I recently got a Zoku Quick Pop Maker. I have been eyeing them at Williams-Sonoma for ages, and when we had a heat wave in April, I remembered how gross summer can be in Boston (and if it was 90 degrees in April, what would happen in July?!). I realized then that this would be a basic survival necessity. So I placed my order and started daydreaming about all the things I would freeze into pop form.
So even though when the pop maker arrived it was a good thirty degrees cooler out than when I ordered it, I was smitten. I love being able to make small batches and experiment with lots of different flavors and varieties of pops. They can be as healthy (or unhealthy for that matter) as I like them!
After the initial freezing period (longest 24 hours ever) I got started by making some simple juice pops, and the process is so easy. You just mix together whatever you want as a popsicle (as long as its consistency is pourable and it cannot be sugar free, since natural sugars are needed in the process, you're all set), pour it into the mold (each mold holds just about 2 ounces), wait for 7ish minutes, then voila! Popsicles!
Cranberry Orange Pops (makes 2 pops)
3 ounces Ocean Spray 100% cranberry juice (in whatever variety you like, I had cran-raspberry on hand so I used that)
1 ounce fresh orange juice
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
Stir together ingredients and freeze