand, can devour an entire tray.  Also, the stick was easy for her to grip, which meant no spills.
  • The versatility; I love the fact that it also doubles as a candy mold.  I was able to make popsicles and lollipops in one go!

Note: This is a sponsored post. Zoku provided me with the Mini Pop Mold in order for me to review the product, but the opinions are clearly my own.

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