After spending a long winter in the deep freeze, it’s about time to dust off the ol’ Zoku popsicle maker. If like me, you’re not quite ready to go blending up those beautiful strawberries for a taste of spring, there is another flavor that can put you in mind of sunshine and take you right out to the desert. Dates. And in this case, we’re talkin’ about a Banana Date Shake Zoku pop.
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Inspiration comes at the oddest moments. When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do, still laying in bed, is a scroll-through of email, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to see what happened over night. Sunrise is at 5 something now, alarm goes off at 6, and there is zero chance I’m getting out of bed before that. On one of those scroll-throughs, Chronicle Books was doing a Twitter contest to win a signed copy of the Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream Bookand a bag of bacon peanut brittle. All you had to do to enter was come up with a dream Humphry Slocombe flavor. My idea: Chocolate y Churros — a cayenne-kicked Mexican chocolate ice cream with churro chunks (I didn’t win)…but it led to these cayenne-kicked fudgesicles for the Zoku.
When I bought the Zoku last year, the two popsicles I knew I wanted to make were Nutella fudgesicles and orange creamsicles (did you call them 50-50 bars when you were a kid? I did). I figured out the Nutella fudgesicles right quick, but the orange creamsicle eluded me. I kept seeing it exactly as I remembered it — a cream center with an orange outside. Last summer, I even made Lemon Buttermilk Zoku pops using David Lebovitz’s recipe, but never stopped to think, “Hey, why don’t you just swap out the lemon for orange?” DUH!!
The Libby’s Pumpkin Pie recipe from the back of the can is tradition in our family. But whenever I make pumpkin pie, I always have a little bit of pumpkin pie mix leftover, which I usually bake alongside the pie in a little ramekin. And that little crustless thing dries out in the fridge and never gets eaten. So this year, it went into the Zoku pop maker.
I must have looked for David Lebovitz’s The Perfect Scoop for almost 6 months at my fave used bookstore, thinking a copy would turn up eventually. It never did. And now I know why! You’d be crazy to give up this book! Covering ice cream, gelati, sorbetti, granitas and a full spectrum of accompanying sauces, The Perfect Scoop offers a mix of more traditional (chocolate & peanut butter, rum raisin, chocolate sorbet) and not-so-traditional flavors (orange-Szechuan peppercorn, pear-pecorino, roquefort-honey). If it tastes great on its own, why not in ice cream? The book is a must for anyone who likes frozen treats, dairy or non-.