Bunting icy pole: is it the ultimate outcome from Zokuvian research?

This just makes me laugh. In a resigned kind of way.

I’ve truly tried to fight against my mini bunting bias and I just can’t. I CAN’T , d’ya hear me?

This, my darlings, is what you get when you combine a Zoku magic , a love of mini bunting and a hookah. Okay,there was no hookah. I was in my right mind. Well, as right as it gets.

To be honest, it made me clap my hands in delight.

I wish I could tell you my model is wearing a thick winter coat because she’s inside the below-zero testing rooms of the Zokuvian Institute of Icy Research (it’s much like the Ponds Institute only more believable) but really it’s because it’s mid-winter here and we’re adding blankets to our beds and just generally feeling for those pioneers who forged through genuinely cold places in punishing winters, ie, who never got within a million miles of temperate Melbourne.

If you liked this, you might also enjoy these previous experiments from the extremely well-respected Zokuvian Institute of Icy Research:

Stripey icy poles and inadvertently geometric icy poles.

Love heart/Valentine’s icy poles and Splice-like (ie creamy filled) icy poles.

All brought to you by the Zoku. I heart it big time.

And nope,  I’m not paid by them. But I bloody wish I was.

My newest gadget: the Zoku – a magical frozen treat maker!

I am in love. Head over heels in love. With an object. A cold, inanimate object with a vaguely Japanese-sounding name. I know what you were thinking you extremely cheeky monkeys. And it’s not that.

It’s this.

Yes, I’m in love with my new instant icey-pole maker. Or is it a popsicle maker, dude? Or is it an iced-lolly maker, guvner?

It doesn’t matter what we settle on calling it, all you really need to know is it lets you make amazing frozen things on your bench in under 10 minutes.

Like this lovely thing.

Here’s the littlest Betty enjoying hers.

To make this, I used scissors to cut a love heart from one of those flat, fruit strap snacks and popped it on the edge of the mould and held it in place using a skewer while I poured in banana and mango nectar. 8 minutes later, I popped 3 of them out of their moulds and did a little dance of excitement.

Here’s a tip for young players: make sure you put your heart in upside down so that when you pull the pop out and flip it right side up, you don’t have to then flip your pop wrong side up again to admire your heart. Otherwise, flipping hell.

Here’s one we tried with the same juice but after a couple of minutes when a juice “shell” had formed, we removed the excess (now a slushy-type mixture – okay, my husband sucked it out through a straw which kind of grossed me out but that’s what the Zoku guide said so who am I to judge?) and then poured in a mix of natural yoghurt mixed with strawberry jam. We didn’t quite manage to get the filling evenly distributed but with a little practise I think we’ll be popping out Splice knock-offs in no time.

This pretty lady is melted dark chocolate that we drizzled in a failed attempt to make moo-cow type spots. We then added pink Quick. Not sure if Quick is in other countries – I presume so but just in case it goes under another name, it’s  just strawberry milk.

Anyhoo, she looks less like a spotty cow hide and more like a  freaky, icy Lego head. But let me assure you, she was delicious! So never judge a popsicle by its appearance. You’re better than that. And yes, I don’t know why I didn’t go into computer graphic design either.

We have so many ideas up our sleeve to try: watermelon daiquiri pops, gin and tonic pops and almond milk/dehydrated raspberry pops just to name a few. I find myself looking at everything in a new light ie, can I liquidize this and freeze it in the Zoku. It’s a fun way to look at the world.

I can’t wait to do this at a summer dinner party. If you make pops in advance and wrap them in a sheet of baking paper and then put them in a zip lock bag in the freezer they keep pretty well. So you could make however many you need in advance minus three but then whip out the Zoku after dinner and pour in a fabulous mixture and let them set before your guests eyes! Then quietly remove the others you’ve  made beforehand  from the freezer and pass them out to your second-tier guests.  Well, what do your family expect? Just-made icey-poles? Demanding.

By the way, I should mention that I have absolutely no connection to Zoku and haven’t received a cent to say any of this. I simply love it. In a platonic way. Just to reiterate.