Saturday, December 6, 2014
Pops and Milkshakes for the Holidays?
I liked how ZOKU packed these supplies, not much wasted packing paper, everything firmly in place yet easy to remove. I do have to say that opening the two recipe books was a challenge because of the plastic being so tightly over them but I got it. They sent me a ton of extra pop sticks and guards so I can serve a huge party... how to store these in the freezer is challenge. There are a lot of pieces to this entire thing that is a storage challenge in general. Companies need to really think about that more.
The other boxes I was sent are all focused on making frozen pops and I used each of them in some fashion for the testing. Let's just briefly look at each item before I get to the creation of pops. I had an assistant (my hubby) for this as well and multiple taste testers at two separate parties.
Quick Pop Maker Trio makes 3 pops at a time. Inside is the maker itself plus 6 sticks, 6 drip guards, and a Super Tool which is a gripper to help you remove the sticks with the pops on them.
The Storage Case is basically a bottom that holds 6 sticks and a cover so you can store 6 finished pops. The cover is semi-transparent so you can sort of see what designs are inside. It would be better if it were truly transparent to show off your creations. We'll use the bottom part as a sort of serving track to offer the pops at our big party like I did for my mini party last night.
A box of 6 sticks and 6 drip guards... for those keeping track that makes 18 sticks and drip guards so far...
A box of Tools that includes 3 Pour Cups, 1 Angle Tray, 1 Siphon, 1 Fruit Wand, and 2 Fruit Stencils made of metal.
16 canvas bags that say "ZOKU" on them which I gave away to the folks willing to try the pops out at my two parties and give me their opinions of them. You'll see them in the photos of some of the folks I gave them too; I only took photos with permission to post them.
Finally I received the Pop recipe book and three of the ZOKU catalogs for their other products. I gave the catalogs away, too.
In case you'd like to look and see what recipes you could make before you buy these, check out the ZOKU blog for ideas here. I looked at this page myself and it goes beyond the cookbook as well as repeat the basic directions and suggestions.
So what did I make with all of this? Note: I used a zero calories substitute in these and it worked just fine. Using lower fat products may also help but I opted for whole milk or heavy cream where called so I was switching out too many ingredients at once.
There is a problem with the Chocolate Station that is not covered in the little booklet that comes with it. Every time you dip you lower the temp of the topping and after a few pops the topping starts to harden in the station. I found drizzling worked much better.
I served these at two events so I'll look at each below; adding the second after it happens next weekend.