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Tovolo Rocket Pops

Popsicle Molds Tovolo Rocket Pops

Tovolo Rocket Pop molds work great to make frozen treats just like popsicles for those hot summer days using gourmet recipes or those simple flavored sugar and water concoctions.

Ease of Use/Performance: 4.5/5
Convenience/Storage 4/5
Appearance/Design 4.5/5
How much I enjoy 5/5

Total: 4.5/5

popsicle Tovolo Rocket Pops

Stir up some flavored drink mix, Kool-Aid for us older folks, double strength and freeze overnight for the traditional popsicle treats we had when we were kids. For even better gourmet treats like Strawberry Shortpop and Marble Cheesecake you can use special recipes with additional ingredients like fresh strawberries and malted milk balls.

You can get some great recipes from the internet and from recipe books like the Zoku Quick Pops recipe book for some great frozen treats that are easy to make from ingredients from your grocery store. Even if you only make those flavored drink mix popsicles you can still make a great frozen treat that is delicious and easy with the Tovolo Rocket Pop Molds.

The Tovolo Rocket Pop Molds make a great frozen treat for everyone and is easy to use for freezing treats using simple recipes or more complex concoctions. The Tovolo Rocket Pop Mold kit comes with a base for the molds, six molds with handles and the instructions that are printed on the box.

Rocket Pop Details

The mold base has small indents that fit the ends of the molds or the sleeve as the instructions call them for holding the pops upright while they freeze and for filling. The molds fit nicely into the base and once you fill each one with your current recipe the handles fit inside till their frozen and ready for you to enjoy.

Once your popsicle treats are frozen you will probably need to run them under some hot water for a few seconds to get them out if they don’t slide out when you first try. Most of the time I have had to run them under hot water for a few seconds as just gentle squeezing of the mold and pulling on the handle usually did not get the treat out of the mold.

I only had a few times when the handle came out of the frozen treat without bringing the treat with it but I think this was due to the recipe. If your recipe uses a lot of sugar it will not freeze as solid as lower sugar ones so you need to make sure you don’t use too much sugar.

Popsicles ready for the freezer

I have tried the traditional Kool-Aid recipes but have really liked the recipes like the malted milk and cheesecake ones I have found in the Zoku Quick Pops recipe book. I have also tried several recipes from the internet where you can find a wide variety of recipes from plenty of handy sites like Allrecipes.com.

Try using sugar substitutes like Stevia to make your frozen treats and keep them low in calories but still tasty and sweet that will freeze very well. The Stevia you buy in grocery stores makes a great substitute and works cup for cup just like sugar without nearly as many calories and it will freeze better than sugar.

The Tovolo molds, handles and base are a nice thick plastic that freezes well but remains slightly flexible even when frozen solid. All the parts are made of a plastic that remains flexible but they are not thin like those cheap popsicle molds you buy at stores.

assorted pops

The molds show no signs of cracking or problems with the repeated freezing and look good as new even with the squeezing of the molds trying to get the pops out. The one hint I can give when using the Rocket Pop Mold is not to get any liquids in the indents that are on the base and then tossing it into the freezer.

If liquid freezes in the indents the molds themselves can be hard to push into the indents when trying to add molds to the base after the base has been in the freezer. Washing the parts of the mold is easy with hot soapy water and rinsing clean or washing in the dishwasher.

I have been using the popsicle molds for a month through some very hot weather and really enjoyed using the pops and trying out various recipes that are delicious. One thing that makes these nicer than the one piece molds is the fact that you can take one pop out and not have to take a full tray from the freezer.

I have found the Rocket Pop Molds at Bed Bath & Beyond as well as online for about $10 which is a good price for these tough molds. I highly recommend the Tovolo Rocket Pop Molds for a great way to make frozen treats using a wide variety of popsicle recipes or the simple ones using drink mixes.

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Popsicle Maker Zoku Quick

Popsicle Maker Zoku Single Quick Pop Maker & Quick Pops Recipe Book

The Zoku Quick Pop Maker is a frozen treat maker that uses a pre frozen base unit to quickly make popsicles and the Quick Pops Recipe Book has all the help and recipes for those great tasting treats right at your fingertips.

Ease of Use/Performance: 2.5/5
Convenience/Storage 2/5
Appearance/Design 4/5
How much I enjoy 2.5/5

Total: 2.5/5

Zoku Quick Pop Maker

The Zoku Single Quick Pop Maker is a simple frozen popsicle or frozen treat maker that uses a frozen base with a single popsicle well to make your treat. The Zoku Pop Maker needs to be frozen to work but it takes about ten minutes to create your very own frozen treat on a plastic stick.

The Zoku Pop Maker comes in a single, double and three pop maker base with accessories like a storage case and chocolate dipping station also available. The Quick Pops Recipe Book is the other item I received and really makes the use of the Quick Pop Maker a treat in itself as it gives a lot of recipes and ideas.

The Single Quick Pop Maker costs about $25, the double maker costs about $37 and the three pop maker costs about $50 while the recipe book costs about $17. They can be found at the Zoku website as well as Amazon and other websites and at Macy’s for a brick and mortar store.

Zoku Pop Maker Whats in the Box

The Quick Pop Makes comes with a base unit, pop sticks, drip shields, and a Super Tool that is used to remove the popsicle form the base after it is frozen. The Quick Pop Maker is simply frozen for a day or so in order to start using it and can make a few quick pops depending on their ingredients.

The Quick Pop Maker can make 2 or 3 Quick Pops that are mostly water based flavored popsicles but for milk or yogurt based you may only get 1 or 2. The ingredients are the key factor for how fast the popsicles freeze and how many you can make before having to refreeze the base unit.

I would have to say that if you’re going to get a Quick Pop Maker buy the recipe book as well to save yourself the trial and error hassles that a prepared book of recipes can help you with. The Zoku Quick Pop Maker is a simple base unit filled with a freezable liquid that is the heart of the pop maker and with its popsicle shaped well you can quickly make treats.

Seeing how the Zoku Works

After creating the recipe for your popsicle you simple pour the ingredients in the well and place the stick in till it freezes then pull out the treat. You remove the pop by using the screw on Super Tool that is simply a pry tool that uses a threaded rod and the threads inside the popsickle sticks handles as a pry tool.

Each stick has a threaded nut that is inside the handle but is only about a quarter inch long while the tool also has a threaded rod with a quarter inch of threads. This means when the tool is threaded onto a handle there is a point where the handle is loose once both threads are past each other.

When the Super Tool is screwed onto the popsicle handle while a frozen treat has been made the treat will start to pull out because of the threads. Once the treat has pulled out some you will have to pull the treat out fully using simple hand pressure.

Orange and Vanilla Popsicle

This works well as long as the treat is fully frozen but several times I had difficulty removing the treat or only got parts of the popsicle out of the maker. I think this was mainly due to the ingredients used and the amounts of sugar and other things that did not allow some recipes to freeze as quickly as others or as completely.

A few times I pulled only part of a popsicle out and had to wash out or scrape out the rest using a wooden chop stick but this did not happen all the time. On several recipes I had no problems pulling the popsicle out easily but sometimes I only got the popsicle out part way and had to pull it out which usually broke the treat.

I did get several pops to work and come out of the pop maker easily and as they should but as often as good ones came out I also had ones come apart or not come out. A few times I could not pull the stick out and was afraid of breaking the plastic stick because I was pulling so hard on the stick.

I really am torn between recommending this as a fun kids kitchen gadget and just leaving well enough alone but it also has its problems. After reading several Amazon customers complaints I do feel this is not exactly a very good product and can only recommend it somewhat.

Malted Milk Pops

The Zoku Pop Maker does work some of the time and with some recipes better than others if you do follow the recipe book and get the right amounts of ingredients. This is not one of those devices where you will get good results all the time but with some experimenting you can get results that are good enough.

The Zoku Quick Pop Maker does work if you do get the ingredients right and wait long enough for the pop to freeze but the ingredients seem to be the key. I think if you get the right amount of sugar the pop will freeze properly but with other ingredients like yogurt or milk based pops this may not work well.

Several of the yogurt and odd popsicles I tried like cheesecake did not work well and I had pieces that stuck in the pop maker so I had to either wash them out or pry them out with a chop stick. I used a chop sick because I felt it would not scratch the nonstick coating of the pop maker but it would be strong enough to get the pieces out.

The Zoku Quick Pops Recipe Book is a great recipe book for these frozen treats but needs to be followed exactly so that the treats freeze as they should. I think this is the main reason the pops that I had difficulty with was entirely due to the recipe not allowing the pop to freeze fast enough to make the treat easy to pull out.

The recipe book does have a lot of tips and hints to help not only making basic popsicles but for making layered and different type of popsicles like adding fruit and other ingredients. The recipe book can be used as a standalone recipe collection for frozen treats which is probably what I am going to be using it for.

I currently have an orange and cream recipe we have been digging through that was frozen ion a Tupperware container and we dish it up like any sherbet. I also just put in a container of strawberry and cream treats that will be ready for us to enjoy tomorrow but until then we do have some of the orangescicle sherbet to enjoy.

I am not sure I could recommend the Zoku Quick Pop Maker as other than a fun way to make a few popsicles from time to time but the recipe book also available from Zoku sure is worth the recipes.

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