Minions have invaded planet earth and there is no escaping them. If you can’t hide from them, you might as well join them! I picked up a copy of the new Minions movie and thought it would be fun to make some Minion Popsicles for the kids to snack on while watching the movie. Minion popsicles would be really fun for serving at a movie watching party or a birthday party.
I received a Zoku Character Kit and Zoku Storage Case from Zoku to try free of charge and I immediately knew I wanted to make Minion popsicles. I am not being compensated for this post, but it does contain affiliate links which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission at no extra cost to you if you decide to make a purchase. The opinions and ideas expressed on this page are purely my own.
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Supplies You Will Need To Make Minion Popsicles
You will need a Zoku Quick Pop Maker and Zoku Character Kit to make Minion Popsicles. I also used the Zoku Quick Pop Tools, the Zoku Chocolate Station and Zoku Storage Case as well, but those items are not essential to achieve the end result. The chocolate station makes coating the popsicles in chocolate easy peasy, but you could improvise and use a wide jar or glass instead. The air-tight storage case allows you to store the popsicles in an upright position and without touching each other in your freezer until you are ready to eat them. If you want to make a bunch of popsicles for a party, extra Zoku Sticks And Drip Guards are available too.
They do take a little bit of preparation in advance, so plan accordingly. Freeze your Zoku Quick Pop Maker for at least 12 hours prior to using and if you are making homemade fondant, it will need to rest for 24 hours before it can be colored and rolled.
To begin, you will need some black, white and grey fondant to make the eyes and mouths of the Minions. I used Cakewhiz’s marshmallow fondant recipe which is super easy to make and only requires a couple of ingredients. If you don’t want to make your fondant from scratch, you can buy ready-to-roll black and white fondant or sheets of edible decorating paper instead. Mix the black and white fondant together to make grey fondant for the glasses.
The sugar sheets are available in a wide range of colors including black, silver and white, which are the three colors we will be using. I love the shimmery effect of the silver sheet. It would give your Minions a little bling!
I used fresh pineapple for the body of the Minions despite the Minions favorite snack being bananas because I don’t have much luck with using fresh bananas in the Zoku Quick Pop Maker. I always end up with a “soft pull popsicle” which is a popsicle that doesn’t freeze solid and breaks apart when it is being released from the mold. Instead, I came up with a compromise that I am confident the Minions will approve of – a pina colada popsicle made with fresh pineapple, banana extract flavoring and shredded coconut. The pants of the Minions are made from a pureed milk and coconut mixture tinted blue with a couple drops of coconut extract for a more intense flavor. The tops of the popsicles are dipped in melted Yellow Candy Melts to easily attach the fondant pieces.
How To Make Minion Popsicles
Prepare your fondant for rolling. You will need 3 small balls of black, white and grey fondant, about 3 inches in diameter each. Soften the fondant by massaging it in your hands before rolling.
Roll out a small ball of black fondant to a 1/4 inch thickness. With a sharp knife or blade, cut strips about 1 centimeter wide into 3 inch lengths to make the arms of the glasses. You will need one strip for each popsicle.
You will need the three circle shape cutters from the Zoku Character Kit to make the eyes and glasses. With the smallest circle shape cutter, cut out the pupils of the Minion from the rolled black fondant. You will need one per eye. I made some Minions with one eye and some with two, so it will depend on what you choose to determine how many you need.
Next, roll out the grey fondant to make the eye glass frames next. Using the largest circle shape cutter, cut out one circle for each eye you need. Then take the middle sized circle cutter and cut out the inside of the larger circle shapes. You will be left with a hollow circle which will be the rims of the eye glasses.
With the middle sized circle cutter, cut out the eyeballs of the Minions. Then using the smallest circle cutter, cut out the insides of the white circles. You should have a selection of small solid black circles, medium-sized, hollow white circles and large, hollow grey circles and black strips.
Piece the eyes together by placing a white circle inside a grey circle. Then place the black circles in the centers of the white circles. Now you have Minion eyes ready to be put onto the arms of the glasses.
Cut some curved mouth shapes using one end of the smile shape cutter. You will need one for each popsicle.
Melt one 12 ounce package of yellow candy melts in a double broiler over a pot of simmering water. Be very careful not to heat the chocolate too much or allow any water droplets or steam to touch the chocolate. It will seize and become unusable. Pour into the Zoku Chocolate Station or in a wide glass. The glass needs to be wide enough to dip the popsicles in.
Using a toothpick, spread some of the melted chocolate onto the black strips of fondant. Place the Minion eyes on top.
Repeat with all the eyes and arms and allow to harden for a few minutes before moving.
Dip each popsicle into the melted candy melts 2/3 of the way, covering the yellow part of the popsicle, leaving the bottom blue exposed.
Working quickly, place one set of eyes on the popsicle. The candy melts harden quickly, so it is best to work with one popsicle at a time. Hold and allow to harden for about 30 seconds and then place in the Zoku Storage Case or on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper. Immediately place the popsicles in the freezer until you are ready to eat them.
I made one-eyed Minion popsicles….
- 1 1/4 cup pureed pineapple
- 1/4 cup milk + 2 tablespoons
- 1/4 cup shredded, sweetened coconut
- 1 teaspoon banana extract
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
- 2 -3 drops blue food coloring
- 12 ounces Wilton Yellow Candy Melts
- Blend fresh pineapple chunks, about 2 cups loosely packed, in a blender until you have 1 and 1/4 cups puree.
- Add banana extract and give it another whirl.
- Pour into a measuring cup and set aside.
- Rinse blender quickly.
- Add milk, coconut, coconut extract and blue food dye to the blender and blend until the mixture is pureed.
- Pour into a second measuring cup.
- Remove your frozen Zoku Quick Pop Maker from the freezer.
- Insert the sticks into the mold.
- Pour the pineapple puree into the molds until they are filled 2/3 from the top. I found using a siphon was easier than pouring.
- Allow to freeze for 5 minutes.
- Fill the mold with the coconut milk mixture until the fill line.
- Allow to freeze for another 7 to 9 minutes.
- Remove the popsicles using the super tool.
- Store in the freezer until you are ready to decorate them.
- In a double broiler, melt 1 package of yellow candy melts over simmering water taking care not to heat the chocolate to hot or it will melt the popsicles.
- Make Minion eyes and glasses from fondant following the picture instructions above.
- Pour the melted candy melts into the Zoku Chocolate Station or a wide glass.
- Dip the popsicles into the melted candy melts and immediately attach a set of eyes and mouth to each popsicle.
- Allow to harden for about 30 seconds and then place in a Zoku Storage Case or in a plastic container lined with waxed paper.
- Store in the freezer you are ready to serve them.
Stop the mischievous Minions from causing havoc in your freezer and keep the Minion popsicles locked up tight in a Zoku Storage Case. The case holds 6 Zoku popsicles. The base of the case has 6 small posts for the popsicle sticks to fit on. The popsicles are stored in an upright position and have about a 1/2″ space between each, so they don’t touch each other. The airtight lid snaps on tight which keeps the popsicles fresh and prevents them from getting that sticky freezer burnt texture.
Thank you for stopping by! I hope you found some inspiration for your little Minions!
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