The Only Kitchen Equipment a Mom Needs—Now!

 

Ugh. Summer is here. I’m not a big fan of hot, sticky, humid days—the kind of days that make your arm pits resemble swimming pools. Of course, part of me loves summer—the part that likes to eat. Oh man, there’s nothing better than fresh berries, corn grilled over an open flame or—something I’d forgotten—Popsicles!

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My cousin gave me one of those Zoku Quick Pop Makers for Christmas. At the time, I was like, “Oh great, another appliance I have to find room to store,” but I dug it out a couple of weeks ago and now I’m totally hooked. So is Maisie!
What I love about it is that I can make a Popsicle in a matter of minutes (as long as I’ve remembered to put the thing in the freezer the night before). The truly cool thing is unlike with all the other molds, in which you put the liquid in and then wait for it to freeze, the Zoku freezes outside your freezer, which means no spilled, icky juice in the freezer. You can make up to nine pops at a time.

 

You may not want to splurge for a $50 Popsicle mold. I can’t say I would have if I hadn’t gotten it as a gift, but have no fear. You can buy all sorts of cool Popsicle molds these days. There’s the Tovolo Blue Rocket Pop Mold for $10 at Bed, Bath & Beyond. You get six cool rocket-ship molds with nice drip trays. Tovolo also makes these jewel molds which make me think of those big, fake, candy rings I used to buy as a girl. Amazon sells them for $10.

Another cool kind of mold is made out of silicone by Lekue. You can get two molds from LaPrima Kitchen for $8.50 and these push up, which means no dripping! Cool, eh?

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And, of course, there are always the cheapy molds you buy in the local five and dime, not to mention the way we did it as a kid: a paper cup with a stick in it. Ready for a little history? Popsicles were invented by accident. In 1905, this eleven-year-old kid named Frank Epperson left a cup filled with powdered soda, water, and a stirring stick on his front porch in San Francisco. It froze over night and—voila!

 

In 1923, Epperson introduced his “Epsicle” at a park in Alameda, California. His kids called them Pop’s ‘sicle and begged him to change the name. One thing led to another and now, there are two billion Popsicles sold every year—not to mention the ones we all make. Way to go, Frank!

 

By making them myself, however, I can make all these really wonderful and healthy treats for Maisie (and me). She thinks it’s dessert, but I know I’m sneaking her un-sugared juice and yogurt and fruit and all sorts of other goodies. There are recipes galore on the Internet. Heck, there’s even an entire cookbook devoted to them called Pops!: Icy Treats for Everyone.

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So go ahead, summer: hit us with your best shot. Me and my Zoku are ready for you. Of course, my next task is figuring out how to get all those melted Popsicles out of Maisie’s clothes!

 

 

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