Over the summer, I have the kids do “academic work” so that they stay sharp. Yeah, I’m that mom. In order to minimize the whining, I “incentivize” my children to complete these academic assignments. Each assignment is worth a certain number of “points” and points can be cashed in for various and sundry items. My daughter has been dying for a Zoku Quick Pop Maker. She worked really hard this summer to earn enough points for one of them. I spied a really easy recipe on Pinterest (http://www.theblackpeppercorn.com/2012/06/strawberry-paletas/) for a strawberry lime popsicle and a post was born, as my daughter LOVES strawberries.
Honestly, I was dreading this task. The Zoku has to be frozen for 24 hours, so already there’s a delay, which is oh so popular with the elementary school set. I then have to “blend” the ingredients together. About 7 years ago, I broke the glass blender. Never replaced it, and, as a bonus, have never heard the end of it. My kids are 10 and 8, and somehow they know I busted the blender. In my defense, we really didn’t use it and I broke it moving it out of the way. As a substitute, I would have to use the food processor, which can be a touch leaky. Fun!
But, we persevered. We blended the ingredients (no leaks!), chilled the mixture, used the Zoku and had popsicles in a fairly short amount of time! It was really hot today, so they were definitely needed!
Strawberry Lime Popsicles
Total Time: about 1 hour and 20 minutes
Makes about 3 popsicles in a Zoku Pop Maker
1 cup halved strawberries
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup water
Chill Zoku Pop Maker for 24 hours.
Place ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Refrigerate mixture for about an hour. Pour mixture into Zoku Pop Maker and in about 7 minutes remove the popsicle from the pop maker. When repeating for the final two popsicles, you may have to leave the mixture in the Zoku for longer periods of time.