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Have you ever tried making Quick Pops with the Zoku Popsicle Maker?

Hot summer days are long, but so is the process of making traditional popsicles! It seems like such a good idea at the time, you put all the ingredients in the popsicle mold and then {crickets} wait and wait for it to freeze in the freezer. A better way is with new technology instant freeze popsicle makers and today I am going to share some of my favorites!

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Let’s make popsicles…quick!

When my kids were little, we used to take a lot of time making popsicles the old fashioned way. It was good when it was good, but there are drawbacks like sometimes I forgot that we made popsicles and the popsicle molds were left in the freezer for weeks, months…years? <–Don’t judge me!

The first time I was introduced to quick pop makers was when I was visiting the event spaces of the Chicago Home Show years ago and found that my life would be changed with a new category of ice molds. I watched in awe as they quickly made popsicles (or as they called them quick pops) in just a few minutes without much effort in their Zoku Quick Pop Maker booth.

When I got home I bought a Zoku Quick Pop Maker which was the first generation of Zoku popsicle makers and it became a daily hot days event during the summer.

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Products that Make Quick Popsicles

Zoku popsicle maker from Amazon - frozen popsicle made in quick pop maker
Let’s make popsicles with a pop maker!

Multiple Pop Maker

The original Zoku Quick Pop Maker worked really well for my family because it makes popsicles in about 7 minutes (which isn’t much time at all) and it has 3 popsicle spots meaning one for each of my three children. It doesn’t take any additional electricity or planning ahead as long as you store the empty quick pop maker in your freezer so it is ready when you are making popsicle time a relaxed place.

Oh! And if I wanted a popsicle, you can actually reuse the quick popsicle maker up to 3 times before it needs to be re-frozen. So if the kids had friends over, I could just reuse it several times as long as I had some additional sticks and dip guards.

If you want to make the popsicles ahead of time so you aren’t making popsicles with the kids waiting, Zoku has this cool quick pop storage case that stores popsicles in the freezer in an airtight container holding the quick pop sticks and dip guards upright.

Have some fun with the Zoku character kit which let’s kids decorate their popsicles with stencils creating really cool patterns.

zoku single pop maker from amazon - 5 single pop makers shown with removal bulb
We can make just one popsicle at a time!

Singe Pop Maker

And if you just need one popsicle at a time, Zoku Single Quick Pop Maker is for you. It also can be reused up to three times making 3 popsicles with the same freeze.

Products that Make Traditional Popsicles Better

I totally get that a quick pop maker may just seem unnecessary, and if that is the case in your house, here are some traditional popsicle molds that I really like for different reasons.

Zoku Classic Pop Molds – This classic popsicle mold has 6 easy release popsicle spots and comes with sticks with attached drip guards and is BPA-free. It is just a really good basic popsicle mold set.

dinosaur popsicles mold from Amazon
Let’s make dinosaur popsicles!

Dinosaur Pops – This silicone flexible mold creates 4 different dinosaur popsicles and what I love is the stick is actually the dinosaur tail.

Zoku Polar Pop Molds – These are 5 different characters all polar themed that are created when you make popsicles…pretty fun!

10 Pop Silicone Mold – I like this popsicle mold because it is large and makes the shape of popsicle I remember as a child. It can be used with traditional popsicle sticks and makes 10 popsicles at a time.

resealable disposable ice popsicle bags from amazon
Just like our favorite hot day ice pop!

Disposable Ice Pop Bags – This set of 125 disposable ice popsicle mold bags is reminiscent of the ice pops we would pull out of the ice chest on hot summer days. But this is a way you can make them the way you want!

Silicon Popsicle Molds with Lids – If you want the more earth-friendly version of the ice pop bags, then check out these cool mulit-colored ice pop molds with lids making it easy to take along and less messy to eat.

silicone popsicle mold 2 pack watermelon pineapple paw and heart
Perfect way to cool down this summer with a paw print popsicle!

Pop Molds – These big and bright silicone molds make big shapes that would be really fun for your next backyard playdate.

Mini Pop Molds – Make 7 of the cutest little egg bites lollipop style popsicles.

Beyond Popsicles with Ice Cream & Slushies

zoku ice cream maker for single serve ice cream pic from Amazon
Let’s make a serving of ice cream…fast!

Ice cream makers – OK, this isn’t exactly popsicles, I get that, but this is really cool (get it?) and convenient for making single serve ice cream at home. I don’t have one of these…yet. Next time this is what I am getting!

zoku ice cream maker for single serve ice cream pic from Amazon
Super quick single serving slushies & shakes with the Zoku slushie maker

Shake maker – Yep, this isn’t popsicle either but it is a really easy way to cool off this summer with a single serve shake or slushie. I have one of these for each of my kids in the freezer and they make their own slushies all the time. They are color coded so no one uses another kids!

Popsicle Recipes You Can’t Resist

One of the wonderful things about making homemade popsicles is that you can make whatever you want to make. You can make it healthier, you can make it with allergies in mind, you can substitute agave nectar for sugar, you can make them without sugar at all! Oh the popsicle choices…

Popsicle Recipes for kids - 50 easy popsicle recipes that work in traditional popsicle molds or quick pop makers like zoku
Let’s make popsicles!

Here are our favorite 50 homemade popsicles recipes we have collected here at Kids Activities Blog. So many amazing popsicle ideas for kids and beyond.

Make veggie popsicles with this family recipe…the kids will love it!

We love these monster popsicles for your monster loving popsicle eater…

The easiest popsicle in the world is this juice box push popsicle. Literally the easiest thing ever!

More Popsicle Fun from Kids Activities Blog

Summer Party Popsicle Bar with three containers of ice holding colorful popsicles for kids to grab and eat
Let’s make a popsicle bar with all our yummy homemade popsicles!

Have you used a quick popsicle maker? What did you think?

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