HearthSong ~ Zoku Quick Pop Maker ~ Review & Giveaway

Posted by Jenna | Monday, July 09, 2012



After a long, cold winter...summer has finally arrived here in the Midwest. We've been enjoying the warmth and time outdoors as much as possible. The past couple of weeks have been especially hot, so we have being keeping cool by swimming in the pool and of course one of our favorite things to do, eating lots of yummy frozen treats! My kids love ice cream, freeze pops, etc. I like to find healthier alternatives, and have tried to make them myself in the past. Unfortunately I had not found a good way to do this, until I was introduced to a great product carried by HearthSong!


Since 1983, HearthSong has committed themselves to providing parents with age-appropriate, wholesome, and quality playthings for children. It is their belief childhood is a vital chapter in life and a special time when children can experience as much creative, imaginative play as possible. They guarantee that each item is carefully selected for it's quality and safety...and as their motto states, their products are Toys You'll Feel Good About Giving.

I am a huge fan of HearthSong and their great selection of products! I find everything to be unique and something my family would be able to enjoy together. That's why I was drawn to the Zoku Quick Pop Maker and couldn't have been happier to learn we were going to have the opportunity to review.

Features/Benefits:

  • 6 durable, reusable plastic pop sticks with unique ridged designs that allow pops to adhere securely
  • 6 drip guards for tidy eating
  • Super Tool to help quickly release frozen treats from molds
  • Phthalate-free
  • Makes up to 9 Quick Pops before having to refreeze mold

When the Zoku Quick Pop Maker arrived, I was really excited to check it out.

Upon opening the box, I was impressed with the size right away. I had expected the Quick Pop Maker to be larger, so I was pleasantly surprised with the 8"L x 4-1/4"W x 4-1/2"H size! It's big enough to make good-sized free pops, yet small enough to easily handle and find space for in the freezer. I love it!
The quality is also fantastic. I could tell right way that this is something that will last us a very long time. I appreciate this, as I know our family will enjoy a fun and delicious activity that we can do as a family throughout the summer, year after year!


Once I had checked it over, I read through the user-friendly instruction manual and placed the Quick Pop Maker in the freezer for 24 hours prior to making freeze pops. Once it was frozen, the kids and I decided to to cool off with some yummy frozen pops. I love that we are able to use our own ingredients to make the quick pops (juice, yogurt, chocolate milk, etc) and even make them unique with stripes or flavored cores!

The first time we used it, we decided to use grape juice. The Quick Pop Maker uses no electricity, so once it had been in the freezer for at least 24 hours, we removed it and got started. We first inserted three sticks, then poured chilled juice into the molds just before the fill line.

The kids and I loved watching as the pops began to freeze and became completely frozen and ready to eat in just 7-9 minutes! I had read that the process was quick, but wow! Ours took 9 minutes the first time and I thought that was incredible. How fun to be able to watch the whole process too!

Once we could tell the pops were frozen, we placed the orange Super Tool over the top of each pop stick and rotated clockwise until the Quick Pops released. I then lifted each Quick Pop free from the mold, took off the Super Tool and attached the optional drip cup to the stick. It was really that easy!!
I was amazed just how easily the Quick Pop's came out of the mold. It really only took seconds, which was good since I had two very eager children waiting to test them out! :) And, the fact that the pop sticks have unique ridged designs helped the pop adhere securely to the stick as well.
Once removed, I was also impressed with the large size of the pops. They are the perfect treat to cool off on a hot summer day, and the kids absolutely love helping make them! I appreciate the drip cup that attaches to the stick, as it helps contain the mess as well.
And for larger families, or those who have visitors over...the Zoku Quick Pop Maker actually makes up to nine pops before having to refreeze the unit (three at a time!).

Overall I've been thrilled with the Zoku Quick Pop Maker! The quality is fantastic, and it's been great being able to make our own, healthy frozen pops in just minutes. It's a fun activity our family can do together and one I know we'll continue to do a lot through the coming months and years! We look forward to trying out more flavors and creations!



Of course, the Zoku Quick Pop Maker is just one of many great products for summer at HearthSong! I would recommend families with young children, head over and check out their great selection summer toys!

 

 Buy It: You can purchase the Zoku Quick Pop Maker from HearthSong for $49.98.

Win It: One very lucky reader is going to win a Zoku Quick Pop Maker of their own! US Only. Just enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below. If you do not see the Rafflecopter form, please click here.

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**The product for this review and giveaway was provided for free. All opinions are my own.



105 comments
  1. Tabitha July 9, 2012 at 1:26 PM  

    i want the Fairy Garden Hideaway
    kayleefaith1228@aol.com

  2. Jus and Kat July 9, 2012 at 2:06 PM  

    My daughter would also like the Criss-Cross Two-Piece Bathing Suit by Hatley.

  3. Nikki July 9, 2012 at 3:25 PM  

    I think the My First Garden Planter and Accessories would be pretty cool!

  4. Nicole July 9, 2012 at 5:13 PM  

    I"d love to have their Ace Flyer Teeter-Totter!

    nicoletoscano1821@gmail.com

  5. Nicole July 9, 2012 at 5:13 PM  

    I"d love to have their Ace Flyer Teeter-Totter!

    nicoletoscano1821@gmail.com

  6. Nicole July 9, 2012 at 5:13 PM  

    I"d love to have their Ace Flyer Teeter-Totter!

    nicoletoscano1821@gmail.com

  7. Nicole July 9, 2012 at 5:13 PM  

    I"d love to have their Ace Flyer Teeter-Totter!

    nicoletoscano1821@gmail.com

  8. Nicole July 9, 2012 at 5:13 PM  

    I"d love to have their Ace Flyer Teeter-Totter!

    nicoletoscano1821@gmail.com

  9. Nicole July 9, 2012 at 5:13 PM  

    I"d love to have their Ace Flyer Teeter-Totter!

    nicoletoscano1821@gmail.com

  10. Nicole July 9, 2012 at 5:13 PM  

    I"d love to have their Ace Flyer Teeter-Totter!

    nicoletoscano1821@gmail.com

  11. Nicole July 9, 2012 at 5:13 PM  

    I"d love to have their Ace Flyer Teeter-Totter!

    nicoletoscano1821@gmail.com

  12. Unknown July 9, 2012 at 5:49 PM  

    I would love to have one of these. Teething would be so much easier! These look fantastic

  13. Bethany C. July 9, 2012 at 7:20 PM  

    I like the fun ride.

  14. Sylvia July 9, 2012 at 7:35 PM  

    I like the Geyser Guys, Geyser Gusher Water Cannon
    sylviawhit@gmail.com

  15. Christie July 9, 2012 at 7:38 PM  

    My kids would love the ALEX® Wooden Mix & Stack Ice Pop Shop.

  16. carolwegs July 9, 2012 at 7:47 PM  

    I would love to have the disc golf. thanks
    carolwegs at gmail dot com

  17. Carrie Phelps July 9, 2012 at 7:47 PM  

    My grandchildren would love the Ace Flyer Teeter-Totter.

  18. Carrie Phelps July 9, 2012 at 7:48 PM  

    GFC; carriedust

  19. Katie Kondek July 9, 2012 at 7:49 PM  

    I like the Round-and-Round Outdoor Swing™! It is fun but also pretty!
    kkondek at gmail.com

  20. myfolly July 9, 2012 at 7:51 PM  

    The Incred-a-Ball

    Wanda McHenry
    wbailey113@hotmail.com

  21. Romina July 9, 2012 at 7:53 PM  

    Giant Bowling Game

  22. Lyn Mack July 9, 2012 at 7:56 PM  

    i love the spot it! travel game set. we are going to be going from PA to FL this fall and this would be perfect for the car ride.

  23. Lori B July 9, 2012 at 8:03 PM  

    We just bought a house with a pool and I'd love to get the Swimline® Cool Jam Basketball/Volleyball Combo Pool Game.

  24. rj7777 July 9, 2012 at 8:08 PM  

    I like the aqua play 512 starter set with carrying case and so much more!!! Rita Spratlen rjspratlen@gmail.com

  25. Cserafini July 9, 2012 at 8:09 PM  

    fairy garden hideaway!

  26. Tj And Amy July 9, 2012 at 8:12 PM  

    I like the HugglePod™ Sturdy Canvas Hanging Chair with Removable Cushion. amypugmire@live.com

  27. Kimberly Bauer July 9, 2012 at 8:12 PM  

    I love the Hugglepod.

  28. gloria mckellar July 9, 2012 at 8:14 PM  

    Cyclone Spinner is a neat thing:)

  29. aperry July 9, 2012 at 8:17 PM  

    I like the Ladybug Land Special Observation Habitat with Magnifying Port

  30. Denise July 9, 2012 at 8:27 PM  

    So many awesome things to choose from!
    I'm sure my son would love to have the Sturdy Steel Sand Digger!

    stonemedic76@hotmail.com

  31. Kelly Skibbe July 9, 2012 at 8:52 PM  

    I like the retro slingy dog. I had one just like him as a kid and he reminds me of the toy on Toy Story. How cute!
    http://www.hearthsong.com/retro-slinky-toy-dog_p2137_s2003_d1101_c2109.html

    skibmama23@gmail

  32. Patricia July 9, 2012 at 8:54 PM  

    I like the Shock Rocker for the pool. My kids would live it.

  33. debijackson July 9, 2012 at 9:03 PM  

    the ace flyer teeter totter
    debbie jackson,
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

  34. lgm52 July 9, 2012 at 9:03 PM  

    light up beach balls

  35. danielle t. July 9, 2012 at 9:19 PM  

    The Giant Bowling Game looks like a LOT of fun!

  36. GoldenOrchard July 9, 2012 at 9:37 PM  

    I'd love to have the My Art Place Hanging Art Gallery

    goldengoddiss09(at)gmail(dot)com

  37. mummytotwoboys July 9, 2012 at 9:39 PM  

    I really like the super swingball outdoor game

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

  38. Steph S July 9, 2012 at 9:57 PM  

    I had no idea this site existed. There are so many things my kids would love!! I really like the natural canvas teepee - it's cute. Thanks for sharing the site.

  39. lana July 9, 2012 at 10:05 PM  

    I like the Durable Weather-Resistant Metal Rocking Seesaw

  40. Patty S. July 9, 2012 at 10:06 PM  

    Spring thing

  41. Kimberly July 9, 2012 at 10:13 PM  

    My kids would love the Buddy Bumping Balls!

  42. jodi lasher July 9, 2012 at 10:25 PM  

    http://www.hearthsong.com/light-show-led-dive-sticks-set-of-3_p416192_s2003_d1101_c2100.html are really neat. Thanks

  43. Colleen M July 9, 2012 at 11:32 PM  

    I would also love to have their
    Sea Creatures Pop-Up Pool.

    colljerr at comcast dot net

  44. Colleen M July 9, 2012 at 11:33 PM  

    GFC follower name - ColleenM

    colljerr at comcast dot net

  45. Christina July 9, 2012 at 11:54 PM  

    I would love the Sturdy Steel Sand Digger!

    grahamcrackerbabykisses(at)gmail(dot)com

  46. leanne_mac July 10, 2012 at 12:02 AM  

    Buddy Bumper Ball

    leannemacg at gmail.com

  47. michelle r July 10, 2012 at 12:17 AM  

    have you seen Wurlybird Flyer Sturdy Spinning Ride? that looks fun! heinzmom at hotmail dot com

  48. Sandy VanHoey July 10, 2012 at 3:00 AM  

    Love their Incred-a-Ball

  49. BethElderton July 10, 2012 at 3:44 AM  

    I like the Mega Play and Freeze 1-qt. Ice Cream Maker
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

  50. debbie July 10, 2012 at 6:36 AM  

    sea creatures pop up pool

  51. mmalavec July 10, 2012 at 6:51 AM  

    Fairy Garden Hideaway...

  52. Lynda Del. July 10, 2012 at 7:51 AM  

    The ALEX Wooden Mix & Stack Ice Pop Shop
    lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

  53. Kimberly July 10, 2012 at 8:04 AM  

    I would like the Hugglepod
    kims2312@verizon.net

  54. FireRunner2379 July 10, 2012 at 8:12 AM  

    My kids would love the Spring Thing Inflatable Pool Toy by Swimline.

  55. Wild N Mild $$$ July 10, 2012 at 8:55 AM  

    I'd love to get the Kid Galaxy Morphibians® Rover Remote Control Car.

    Jennifer Rote
    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

  56. Candice July 10, 2012 at 9:29 AM  

    The Buddy Bumper Balls look so fun!
    Thank you

  57. Elizabeth Pyo July 10, 2012 at 11:14 AM  

    Spring Thing!

  58. jeccica simpson July 10, 2012 at 11:16 AM  

    I like the Set of 2 LED Light-Up Beach Balls

  59. Juli July 10, 2012 at 1:03 PM  

    My boys would flip over the Kid Galaxy Morphibians® Rover Remote Control Car. Super summer fun! Thanks
    juli guthrie

  60. Emily E. July 10, 2012 at 1:09 PM  

    I love Hearthsong! I want the Round and Round Outdoor Swing

  61. latanya July 10, 2012 at 1:58 PM  

    Buddy Bumper Ball

  62. Birdie Skolfield July 10, 2012 at 4:23 PM  

    The Buddy Bumper Balls look fun

  63. mrsshukra July 10, 2012 at 5:26 PM  

    Sand Free Mats are great!

  64. Lloyd Family July 10, 2012 at 9:57 PM  

    i would love to have the play and freeze 1 qt ice cream maker
    http://www.hearthsong.com/pink-mega-play-and-freeze-1-qt.-ice-cream-maker_p1527_s2001_d1503_c6312.html
    jenny lloyd

  65. Brandi Elam July 10, 2012 at 10:44 PM  

    I love the Indoor/Outdoor Wurlybird Flyer Sturdy Spinning Ride, in Yellow

  66. freddie July 11, 2012 at 12:51 AM  

    I would love to have the Root-Vue Farm Garden Laboratory Kit. dwelchert@yahoo.com

  67. wigget July 11, 2012 at 8:34 AM  

    the Round-and-Round Outdoor Swing would be awesome

  68. Andrea July 11, 2012 at 10:20 AM  

    We'd love to use the Sand Castle Kit with Forms and Tools at the beach this summer!

  69. katychick July 11, 2012 at 11:17 AM  

    i like the geometric climbing dome
    tcogbill at live dot com

  70. Mommy to a lil lady[bug] July 11, 2012 at 1:40 PM  

    I'd love to have the Super Backyard Water Slide

  71. throuthehaze July 11, 2012 at 2:46 PM  

    I like the HugglePod™ Sturdy Canvas Hanging Chair with Removable Cushion

  72. skyrobinson July 11, 2012 at 3:13 PM  

    I like the Melissa and Doug® Mollie the Ladybug Tent.
    skyrobinson@yahoo.com

  73. tweetyscute July 11, 2012 at 11:34 PM  

    I would love the Buddy Bumper Ball

    Theresa J

  74. Linda Meyers-Gabbard July 12, 2012 at 4:18 AM  

    http://www.hearthsong.com/sea%2dcreatures%2dpop%2dup%2dpool_p416755.html

    Sea creatures pop
    Up pool

  75. Denise M July 12, 2012 at 10:30 AM  

    The super water slide would be so much fun for summer

    uclangel422 at yahoo dot com

  76. Hearthkeeper In Christ July 13, 2012 at 7:21 AM  

    i love the fairy garden hideaway for my little girl

  77. jmajor4870 July 13, 2012 at 1:43 PM  

    i like the Giant Bowling Game

  78. Tabathia July 13, 2012 at 4:56 PM  

    sea creatures pop up pool

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  79. Micah Pearson July 13, 2012 at 11:19 PM  

    Pink Party Pavilion Play Tent

  80. rainingcali July 14, 2012 at 1:15 AM  

    Heavt Duty Battle Boards! Awesome!

  81. Stuff Parents Need July 14, 2012 at 7:10 AM  

    My oldest would really love the huggle pod!

  82. lifeonprint July 14, 2012 at 10:12 AM  

    I would love to have the Sea Creatures Pop-Up Pool!!

    lifeonprint AT aol DOt com

  83. Rachel July 14, 2012 at 5:21 PM  

    Indoor/Outdoor Multi-Purpose Sand and Water 23" Table

  84. Meghan Finley July 15, 2012 at 1:41 PM  

    We'd love the Pink Party Pavilion Play Tent

  85. Carly July 15, 2012 at 2:44 PM  

    The Round and Round outdoor swing looks awesome!

  86. Mirm July 15, 2012 at 8:20 PM  

    the Cafe Chairs looks nice and comfy.

  87. Teresha@Marlie and Me July 15, 2012 at 11:37 PM  

    So Sweet Dress Up outfit

  88. jennifer57 July 16, 2012 at 1:50 PM  

    Round-and-Round Outdoor Swing™

  89. Elena July 16, 2012 at 5:32 PM  

    I like the Helicopter Teeter Totter.
    elena.cacahuete(at)gmail(dot)com

  90. Anonymous July 16, 2012 at 11:45 PM  

    I like most on the Libby's page is the Questions and Answers by Sara Evans
    MaryWithrow

  91. Christine Jessamine July 17, 2012 at 3:22 PM  

    i would love to have the Pink Party Pavilion Play Tent! cute

    christinejessamine at hotmail dot com

  92. alissa apel July 18, 2012 at 3:59 PM  

    I'd like to have: Easy-to-Use Vented Firefly Lantern

  93. Miranda W. July 19, 2012 at 6:43 PM  

    Indoor/Outdoor Wurlybird Flyer Sturdy Spinning Ride, in Yellow!

  94. AnnaZed July 19, 2012 at 7:18 PM  

    We like the All-Season Three-Story Dollhouse

    The Rafflecopter calls me 'Margot' since it is accessing my facebook where I am 'Margot Core'; the Rafflecopter connects to this

    email: annazed10 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  95. Amy July 19, 2012 at 9:37 PM  

    Buddy Bumper Balls!! Soo FUN!!

  96. Julie July 19, 2012 at 10:38 PM  

    love the Hugglepod

    hebb dot julie at gmail dot com

  97. Melanie July 20, 2012 at 12:04 AM  

    We love the Buddy Bumper Balls! I would also love to have the tether ball!
    plaidtoaster@gmail.com

  98. K. Graves July 21, 2012 at 11:13 PM  

    I saw an advertisement of the Zoku Ice Pop Maker today on America Test Kitchen and had to have it! I later saw this post on Twitter about a chance at winning one! I'm so excited! I hope I win!

  99. ReggieMann July 22, 2012 at 12:22 PM  

    I would love to have the Helicopter Teeter Totter

  100. Rochel S July 22, 2012 at 1:15 PM  

    Love the Sea Creatures Pop-Up Pool

  101. MommaM July 22, 2012 at 2:41 PM  

    I love the Hugglepod.

  102. MommaM July 22, 2012 at 2:42 PM  

    Momma M is Mary

  103. Tylerpants July 22, 2012 at 6:44 PM  

    My kids would love the Geometric Climbing Dome. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

  104. trixx July 22, 2012 at 7:53 PM  

    The Incred-a-Ball looks like a lot of fun! trixpixel[at]gmail.com

  105. Jennifer T. July 22, 2012 at 9:45 PM  

    I'd love to have the Deluxe Heavy-Duty Backyard Tetherball Game.
    jtmagmom73(at)gmail(dot)com

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