Unitasker Wednesday: Zoku Quick-Pop Maker

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For those times when waiting a couple hours to make traditional ice pops in your freezer is just a ridiculous request, there is the Zoku Quick Pop Maker:

This appliance makes three (yes, THREE!) pops at a time in less than 10 minutes, and it costs $50. Like most newer model ice cream makers, the shell of the Zoku Quick-Pop Maker has to live in your freezer until you’re ready to use it, otherwise it takes more than two hours to freeze the shell first. In the end, it might take you more time to use this device (if the shell isn’t already frozen), about $40 more, takes up a good chunk of storage space, and makes considerably fewer ice pops than traditional methods. Maybe there are ice pop emergencies I’m not aware of that this device is perfect for solving? Or … maybe not.

(via Serious Eats)

27 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: Zoku Quick-Pop Maker”

  1. posted by Nicole on

    The price of this gadget is ridiculous, as is the logic behind it (it takes too long to make Popsicles?), but those pops look kinda awesome.

  2. posted by Reader on

    I’ve seen this at Williams Sonoma and have considered buying it. You can make pops in exotic flavors in no time at all. I think it would be fun at a small dinner party. It also would come in handy if you wanted to make yourself a low-calorie desert very quickly. But the point about having to keep it in the freezer is well-taken.

    It’s pricey, but it’s WS.

  3. posted by Sarah on

    I saw this in the catalog, and what struck me (after the price) was indeed the number of pops it makes. Why on earth three?

  4. posted by missdona on

    @Reader. I looked at it too. It needs a significant amount of sugar release from the mold, so that was a deal breaker for me.

  5. posted by joss on

    A dinner party of three? The popsicles are pretty, but you could make a strawberry-with-banana-slices popsicle with anything else.

  6. posted by Adam Snider on

    While this is, indeed, a silly and expensive unitasker, are the traditional “stick it in the freezer” versions any less a unitasker? This is silly not so much because it’s a unitasker, but because it’s so damn expensive.

  7. posted by JessA on

    So, you put this in the freezer to await that perfect moment when you want a popsicle in 8 minutes flat?

    AND it’s $50.00???

  8. posted by finallygettingtoeven.com on

    Just wait til next summer, you will probably find one in someone’s garage sale for $2, next to all the other ‘gadgets’ one thought they could not live without.

  9. posted by pixelheresy on

    Actually, my wife and I got a two pack of these and (even though a long-time Uncluttterer reader and Real Simple subscriber) we really like these.

    We managed to get a two pack bundle (for something like $70), so yeah expensive, but something we do use regularly since my wife is pregnant. She is *so* very into eating popsicles, especially fruit juice or non-HFCS lemon/limeade. Each set comes with (I think) 6 sticks, and you can make a batch and still make second [or even third] if you needed to. They also freeze (by and large) sooner than 10 min, in my experience.

    Yeah, they need to live in your freezer, but we have a chest freezer in our basement storage unit (we live in a condo, so simple/efficient living is normally the rule), it’s just me going up and down the stairs and not having to worry about the thing clogging limited in-kitchen freezer space.

    I did, however, “hack” the two of them for another purpose, once when I had people over for dinner. Ice cube trays were empty [and no ice maker in our little freezer] so I made a couple of batches of ice on the quick with these things. Sure, not indispensable, but we have used it at least once a week, if not more, on average since we got it.

    Certainly the Zoku is not as ridiculous as most of the others featured in the column.

  10. posted by pixelheresy on

    @missdona Nonsense. You don’t need sugar. They are harder to come out by hand, but the kit has a little tool [the orange thing in the picture] that helps lift out stuck pops. It screws into the stick and half-way through the thread, it hit the top of the Zoku. You keep turning and it pull the pop out evenly. I don’t think we ever broke one. The sticks themselves have patterns which give it a texture so it cannot just slide out of the block of ice.

    And being wacky, we have tried things like Crystal Light (which has no sugar) and as I said, water [albeit breaking the ice off the stick so we can serve it was a little task].

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    posted by chacha1 on

    dang, now I want some ice cream!

  12. posted by kengi on

    I have the Zoku and It’s really amazing. it makes healthy pops fast (as advertised 7-9 minutes!), and you can also make things like creamsicles that you cannot make with other pop molds. It doesn’t need much sugar at all to work well. Alternative sweeteners like agave nectar and honey work just fine too. Also the post in unclutterer says that it makes 3, but it actually makes 9. I think the reviewer on serious eats gave a pretty fair review and they actually used it!

  13. posted by Steve on

    I have this and the kids love it. You may think that this is ridiculous, but I think that you need a reality check. This is a great product and a lot of fun. It is way cheaper than going to Baskin Robins or Ben and Jerry’s. It is way healthier as well. Most of all, each of our three kids gets to have an evening of fun making wild shapes and Popsicles out of yogurt and fruit. It is also fun when guests stop by. We are actually thinking about buying a second one. You should really purchase the products before you ridicule them. It really just makes you look, ridiculous.

  14. posted by henave on

    I think it is absolutely insane. We buy popsicles by the case of 100 for $2.79. Of course, we are simple people with no gourmet tastes, so that may account for our satisfaction with cheap popsicles. I have tried to smuggle in upmarket ice cream and the kids were not interested- they want the cheap popsicles. Lucky me:)

  15. posted by way2busymom on

    We have two of these we got for our 12 yo’s birthday gift. You may think it’s silly but it’s kept a gaggle of tween & teen girls occupied & excited about creating new healthy treats. Current favorite? Strawberries from the farmer’s market, muddled with a little sugar & then frozen. For me, it’s worth it to see their interest in good food grow on a daily basis.

  16. posted by charlotte on

    Just watch the video on the Williams-Sonoma website, you’ll want one!

    I don’t own it, but have definitely considered it.

  17. posted by Rosa on

    I have a set of Tupperware popsicle molds that are probably from the ’70s – my mom gave them to me.

    They are great for making healthy treats, just like this thing. They do take as long as half an hour to freeze, which i suppose might be a problem for some people.

    BUT they are machine-washable, and they stack together to store tidily in a drawer when not in use (except for the little stand, which is kind of oddly shaped.)

    But even those are a unitasker. This is just dumb.

  18. posted by Sam on

    I actually kind of want one.

    I have a cheaper normal popsicle mold, however when I used it with my old mini chest freezer I had to really carefully arrange all of the frozen food to get it in and not tip over before it was frozen. In my new place I discovered that the mold won’t fit upright into any part of my freezer. My husband and I have been pondering how to make popsicle. The useful thing about this gadget is that it doesn’t have to be upright in the freezer so it looks like it would fit easily into a little ice box on its side or packed in tightly with the frozen peas. I wouldn’t have to worry about spilling popsicle filling all over the bottom of my freezer (which I have done several times).

  19. posted by Carmen on

    ice pop “emergency”? Seems smarter to head to the grocery store.

  20. posted by Nat on

    Sorry, I really kind of want one so we can have a steady supply for our teething tot. We ran out of popsicles one day. It was not pretty.

  21. posted by STL Mom on

    I think it’s kind of silly, but pregnant women and parents of teething tots have my permission to buy any silly gadget that makes them feel better!

  22. posted by Reader on

    I think I may get one. I’d like to lose a few pounds and it sounds like an easy way to make varied, interesting, healthy treats.

    I was also thinking that if you had guests over you could try making them with different liqueurs.

    I’m glad some people agreed with me that it’s not a silly contraption.

  23. posted by David on

    henave, what’s the nutritional value of those $2.79 for 100 popsicles?

    I’m willing to bet that it’s near zero

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    posted by Erin Doland on

    @David — Nutritional value is irrelevant. You can make unhealthy choices in this device very easily.

  25. posted by Charityuk on

    Oooh, I wonder if they are sold in the UK? I have moulds that get scattered all over the freezer and drive me nuts, plus the kids (5 and 2) are NOT good at waiting or being understanding if I’ve run out of the particular flavour they suddenly have a burning desire to eat that very minute.

  26. posted by Reader on

    David:

    I had the exact same thought. At least this gadget give you control over your frozen treats. I, for one, would tend to use considerably less sugar than one finds in commercial pops.

    Although I don’t agree with this post, I’m enjoying this blog so far.

  27. posted by Natasha on

    Every time I click over to see the comments on a Unitasker post, I think “Ok, THIS is the week where everyone agrees with how stupid this is.”

    I thought FOR SURE this would be that week.

    Nope. Hilarious!

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