Almost two years ago, one of our wedding presents was a Zoku ice pop maker. It seemed so easy based on the instructions, that we were honestly intimidated. We thought, “There’s no way it could be that easy!” And so it sat in the freezer, waiting to be used, for almost two years. Until tonight.
Recently, Zach got a recipe book for making paletas, or Mexican style ice pops. What makes paletas different is that typically they are made with natural fruit juices, so eating a paleta is truly like eating a frozen version of fruit. Of course, there are paletas with coffee, or even cookies and cream, so fruit is not mandatory. However, for our first time trying the Zoku, we wanted to try to make something more traditional with such modern technology (a subtle juxtaposition). Our cherry lime pops came out bien rico!
The Zoku is easy enough, we have no idea why we didn’t start making ice pops years ago. You don’t need a Zoku to make ice pops, but with it, you can have delicious, natural ice pops with ingredients you control, in as little as 7 minutes.
Makes enough for 15 paletas
1 lb. of cherries, plus one cherry for each paleta
2 cups of water
1 1/4 cups of white sugar
Remove the cherry stems, cut an X on the bottom of each cherry, and squeeze out the pit.
Save as many cherries as you have paletas to make, and the rest will be macerated. Put the cherries to be macerated in a juicer; the goal is to get 1/4 cup of cherry juice.
Roll the limes with your hand on a cutting board to make them softer and easier to juice. Cut in half, and hand squeeze over a strainer to collect any seeds or exceedingly large bits of pulp. The goal is to get 1 cup of lime juice.
Combine the fruit juices, water, and sugar to make the paleta base. First insert the ice pop handles, then push in the whole cherries you saved from the juicer. Pour the juice mixture into the Zoku, and wait 7-9 minutes (for the first batch; additional batches will require more time).
Using the Super Tool (included in your Zoku kit), gently remove the paletas before attaching the drip guards (also included).
Store in a Zoku storage container. Because this particular recipe is enough for 15 paletas, if you want to make all 15 at once, you will need several storage containers.