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Tropical Pineapple and Mixed Berry Ice Pops {Zoku Quick Pop Maker Recipe}

Tropical Pineapple & Mixed Berry Ice Pops - dairy-free and delicious, perfect to beat the heat this summer!

Summer vacation starts next week! I can’t wait for hot days hanging out in our neighbourhood, running through the sprinkler, and sitting on the steps eating popsicles. I remember way back when I would experiment with making popsicles in those plastic pop trays that you put in the freezer overnight. Fun, but as a kid it took FOREVER! There were never popsicles ready when I wanted one.

I was really excited to try out the Zoku Quick Pop Maker for this very reason. The Zoku claims to make ice pops in as little as seven minutes right on your counter top. Here’s what you get in the box: the pop maker, six sticks, six drip guards, and the Super Tool remover.

Zoku Quick Pop Maker comes with 6 sticks, 6 drip guards, and a Super Tool.

The Zoku Quick Pop Maker is so simple to use. Just put the unit in the freezer for at least 24 hours before first use. When you’re ready for some ice pops, insert the sticks, pour in your liquid, then watch it freeze! Zoku advertises you can get three batches of three pops before needing to refreeze the Zoku, but you only get six sticks with this set. That works out okay with four of us in the family, but I would really like to get another set of sticks so I can make a few extra pops for the next day.

This set doesn’t come with any recipes, so I came up with my own. I wanted to make healthy as well as delicious ice pops so I skipped the sugary drinks for my pops. I’ve mentioned before that both hubs and Kay are dairy-intolerant so unfortunately yogurt was also out. Instead I whipped up some Tropical Pineapple and Mixed Berry Ice Pops with coconut milk, frozen mixed berries, pineapple, and a touch of vanilla and cinnamon.

I decided to get creative with some beautiful local strawberries I had in my fridge. I cut them into thin slices and gently pressed them on the inside of the pop molds using a pair of chopsticks. I inserted the Zoku sticks in and poured the berry-pineapple-coconut mix in. They were the most tasty pops evah! Everybody wanted seconds, and because they were just fruit and coconut milk with no added sugar, I was happy to oblige. Healthy and delicious!

Enjoying Tropical Pineapple & Mixed Berry Ice Pops

Tropical Pineapple and Mixed Berry Ice Pops

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries strawberries, raspberries, blueberries
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients to the blender and puree.
  • Pour into ice pop molds and freeze.
This little machine does exactly what it says it does. It took 8 minutes for the first batch to be frozen solid all the way through, and 11 minutes for the second batch. By the time the second set was frozen, we’d already eaten the first so I gave the sticks a quick wash and popped them back in the Zoku for a third batch that froze in about 15 minutes.

One important thing to note is that the pops need some sugar content for them to release from the mold. Water, carbonated beverages, and artificially sweetened liquids will stick inside the molds. I never added any sugar to my mixes though – the natural sugars in the fruit worked just fine. The included Super Tool screws onto the handle and pulls the ice pop out. It worked every time, and I never had any trouble with ice pops getting stuck inside.

I’ve been using our Zoku Quick Pop Maker every day, and I think it’s going to get a lot of use this summer. Aren’t you craving one of these fun ice pops now? It’s like a Rorschach inkblot test crossed with some abstract art. The girls thought they were extra delicious like this.

Zoku quick pop with strawberry slices

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  • That’s a great recipe! NO SUGAR!! 🙂
    I was looking at the Zoku Quick Pop Maker online…a little pricey, but it looks like it’s a great item to have over the summer.
    The girls look super pleased with their pops!

    • I’ve been using ours almost every day so it’s worth it to me. The kids always want more, but I don’t mind because they’re healthy and made from real food. I wouldn’t let them have store bought pops like that.

  • I love making popsicles for my kids. And they love eating them. I thought about buying some from the store last week but when I looked at the ingredient list I almost died! I’m so glad we make our own!

  • I just love this wee machine! I’ve been wanting one of these for over a year but for some reason haven’t bought one; it must be an old age thing lol I bet we get one this summer I’d love to be able to make healthy frozen treats for my grandkids and for myself and husband as well!

    • I absolutely recommend getting one. We’ve been using ours every day, and the pops are so much better for you and your grandkids than store bought.

  • NO SUGAR,I love it,I dislike store bought treats like popsicles / freezies there is always so much added sugar that our body does not need.I will be checking this out thanks

  • Thank you for the review and introducing me to a unique company. I’m impressed by the awards Zoku has won especially the 2011 Goodhouse Keepiing award.

  • I love the idea on the Zoku blog to make breakfast pops with greek yogurt and berries! That’s so brilliant!

  • So many good flavors in the recipes for different pops… I would like to try the Caramel Popcorn Quick Pops or the Cherry Creme. I don’t drink or use alcohol in recipes but I’d like to try the recipes for pops and just not use the alcohol 🙂

  • I would LOVE to make the Coconut-Mango Quick Pops!! Actually, several of the recipes caught my eye!!

  • I learned that the Quick Pop Maker is BPA and Phthalate free. My grandchildren would love this!

  • what a great way to make healthy pops for the family and love there slush and shake maker 😉 thanks

  • I really want to try root beer float Popsicles ! i have the single zoku but its not enough for the whole family now ..

  • would love to try making the coconut mango quickpops….yummm.
    having a zoku would sure help with the late night cravings….

  • I want the Zoku so I can make the Orange Julius quick pop recipe!! Sounds SOOO good! (As do ALL the recipes!) 🙂

  • These look so amazing my family would love them and knowing I can make them gluten free is so important so my son with Celiacs disease does not get sick.

  • I’ve never seen these before, but they’re awesome! I learned Zoku’s Super Tool is specially designed to quickly release the frozen treats from their molds.

  • I would LOVE to have one of these! I have a big bowl of fresh-picked raspberries that I’m sure would make great ice pops.

  • I love your recipe, especially the way your pressed the strawberries, really looks cool! I went on the Zoku site and discovered they have a lot of recipes, would love to win on of these and the first thing I would make would be the Ice Cream Sundae Mini Pops, they look so yummy 🙂

  • I would love to try a tropical popsicle…maybe mango and pineapple with coconut milk….YUM!

  • My first flavor of Ice Pop that I would make would be Orange, Cherry ~ perfect ♥ Simply perfect ♥

  • I saw these neat ice pops on Pinterest using Sprite and gummy bears – would love to try those first!