After spending weeks stuck under a heat dome with record breaking temperatures, I know everyone is looking for fun ways to cool down. So when I got the chance to try a Slush and Shake Maker along with The Art of Slush Recipe Book by Zoku I knew it was just what I needed on these hot days.
Zoku is known for their housewares and prides themselves on making family memories around their products. Zoku has Quick Pop Makers, Ice ball molds, Slush & Shake Maker, Iced Coffee Maker, Ice Cream Makers, Pop & Ice Molds, Travel Tumblers as well as recipe books.
“The team at Zoku was inspired to start a Slushy Revolution. In our desire to live heathier and eat mindfully,we noticed that slushies (and slushy makers) had been left behind in the shuffle-sure they came in various colors and flavors, but they have certainly never been categorized as gourmet or healthy. Thats why we’re so excited to share these delicious, wholesome recipes for the Zoku Slush and Shake Maker with you.”
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Once I received my Slush and Shake Maker I hand washed the inner core, made sure it was completely dry and then placed it upright in my freezer over night (recommended 8-18 hours). This gave me time to go through The Art of Slush recipe book to try and pick a recipe.
The Art of Slush begins with a fun intro starting with the History of Slush and some fun facts including the quickest way to relieve brain freeze ( placing your tongue on the roof of your mouth to warm the palate). The intro will help you choose your sweeteners, dairy, fruit and gives you lots of tips such as adding alcohol for adult drinks. Then it moves to the good stuff, the recipes! With 22 Slushy Recipes, 12 Milkshake Recipes and 8 Smoothie Recipes your going to have a hard time just picking one. So instead I picked one of each.
I decided to start with a smoothie for breakfast, so I chose the Mango Lassi on pages 88-89 in The Art of Slush Recipe Book.
1 1/2 cups (9 ounces) Chopped Mango, peeled and pitted ripe mango (approximately 2 mangoes)
1 cup Greek Yogurt
1/3 cup half and half
optional: light agave nectar, to taste (I didn’t feel it was necessary)
Directions: Puree the mango, yogurt and half and half in a blender. Taste and add agave nectar, if needed; blend again. Pour into the Slush and Shake Maker; Stir until think.
The Mango Lassi was a perfect start to my day, I was easily able to cut the recipe in half. Although the inside of the cup looks small don’t let this fool you. The Slush and Shake Maker is a generous portion for one person (but lets be honest as a mom nothing is just for me and I shared my breakfast with my one year old). The inner core is super easy to wash dry and place back in the freezer while I picked out my next recipe.
I love everything coffee so my next recipe to try is the Vietnamese Iced Coffee Slush on pages 46-47.
Vietnamese Iced Coffee Slush
2 cups filtered water
3/4 cup dark roast coffee
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
Directions: Bring the water to a boil in medium-sized saucepan. Add the coffee, stir to incorporate, and let steep 5 minutes. Strain the coffee through a cheesecloth-lined strainer into a clean container. Stain again if you see any coffee grounds in the coffee. Cool, then refrigerate until cold, about a hour. Whisk in the condensed milk. Pour into the Slush and Shake Maker; stir until think.
This is by far my favorite recipe, it has changed my whole outlook on iced coffee. I did cut this recipe in half (which is probably for the better because I could have easily enjoyed the whole recipe by myself). The hardest part of this cold coffee recipe is waiting for it to turn slush.
The third recipe it I chose was the Cookies & Cream Milkshake on pages 52-53
Cookies & Cream Milkshake
1 cup vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup whole milk
optional: 2 tablespoons cookie butter
1/2 cup chopped Oreo cookies (approximately 5 cookies), divided
garnish: 2 Oreo cookies
Directions: Puree the ice cream, milk, and cookie butter if using. Pour into the Slush and Shake Maker and add one-half of the chopped Oreos to each maker; stir until thick. Garnish with an Oreo.
Once again I did cut this recipe in half. I love that I am able to make a dessert for one and not have a ton left over. My milkshake for one was a perfect cool treat on a hot day. Every recipe I tried was super easy and very tasty. Maybe I will get adventurous and try and make my own recipe next time.