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These Zoku mini pops take a cue from Uncle Sam and pop up dressed in their red, white and blue-striped best!
These li'l pops made in Zoku Mini Pop Molds are like Bomb Pops meet candy-pacifier rings. Your 4th of July guests are gonna do cartwheels right into the lake when they see 'em!
They couldn't be easier either. With the Zoku Mini Pop Molds and some store-bought slurpy stuff, prep is a piece of cake. Just freeze 'em up, one layer at a time, and pop 'em out when your patriots need to chill out.
Ingredients? Not so much. This is all: 1 red and 1 blue freezer pop (unfrozen), some water and a tad of sweetened condensed milk.
Cut the red and blue sleeves and empty each into a prep bowl. Combine the water and sweetened condensed milk in another prep bowl. (Use food coloring to deepen or enhance the colors if you want.)
Now we're gettin' on our red, white and blue. Let's GO!
Spoon 1-1/2 teaspoons of the red liquid into each of the round molds. Freeze for 90 minutes.
Remove the Zoku tray from the freezer and add 1-1/2 teaspoons of the white liquid to each of the round molds, right on top of the frozen red layers. Return the tray to the freezer for another 90 minutes.
Remove the Zoku tray from the freezer. Take a very sharp pointy paring knife and turn it in the center of each pop to bore a small hole down through the white layer only. This is where the pop handle will be inserted.
See that pop handle to the right of the knife? It's a good idea to do a "fit check" to make sure the handle can be inserted flush with the mold tops.
Don't cut deeper than the white layer with your knife, or you risk puncturing the soft, flexible Zoku molds and ruining them!
Once you have your little holes drilled, add the blue liquid all the way up to the fill line on each pop.
Next, add the handles, pressing down gently to make sure each is in position. Freeze the pops 2 hours or overnight -- hey! There's an idea: get'er done the night before and actually enjoy the 4th!
Releasing these cuties from their nests is a snap! Push up from the bottom with one hand as you gently pull on the handle with your other hand. Seriously -- fwooop -- out they come, soooo easy.
Adorbs! This was my test one but I couldn't resist giving it a lick. Reminds me so much of summertime as a kid!
Line 'em up and pass 'em out. These are a perf palate cleanser after a BBQ dinner and before the big fireworks show.
Hope your 4th really pops!