Summer feels like it’s here to stay this year, so we’re looking for fun ways to splash out and cool down. Ice cream anyone? For those of you who like to make your own ice cream or ice lollies at home, we’ve discovered this handy little number from Zoku which is equally cute and functional. The Duo Quick Pop Maker comes with two slots, making it ideal for couples or smaller families. A big draw card is the convenience that it offers – it only takes approximately 7 minutes to freeze, on your countertop, without electricity. You simply store the compact base in your freezer, and you can make up to six pops before refreezing the unit. It also offers several exciting options – choose between striped pops, yoghurt pops or flavoured core pops. Another great Zoku product, particularly if you have young kids, is the nifty Character Kit. It comes with 17 pieces, including 14 stencils, a face plate, a stand to hold the pop maker, a pusher tool, instructions, and sample character designs to get you started. So you’ll have endless ways to decorate your ice lolly. Create faces, animals or fun characters in a jiffy. Recommended retail prices are R390 for the Zoku Duo and R170 for the character kit. They’ll be available at Yuppiechef.co.za by mid-February and at Boardmans by March 2012. Visit zokuhome.com for more information.