Chill Out

Nothing says summer like a cold, fruity Popsicle. But this year, we’re raising the bar. Instead of settling for store-bought frozen treats, we’re making our own. We’re using our favorite juices, hand-picking the freshest fruits and healthiest yogurts, and dreaming up all sorts of cool concoctions to freeze on a stick. Sound like too much of a chore? It’s not if you’ve got the Zoku Quick Pop Maker. This cool gadget freezes ice pops in as little as seven minutes -- without using electricity. The cold comes from the appliance, which you need to freeze before using. When you’re hankering for a frozen treat, just grab the Quick Pop Maker from your freezer, choose your ingredients and start filling the molds. You can make up to nine pops (three at a time) before the unit needs refreezing. The Zoku kit includes six reusable plastic sticks, six drip guards, and the Super Tool, which makes it easy to get the frozen pops out of the molds. We’re also offering an optional storage case and a recipe book with tips for making and decorating all sorts of icy creations. “Zoku” means family in Japanese – the perfect name for an appliance that will keep your whole family cool and content.

Zoku

Quick Pop Maker

Chill Out

Nothing says summer like a cold, fruity Popsicle. But this year, we’re raising the bar. Instead of settling for store-bought frozen treats, we’re making our own. We’re using our favorite juices, hand-picking the freshest fruits and healthiest yogurts, and dreaming up all sorts of cool concoctions to freeze on a stick. Sound like too much of a chore? It’s not if you’ve got the Zoku Quick Pop Maker. This cool gadget freezes ice pops in as little as seven minutes -- without using electricity. The cold comes from the appliance, which you need to freeze before using. When you’re hankering for a frozen treat, just grab the Quick Pop Maker from your freezer, choose your ingredients and start filling the molds. You can make up to nine pops (three at a time) before the unit needs refreezing. The Zoku kit includes six reusable plastic sticks, six drip guards, and the Super Tool, which makes it easy to get the frozen pops out of the molds. We’re also offering an optional storage case and a recipe book with tips for making and decorating all sorts of icy creations. “Zoku” means family in Japanese – the perfect name for an appliance that will keep your whole family cool and content.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Ken
    Ken

    Hi Daily Grommet Fans! I am hoping that I will be able to call you Zoku Fans soon. All it will take is making popsicles in minutes using your own healthy ingredients to make you into a believer. With the instant gratification of the Quick Pop Maker, you will be motivated to make all sorts of interesting combinations with your only limit being your imagination. My name is Ken, the designer of the Zoku Quick Pop Maker and I'm around to answer your questions.

  • Pookiepie
    Pookiepie
    5/27/2011 12:34 PM

    you are charging almost $50 plus shipping for the thing an I have to buy the book separately?

  • Eleanor D
    Eleanor D
    5/27/2011 12:46 PM

    I agree. This item is interesting waaaayyyy overpriced. I'd consider it at $10-15 including everything.

  • David
    David
    5/27/2011 12:47 PM

    Last week's featured item - Flavrz Drink Mix - works great with the Zoku Quick Pop Maker! And its a low sugar, healthy option as well!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/27/2011 2:57 PM

    @David: I was thinking the same thing. Being able to choose the ingredients that go into your popsicles means that you can make healthier choices like the natural ingredients in Flavrz Drink Mixes.

  • Mary
    Mary
    5/27/2011 1:12 PM

    Great idea! WAY WAY overpriced!! I will not pay $70 for the basic machine and the holder, let along another $20 for the book! Bring down the price and you'll sell hundreds of these.

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    5/27/2011 1:21 PM

    We hear you on being price conscious -- we all are taking a closer look at what we are purchasing these days. But at Daily Grommet, we are always on the look out for the latest discoveries to share with you. When we tested the Zoku frozen pop maker, there was so much excitement. Everyone wanted to try it and no one wanted to give it back. It would make the perfect hostess or splurge gift for someone this summer. . . making both kids and adults smile with such special treats. Think about what you will save in $$ and in your health by making your own treats at home.

  • Denise
    Denise
    5/27/2011 1:30 PM

    I wanted this immediately! It looks wonderful. But, I agree with the other comments... it is not worth the price. I can't imagine why it is so costly? It is not even electronic. And then to have to pay more for the extras, like recipes? I pass... too bad because it looks great.

  • Kate McLeod
    Kate McLeod – Grommet Team
    5/27/2011 2:04 PM

    @Denise: Thanks to everyone for stopping by today, and for sharing your thoughts. Just to clarify, the cookbook is an option. The unit itself does come with a thorough instruction booklet that will show you how to make juice pops and layered pops, and give you more ideas on how to get started. Also, the technology in the Zoku reminds me of a high-end ice cream maker that you leave in the freezer so it's always ready. One of the cool things with Zoku is that electricity isn't necessary.

  • Linda
    Linda
    5/27/2011 3:53 PM

    @Kate McLeod: Although it states that electricity is not needed, wouldn't you need electricity for the refrigerator/freezer that freezes the unit? I guess you could freeze the unit and stick it in a large cooler full of ice, but that kind of negates the "oh so convenient" aspect- doesn't it?

  • Erin
    Erin
    5/27/2011 1:42 PM

    I loved this when I first saw it....until I saw the price. I will continue to use my Tupperware ice pop maker, even though it takes longer than 7 minutes to make those. I can not see it saving much money at nearly $100.00 for the set. Good luck selling them.

  • Kevin
    Kevin
    5/27/2011 2:22 PM

    My family is spending three weeks at the beach this summer .... grandparents, parents, kids, grandkids, aunts, uncles .... the whole gang. I was excited when I saw this -- it would be a great item to buy and take, not only for the kids, but also for the adults! :-) Until I got to the price. :-( Since we'll be making numerous runs to the store each week anyway, we'll buy our pops instead. At half the price, maybe, but $50 for the Zoku maker is double what I was expecting.

  • jo
    jo
    5/27/2011 4:06 PM

    I too agree the price is over the top. Yes it is a great idea, yes you can make more healthy treats (so it says), and yes it is fast and convenient. I will make an uneducated guess about the item and say I bet it is made in China and does not cost an arm and leg to make. And I, too, agree bring the price down and it will fly off the shelves and I am betting make more $$ than having to take out a loan to purchase all the pieces. My 2 cents anyway.

  • Ken
    Ken – Special Guest
    5/27/2011 4:30 PM

    Hi Everyone, We appreciate your feedback. We've found that once people have a chance to use the Zoku they really appreciate the value of the product, and they understand that it is much more than an ice pop mold! It's a way to quickly make healthy and creative pops at home, and over time it will save you money compared to store-bought pops. In addition it can be great fun to make them with your family and friends. The Zoku Tool kit takes pop making to the next level and allows users to make pops that could never be made before with traditional ice pop molds. Many people are using it for a simple yet engaging play date activity. We also offer high-quality recipes on our blog for free, and we update them frequently! Thanks for all of your feedback! - The Zoku Team

  • Liz
    Liz
    5/27/2011 4:38 PM

    I was also very excited about this until I came to the price. Was hoping it was affordable since we love popscicles in the summer. I will be sticking to paper cups and wooden sticks. Lots cheaper, even over time, when you go to the dollar store.

    Lower the price by half and I would definitel buy one.

    Liz

  • Amberly Hale
    Amberly Hale
    5/27/2011 4:53 PM

    I ordered this and it was just delivered yesterday! I can't wait to make popsicles tonight and this weekend!!!

    *post edited to comply with our no outside advertising policy.

  • Susan
    Susan
    5/27/2011 5:11 PM

    I, too, was actually very interested in this - until I saw the price, and, why is it that you can only make 3 at a time, and a maximum of 9, before you are not able to freeze anymore? Could it be because the unit only stays cold enough for only so long? And, who would want to throw a party, especially something such a a child's birthday party, and have a total of 9 popsicles? I can't think of many children's, or adults', parties, which only have a total of 9 people in attendance! And, where do you place the last 3 popsicles, since the holder, which I deem a necessary part of the kit, since they have to be properly stored and should come as part and parcel with the "basic," kit, at no extra charge, only holds a total of 6? And, there's more! Why do you not think that there are not other healthy, creative, and resourceful ways to make popsicles? By using more simple methods, and spending money on fruits, yogurt, nuts,and so forth, instead of on this stupid gadget, I promise you, you can make popsicles that are good for you. Yes, it might take a bit longer, but, you'll save quite alot of money by not buying the gadget. And, rest assured, it will eventually stop functioning. I'm sure that, whatever is inside of it, that freezes, will not continue to freeze, thaw, freeze, and thaw, forever!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/27/2011 5:40 PM

    Lots to consider before deciding if this is right for you. Thanks for everyone's feedback. I know that my son loves making popsicles with his friends (we have the molds) but the excitement has worn off and the friends have gone home by the time they are ready to eat. For me personally, it would be one of those cool things that you can do with your kids that makes an afternoon special and creates memories; like decorating cookies. There are many ways to do that at a lower cost, too, but this would truly be a hit in my home!

  • Sherry
    Sherry
    7/5/2011 3:03 AM

    @Katherine Klinger: Katherine... Alot of us customers (me included) believe this item to look awesome but way to over priced... You have great things to say about an item the "would" be a great addition to your family fun.. Was just wondering "WHY" it's not in your home yet?? Perhaps too high priced? Just wondering.. Thanks for your time.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/5/2011 9:44 AM

    @Sherry: Great question. It is on my wishlist and I haven't ruled it out by any means! I fall in love with just about every Grommet and so I have this battle quite a bit.

  • Donna
    Donna
    5/27/2011 7:25 PM

    Great idea.....WAY too much. It may make the pops in 7 minutes but then you have to freeze the unit for another 24 hours to make the next batch. You can make healthy pops at home for pennies. I make fresh fruit smoothies and freeze in my "cheap" Tupperware popsicle maker. You can freeze a batch in less than the 24 hours it takes for the unit to be ready. The extra $20 for the storage container that only holds 6 seems way out of line too! Yes...fun thing to try with the kids if the money doesn't matter.....but I think the novelty would wear off quick. Sorry Zoku.....I agree with the others, lower the price and you will see them sell!

  • Boots
    Boots
    5/27/2011 9:17 PM

    I have to agree with all the comments from Donna for example that say that is is MUCH too costly. You can make similar ones for far less money. Was going to buy it for my daughter-in-law who is totally into organic etc, but there is no way I am going to spend big bucks like that when there are other choices. The fact that you have to make only three- and then three more and then have something to store them in. The price is way off base.

  • Ann Marie
    Ann Marie
    5/30/2011 12:30 AM

    Like so many, I was so excited when I saw this product. I immediately wanted to order two, one for myself, one for my daughter-in-law. I was shocked when I looked at the price! As I understand it, this is not even an electric appliance.

    Far too expensive in this economy, will have to cotinure to make healthy juice pops the old, slow, way with the inexpensive plastic molds. Too bad, this looked great until you add up the mold and the extras.

  • Headacheslayer
    Headacheslayer
    5/30/2011 4:17 PM

    Ok, pricey yes--but OH SO COOL! The almost instant gratification is reason enough to get this. In addition, my son has anaphylactic food allergies and this would be a great way for him to get more than "just a juice pop" (he's allergic to nuts, eggs, dairy). In addition, he has a voracious appetite so this way we make JUST enough without him going through a whole box of pops in a few days (juice pops may be healthier but still contain a lot of sugar).

    I do believe we're going to splurge on this. Plus another tray to keep my son's pops separate from ours. I'm a bit put off by all the negative comments--it's one thing to say "this is too pricey" but remember the addage "If you can't say something nice...."

    I think I will want to do a video for my blog--and that this will be huge hit with our family and their friends!

  • Sandy Honeyman
    Sandy Honeyman
    6/18/2011 6:49 AM

    Hi Ken -

    We bought this for my daughter (great product!) but we are missing the instruction booklet. Is it available online or can we receive one in the mail?

    Thanks so much.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/18/2011 10:41 AM

    @Sandy Honeyman: Ken forwarded this link that offers the instruction manual as a pdf in various languages.

    Zoku Quick Pop Maker Instruction Manual

    Let us know what kind of pops you make with it!

  • Carol
    Carol
    6/27/2011 3:07 PM

    I bought the Zoku pop maker and it works perfectly, as long as you don't go even a little bit above the fill line. I think it's well worth the price to have healthy and delicious frozen treats in minutes, plus there are no moving parts to get worn out or jammed which has happened with a few ice cream makers I've owned.

    I've been experimenting with everything from fruit juice, to frozen smoothies and greek yogurt with blended fruit. Everything has been delicious and the recipe book is well worth the money. Layered pops and even filled pops are easy to do and it's fun to get creative in coming up with different kind of popsicles.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/27/2011 4:32 PM

    @Carol Murphy : Thanks for the feedback, Carol! It's great that you're having so much fun creating all kinds of different pops. Good point about paying careful attention to that fill line, too, thanks for the heads up!

  • Betty Ann Lewis
    Betty Ann Lewis
    6/27/2011 6:25 PM

    I was disappointed when I opened my Quick Pop Maker and found that it can not be used with low sugar and no sugar beverages. Being diabetic, I bought this so I could use these products to make treats for myself. Any suggestions?

    I may return this unless I can come up with a solution. Also, this information should be on the outside of the box, so the it could help in the decision making process.

    My 3 1/2 year old grandson is coming tomorrow and I thought this would be fun for us to do. Because he lives far away, I don't want to do this if I am not going to use it the rest of the year.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/27/2011 11:45 PM

    @Betty Ann Lewis: Although your Grandson would probably love this, liquids with low sugar content or artificial sweeteners don't work well in the unit because they are more likely to get stuck in the Quick Pop Maker. Because of this, you won't be able to use it for your own treats. I will pass on your suggestion to Ken that this should be on the outside of the box. Thank you for posting this heads up for others as well.

  • Wendy Lohr
    Wendy Lohr
    9/26/2011 2:24 PM

    In the video you state: "... in about 7 minutes, without electricity." This is false advertising, from the direction book: "Place it in the freezer for 24 hours. Make sure the freezer temperature is set to 0 degrees or less." It requires electricity. If someone buys this intending to use it on a camping trip without access to electric they'll be sorely disappointed.

    Also in the video you say it can be used for pudding pops (and yogurt. Again, from the instruction book: "Soft ingredients such as ice cream and pudding may also be difficult to remove since they are too soft, and the stick may slip out during the removal process." It adds yogurt to this list of may not work items later.

    You also say you can make up to 9 pops at a time, but the unit only comes with 6 sticks and it says not to use any other sticks with the unit. The instructions also say that 'variety' pops (layered, additions, filled) may not make more than one batch before needing re-frozen.

    There is NO REASON (other than trying to get people to buy something they can't use!) that you did not state UP FRONT that this can not be used for sugar free or low sugar items. You know that diabetics would be excited about this. You say in the video about making 'healthier' pops and being able to control ingredients and you know sugar can be a huge problem. You know that not being able to make sugar free/low sugar items would cause people not to buy this product. Not cool.

    On top of everything else, it's entirely over priced and you know it.

  • Robin
    Robin
    5/24/2012 8:39 PM

    Hi. I am a borderline diabetic. Do you have any ideas for sugar free or mostly sugar free pops?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    5/25/2012 12:56 PM

    @Robin: Great time to bring out the ice pop maker & think of yummee recipes. We would suggest you browse through the different recipes at Zoku blog at http://blog.zokuhome.com/ for the sugar free or mostly sugar free pops. If you don't find them, just post your question on their blog.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Zoku

Quick Pop Maker

Chill Out

Nothing says summer like a cold, fruity Popsicle. But this year, we’re raising the bar. Instead of settling for store-bought frozen treats, we’re making our own. We’re using our favorite juices, hand-picking the freshest fruits and healthiest yogurts, and dreaming up all sorts of cool concoctions to freeze on a stick.

Sound like too much of a chore? It’s not if you’ve got the Zoku Quick Pop Maker. This cool gadget freezes ice pops in as little as seven minutes -- without using electricity. The cold comes from the
appliance, which you need to freeze before using. When you’re hankering for a frozen treat, just grab the Quick Pop Maker from your freezer, choose your ingredients and start filling the molds. You can make up to nine pops (three at a time) before the unit needs refreezing.

The Zoku kit includes six reusable plastic sticks, six drip guards, and the Super Tool, which makes it easy to get the frozen pops out of the molds. We’re also offering an optional storage case and a recipe book with tips for making and decorating all sorts of icy creations. “Zoku” means family in Japanese – the perfect name for an appliance that will keep your whole family cool and content.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Ken
    Ken

    Hi Daily Grommet Fans! I am hoping that I will be able to call you Zoku Fans soon. All it will take is making popsicles in minutes using your own healthy ingredients to make you into a believer. With the instant gratification of the Quick Pop Maker, you will be motivated to make all sorts of interesting combinations with your only limit being your imagination. My name is Ken, the designer of the Zoku Quick Pop Maker and I'm around to answer your questions.

  • Pookiepie
    Pookiepie
    5/27/2011 12:34 PM

    you are charging almost $50 plus shipping for the thing an I have to buy the book separately?

  • Eleanor D
    Eleanor D
    5/27/2011 12:46 PM

    I agree. This item is interesting waaaayyyy overpriced. I'd consider it at $10-15 including everything.

  • David
    David
    5/27/2011 12:47 PM

    Last week's featured item - Flavrz Drink Mix - works great with the Zoku Quick Pop Maker! And its a low sugar, healthy option as well!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/27/2011 2:57 PM

    @David: I was thinking the same thing. Being able to choose the ingredients that go into your popsicles means that you can make healthier choices like the natural ingredients in Flavrz Drink Mixes.

  • Mary
    Mary
    5/27/2011 1:12 PM

    Great idea! WAY WAY overpriced!! I will not pay $70 for the basic machine and the holder, let along another $20 for the book! Bring down the price and you'll sell hundreds of these.

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    5/27/2011 1:21 PM

    We hear you on being price conscious -- we all are taking a closer look at what we are purchasing these days. But at Daily Grommet, we are always on the look out for the latest discoveries to share with you. When we tested the Zoku frozen pop maker, there was so much excitement. Everyone wanted to try it and no one wanted to give it back. It would make the perfect hostess or splurge gift for someone this summer. . . making both kids and adults smile with such special treats. Think about what you will save in $$ and in your health by making your own treats at home.

  • Denise
    Denise
    5/27/2011 1:30 PM

    I wanted this immediately! It looks wonderful. But, I agree with the other comments... it is not worth the price. I can't imagine why it is so costly? It is not even electronic. And then to have to pay more for the extras, like recipes? I pass... too bad because it looks great.

  • Kate McLeod
    Kate McLeod – Grommet Team
    5/27/2011 2:04 PM

    @Denise: Thanks to everyone for stopping by today, and for sharing your thoughts. Just to clarify, the cookbook is an option. The unit itself does come with a thorough instruction booklet that will show you how to make juice pops and layered pops, and give you more ideas on how to get started. Also, the technology in the Zoku reminds me of a high-end ice cream maker that you leave in the freezer so it's always ready. One of the cool things with Zoku is that electricity isn't necessary.

  • Linda
    Linda
    5/27/2011 3:53 PM

    @Kate McLeod: Although it states that electricity is not needed, wouldn't you need electricity for the refrigerator/freezer that freezes the unit? I guess you could freeze the unit and stick it in a large cooler full of ice, but that kind of negates the "oh so convenient" aspect- doesn't it?

  • Erin
    Erin
    5/27/2011 1:42 PM

    I loved this when I first saw it....until I saw the price. I will continue to use my Tupperware ice pop maker, even though it takes longer than 7 minutes to make those. I can not see it saving much money at nearly $100.00 for the set. Good luck selling them.

  • Kevin
    Kevin
    5/27/2011 2:22 PM

    My family is spending three weeks at the beach this summer .... grandparents, parents, kids, grandkids, aunts, uncles .... the whole gang. I was excited when I saw this -- it would be a great item to buy and take, not only for the kids, but also for the adults! :-) Until I got to the price. :-( Since we'll be making numerous runs to the store each week anyway, we'll buy our pops instead. At half the price, maybe, but $50 for the Zoku maker is double what I was expecting.

  • jo
    jo
    5/27/2011 4:06 PM

    I too agree the price is over the top. Yes it is a great idea, yes you can make more healthy treats (so it says), and yes it is fast and convenient. I will make an uneducated guess about the item and say I bet it is made in China and does not cost an arm and leg to make. And I, too, agree bring the price down and it will fly off the shelves and I am betting make more $$ than having to take out a loan to purchase all the pieces. My 2 cents anyway.

  • Ken
    Ken – Special Guest
    5/27/2011 4:30 PM

    Hi Everyone, We appreciate your feedback. We've found that once people have a chance to use the Zoku they really appreciate the value of the product, and they understand that it is much more than an ice pop mold! It's a way to quickly make healthy and creative pops at home, and over time it will save you money compared to store-bought pops. In addition it can be great fun to make them with your family and friends. The Zoku Tool kit takes pop making to the next level and allows users to make pops that could never be made before with traditional ice pop molds. Many people are using it for a simple yet engaging play date activity. We also offer high-quality recipes on our blog for free, and we update them frequently! Thanks for all of your feedback! - The Zoku Team

  • Liz
    Liz
    5/27/2011 4:38 PM

    I was also very excited about this until I came to the price. Was hoping it was affordable since we love popscicles in the summer. I will be sticking to paper cups and wooden sticks. Lots cheaper, even over time, when you go to the dollar store.

    Lower the price by half and I would definitel buy one.

    Liz

  • Amberly Hale
    Amberly Hale
    5/27/2011 4:53 PM

    I ordered this and it was just delivered yesterday! I can't wait to make popsicles tonight and this weekend!!!

    *post edited to comply with our no outside advertising policy.

  • Susan
    Susan
    5/27/2011 5:11 PM

    I, too, was actually very interested in this - until I saw the price, and, why is it that you can only make 3 at a time, and a maximum of 9, before you are not able to freeze anymore? Could it be because the unit only stays cold enough for only so long? And, who would want to throw a party, especially something such a a child's birthday party, and have a total of 9 popsicles? I can't think of many children's, or adults', parties, which only have a total of 9 people in attendance! And, where do you place the last 3 popsicles, since the holder, which I deem a necessary part of the kit, since they have to be properly stored and should come as part and parcel with the "basic," kit, at no extra charge, only holds a total of 6? And, there's more! Why do you not think that there are not other healthy, creative, and resourceful ways to make popsicles? By using more simple methods, and spending money on fruits, yogurt, nuts,and so forth, instead of on this stupid gadget, I promise you, you can make popsicles that are good for you. Yes, it might take a bit longer, but, you'll save quite alot of money by not buying the gadget. And, rest assured, it will eventually stop functioning. I'm sure that, whatever is inside of it, that freezes, will not continue to freeze, thaw, freeze, and thaw, forever!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/27/2011 5:40 PM

    Lots to consider before deciding if this is right for you. Thanks for everyone's feedback. I know that my son loves making popsicles with his friends (we have the molds) but the excitement has worn off and the friends have gone home by the time they are ready to eat. For me personally, it would be one of those cool things that you can do with your kids that makes an afternoon special and creates memories; like decorating cookies. There are many ways to do that at a lower cost, too, but this would truly be a hit in my home!

  • Sherry
    Sherry
    7/5/2011 3:03 AM

    @Katherine Klinger: Katherine... Alot of us customers (me included) believe this item to look awesome but way to over priced... You have great things to say about an item the "would" be a great addition to your family fun.. Was just wondering "WHY" it's not in your home yet?? Perhaps too high priced? Just wondering.. Thanks for your time.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/5/2011 9:44 AM

    @Sherry: Great question. It is on my wishlist and I haven't ruled it out by any means! I fall in love with just about every Grommet and so I have this battle quite a bit.

  • Donna
    Donna
    5/27/2011 7:25 PM

    Great idea.....WAY too much. It may make the pops in 7 minutes but then you have to freeze the unit for another 24 hours to make the next batch. You can make healthy pops at home for pennies. I make fresh fruit smoothies and freeze in my "cheap" Tupperware popsicle maker. You can freeze a batch in less than the 24 hours it takes for the unit to be ready. The extra $20 for the storage container that only holds 6 seems way out of line too! Yes...fun thing to try with the kids if the money doesn't matter.....but I think the novelty would wear off quick. Sorry Zoku.....I agree with the others, lower the price and you will see them sell!

  • Boots
    Boots
    5/27/2011 9:17 PM

    I have to agree with all the comments from Donna for example that say that is is MUCH too costly. You can make similar ones for far less money. Was going to buy it for my daughter-in-law who is totally into organic etc, but there is no way I am going to spend big bucks like that when there are other choices. The fact that you have to make only three- and then three more and then have something to store them in. The price is way off base.

  • Ann Marie
    Ann Marie
    5/30/2011 12:30 AM

    Like so many, I was so excited when I saw this product. I immediately wanted to order two, one for myself, one for my daughter-in-law. I was shocked when I looked at the price! As I understand it, this is not even an electric appliance.

    Far too expensive in this economy, will have to cotinure to make healthy juice pops the old, slow, way with the inexpensive plastic molds. Too bad, this looked great until you add up the mold and the extras.

  • Headacheslayer
    Headacheslayer
    5/30/2011 4:17 PM

    Ok, pricey yes--but OH SO COOL! The almost instant gratification is reason enough to get this. In addition, my son has anaphylactic food allergies and this would be a great way for him to get more than "just a juice pop" (he's allergic to nuts, eggs, dairy). In addition, he has a voracious appetite so this way we make JUST enough without him going through a whole box of pops in a few days (juice pops may be healthier but still contain a lot of sugar).

    I do believe we're going to splurge on this. Plus another tray to keep my son's pops separate from ours. I'm a bit put off by all the negative comments--it's one thing to say "this is too pricey" but remember the addage "If you can't say something nice...."

    I think I will want to do a video for my blog--and that this will be huge hit with our family and their friends!

  • Sandy Honeyman
    Sandy Honeyman
    6/18/2011 6:49 AM

    Hi Ken -

    We bought this for my daughter (great product!) but we are missing the instruction booklet. Is it available online or can we receive one in the mail?

    Thanks so much.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/18/2011 10:41 AM

    @Sandy Honeyman: Ken forwarded this link that offers the instruction manual as a pdf in various languages.

    Zoku Quick Pop Maker Instruction Manual

    Let us know what kind of pops you make with it!

  • Carol
    Carol
    6/27/2011 3:07 PM

    I bought the Zoku pop maker and it works perfectly, as long as you don't go even a little bit above the fill line. I think it's well worth the price to have healthy and delicious frozen treats in minutes, plus there are no moving parts to get worn out or jammed which has happened with a few ice cream makers I've owned.

    I've been experimenting with everything from fruit juice, to frozen smoothies and greek yogurt with blended fruit. Everything has been delicious and the recipe book is well worth the money. Layered pops and even filled pops are easy to do and it's fun to get creative in coming up with different kind of popsicles.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/27/2011 4:32 PM

    @Carol Murphy : Thanks for the feedback, Carol! It's great that you're having so much fun creating all kinds of different pops. Good point about paying careful attention to that fill line, too, thanks for the heads up!

  • Betty Ann Lewis
    Betty Ann Lewis
    6/27/2011 6:25 PM

    I was disappointed when I opened my Quick Pop Maker and found that it can not be used with low sugar and no sugar beverages. Being diabetic, I bought this so I could use these products to make treats for myself. Any suggestions?

    I may return this unless I can come up with a solution. Also, this information should be on the outside of the box, so the it could help in the decision making process.

    My 3 1/2 year old grandson is coming tomorrow and I thought this would be fun for us to do. Because he lives far away, I don't want to do this if I am not going to use it the rest of the year.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/27/2011 11:45 PM

    @Betty Ann Lewis: Although your Grandson would probably love this, liquids with low sugar content or artificial sweeteners don't work well in the unit because they are more likely to get stuck in the Quick Pop Maker. Because of this, you won't be able to use it for your own treats. I will pass on your suggestion to Ken that this should be on the outside of the box. Thank you for posting this heads up for others as well.

  • Wendy Lohr
    Wendy Lohr
    9/26/2011 2:24 PM

    In the video you state: "... in about 7 minutes, without electricity." This is false advertising, from the direction book: "Place it in the freezer for 24 hours. Make sure the freezer temperature is set to 0 degrees or less." It requires electricity. If someone buys this intending to use it on a camping trip without access to electric they'll be sorely disappointed.

    Also in the video you say it can be used for pudding pops (and yogurt. Again, from the instruction book: "Soft ingredients such as ice cream and pudding may also be difficult to remove since they are too soft, and the stick may slip out during the removal process." It adds yogurt to this list of may not work items later.

    You also say you can make up to 9 pops at a time, but the unit only comes with 6 sticks and it says not to use any other sticks with the unit. The instructions also say that 'variety' pops (layered, additions, filled) may not make more than one batch before needing re-frozen.

    There is NO REASON (other than trying to get people to buy something they can't use!) that you did not state UP FRONT that this can not be used for sugar free or low sugar items. You know that diabetics would be excited about this. You say in the video about making 'healthier' pops and being able to control ingredients and you know sugar can be a huge problem. You know that not being able to make sugar free/low sugar items would cause people not to buy this product. Not cool.

    On top of everything else, it's entirely over priced and you know it.

  • Robin
    Robin
    5/24/2012 8:39 PM

    Hi. I am a borderline diabetic. Do you have any ideas for sugar free or mostly sugar free pops?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    5/25/2012 12:56 PM

    @Robin: Great time to bring out the ice pop maker & think of yummee recipes. We would suggest you browse through the different recipes at Zoku blog at http://blog.zokuhome.com/ for the sugar free or mostly sugar free pops. If you don't find them, just post your question on their blog.

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