Today’s pop is one I’ve been plotting since about 10 minutes after I got my Zoku. Gazpacho is one of my favorite summer treats, and I thought it’d be really great to have it extra-icy. So when I finally made my first batch of gazpacho for the season, I knew I had to make the pop.
I don’t have an ingredients shot, but gazpacho contains cucumbers, onions, garlic, green pepper, parsley, red wine vinegar, tomato juice, olive oil and salt. We use the recipe in the Joy of Cooking, with some minor tweaks.
I like my gazpacho pretty smooth, so I didn’t process it any further for these ice pops. That was probably a mistake, since pouring it into the Zoku was a little tough. It all worked out, though, and no problems with sticking:
The first half of this ice pop was delightful. Cold, intense, interesting. About halfway through, though, the garlic started catching up with me and the pop went from delicious to somewhat tedious. I didn’t finish it. Much as I love gazpacho, I guess it’s better off eaten from a spoon instead of a stick.
So yesterday, while I was making my Arnold Palmer ice pop, I decided to get a little naughty. I decided to see what would happen if I tried to make an ice pop out of unsweet tea (as it’s known here in the south. Everywhere else, it’s just called “iced tea.”)
I know, the Zoku Ice Pop Maker manual must warn a million times that you are not to put unsweetened liquids in the Zoku, but like a toddler in front of a hot stove, I had to see for myself. So I did.
What can I say? I'm a rebel.
As I waited for the pops to freeze, I pondered what would happen. Would trying to remove the pop break its stick? Would nothing happen at all? Once it was finally frozen (10 minutes is a long time when you’ve got the patience of a 5-year-old), I applied my pop remover thingy with much anticipation.
It came out! No problems, no hassle.
Now, if you read yesterday’s post, you know that unsweet tea doesn’t so much work inside an ice pop, because the texture is, well, like ice. And so it was with this pop. Still, I can see it being nice on a hot day to have an ice pop you can suck on, even if you can’t really bite it.
This opens up a whole new world of pop possibilities.
I’m sick. Bleh. It’s one of those colds that just comes on suddenly — one minute you’re fine, the next minute your throat is on fire. So I decided to make lemons into lemonade and make an ice pop to make myself feel better.
Lemon-ginger herbal tea, honey
Now, as I have mentioned before, I tend to dislike pre-making ingredients for ice pops. But for today I made an exception. I set the tea to steep before I put the baby to bed, then chilled it for an hour or so before making my pop. While it was still hot, I mixed in about a tablespoon of honey. If I had been making the tea to drink, I would have used just a fraction of that amount but I wanted to make sure that the base was sweet enough not to stick to the Zoku.
I did not expect to like these pops. They’re “medicine,” after all. And frankly, I really don’t enjoy the tea I used to make them. But the pops surprised me — they were really tasty and they really did soothe my throat a little. Who knew the Zoku could be practical, as well as fun?