Last summer, a friend very kindly gave me a Zoku Quick Pop Maker. She didn't have a whole lot of use for it and me having kids, she thought it a good idea for my family. I graciously accepted the gift with great intentions of using it straight away. That was nine months ago. Oops! A couple of days ago, my daughter asked me what ever happened to the ice lolly maker. Then I remembered it. Hidden in the laundry room along with many other unused and broken stuff that we always plan on getting around to. I was shamed. I brought it into the kitchen, got out the instructions and gave it a whirl.
Prior to using this ice lolly maker, the only kind I have ever used were the kind you buy for a couple of bucks and put in the freezer to freeze. This one is different. Using the same technology as an ice cream maker, it freezes the pops on the counter! Just amazing. I feel like a kid at Christmas. It is going to be a fun summer coming up with new ice pop ideas.
Our first attempt, we made Nutella pops & strawberry smoothie pops. Both were successful and eaten in minutes. So, after being amazed at the machine and stunned that it worked, we went on to attempt other stuff. Yesterday we came up with these layered pops and they were delicious and refreshing. The possibilities are endless.
Now, I understand that the majority of people don't own a Zoku Quick Pop Maker. Don't let this put you off making your own ice pops at home. You can just as easily use the dollar store kind and just wait for them to freeze the old fashioned way.
Note: It is always best to use cold ingredients as it will freeze quicker. If you are using the Zoku Quick Pop Maker, keep it stored in the freezer at all times. This way, there is no waiting time when you want to make ice pops. It has to be completely frozen like an ice cream maker in order for it to work. The machine has three slots, which means you can only make three at a time. But they are done in about 10 minutes, so the waiting time is minimal. You can get about 9 in total before having to re freeze the machine. We think it is brilliant!
Considering this was my first attempt at making layered ice pops, I think they turned out pretty cool. Maybe not Pinterest prefect yet, but watch this space.
In the recipe below we state times using the Zoku Quick Pop Maker. If you are making them old fashioned way, obviously the freeze time will be in the freezer and much longer. Keep this in mind if you are making them in the plastic moulds. From my experience in the past, it can take anywhere between 4 - 6 hours, depending on what you are freezing and the temperature of your freezer.
Layered Tropical Greek Yoghurt Pops
Makes 6 / Prep time: 10 minutes / Freeze time: 10 minutes
For the Tropical Greek Yoghurt Layer:
1/2 Cup/120 ml Greek yoghurt
1/2 Cup/120 ml tropical juice
2 Tablespoons sugar
For the Tropical Juice Layer:
3/4 Cup/180 ml tropical juice
For the Strawberry Smoothie Layer:
1/2 Cup/120 ml Greek Yoghurt
2/3 Cup/135 grams fresh strawberries, chopped
2 Tablespoons sugar
Make the tropical Greek yoghurt layer by whisking the Greek yoghurt, juice and sugar together. Set aside. Make the strawberry smoothie layer by blending the Greek yoghurt, fresh strawberries and sugar in the blender until smooth. Set aside.
Have your ice pop maker ready with the sticks already inserted. Pour in about 1/3 the way up the strawberry smoothie layer. Let sit for about 3 minutes. Next, pour in the tropical juice layer and let sit for about 3 minutes. Finally, pour in the tropical Greek yoghurt layer. Leave it for about 5 minutes, and then remove them and repeat the steps to make six more.
Can be eaten straight away or stored in the freezer for a later time to enjoy.
Click the downloadable link below to print recipe!
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