Hot weather is nigh, and it’s time to break out the cold drinks and of course, the tasty, chilly goodness of popsicles. You will find lots of households preparing these chilly treats every summer because it’s fast, easy and it cools you down quickly. Whether it’s the fruit-flavored stuff for the kids or alcohol-infused ones for the adults in the house, an ice pop is one summer tradition that will never go out of style. Check out these recipes to prepare your own ice-cold treats, and while you’re at it, here are some of our “hottest” ice pop mold picks.
- What ingredients are great for making popsicles?
Answer: Back in the day, popsicles were made using water-based ice pop recipes. Now, mixes for this frozen treat run the gamut from well-blended purely fruit purees, yogurt, condensed milk, buttermilk and even alcohol-based mixes featuring red wine, vodka, rosé, Irish cream and the like. You can make your popsicles with a smooth consistency or allow chunkier bits of fruit, chocolate or nuts in it. There are recipes that will only require mixing all ingredients together and filling the molds while some require a bit of cooking. Regardless of the recipe you prefer, ice pops are still a nice way to stave off summer heat.
- How much popsicle mix should you fill each ice pop mold?
Answer: Once you have whipped up your popsicle mix, pour it in a pitcher with a spout and fill those molds carefully, allowing around 1/4-inch of space on top of the ice pops. This is due to the fact that the mixture will expand over the course of freezing. Remove any excess popsicle mix on top of the ice pops so it will not harden along with the rest of the popsicle mix and make the whole process of unmolding unmanageable.
- How do you unmold popsicles?
Answer: There are a few methods to unmolding popsicles. A reliable method is to fill a container or pan with warm water—this pan or container should be as tall as the mold in order to work. Dip the mold quickly in the water for around 20-30 seconds. Take away the ice pop mold from the pan and put it on top of a table or any even, hard surface. Pull the mold gently upwards while gripping the handles to pop out the popsicles. If you can’t get the popsicles out, try immersing the mold in the warm water once more for a bit longer. If you have enough time to wait, you can choose to allow the ice pops to thaw a bit but still retain its shape by letting room temperature do its job. This is not ideal though for ice pops made from milk or dairy mix.
Our Top Picks
Norpro Frozen Ice Pop Maker
- Includes 24 wooden sticks
- Made from BPA-free plastic
- FDA-approved popsicle mold
- Set comes with plastic molds and aluminum frame
Norpro is a trusted brand in kitchenware and their Frozen Ice Pop Maker is another excellent pick from the company. The molds are made from BPA-free plastic and come with aluminum frame—its quality has passed FDA standards too. It can freeze 10 3 oz popsicles in a matter of hours (5 hours max). Very easy to use, an affordable choice and does not contain any harmful element which can harm the food.
Ozera 150 Pack Ice Pop Mold Bags
- 150-piece disposable popsicle bags
- Can be zip-sealed
- 11 inches long
- 1.96 inches wide
The Ozera 150 Pack Ice Pop Mold Bags is a great choice for parties. The set comes with 150 pieces of disposable ice pop molds. This is a nice way to contain and freeze your favorite popsicle mixes or new recipes. Making your own ice pops will also help you save money and allow you to create healthier, sugar-free and all-natural ice pops. Ideal for any kind of popsicle mix from water-based ones, chunky paletas, yogurt or pudding pops.
Zoku Classic Pop Molds
- Includes 6 removable molds and sticks
- Comes with drip guards
- Made from BPA-free polypropylene
- Cleans easily with soap and water
The Zoku Classic Pop Molds is an affordable option with a sturdy built and a design which makes ice pop removal a snap to do. Its durable construction is made from BPA-free polypropylene and it easily cleans with water and soap. For mess-free eating, the mold also include drip guards. Whether for fruit-juice based popsicles or chocolate, fudgy ones, this mold will help retain your ice pops’ shape.
Bambini Bear Reusable Popsicle Molds
- Made from premium food-grade silicone
- Completely BPA/BPS/PVC/lead/phthalate-free
- Durable and unbreakable
- Includes drip guard
The Bambini Bear Reusable Popsicle Molds is the best choice for babies and toddlers. This is a neat way to introduce solid foods for your younger kids—it has a design which allows solid freezing of popsicle mixes whether it’s breastmilk, fruit/vegetable purees or juices. The design also includes drip guards to catch any excess and prevent messy eating. Has a very cute and eye-catching carrot-like design that’s easy to clean.
Carrie 3D Ice Pop Molds
- Has 6 unique mold designs
- Also serves as candy molds
- BPA and phthalate-free
- Great to give as gifts
The Carrie 3D Ice Pop Molds wins hands down when it comes to the most adorable ice pop design. The molds feature 6 individual, cute designs in the form of animals, princesses or divers. These molds are completely devoid of harmful BPA and phthalates and made from premium silicone and polypropylene. You can also use this as a mold for making candy. The durable design allows it to accommodate different mixes and ingredients.
FoodWorks Silicone Ice Pop Maker Molds
- Includes 6 8-inch long molds
- Comes in 6 bright colors
- Reusable and flexible molds
The FoodWorks Silicone Ice Pop Maker Molds is another great choice for the kids since it encourages mess-free enjoyment of frozen treats. The pops can be taken on standing up with the lid side down or laid down. Its smart tapered form allows you to enjoy every bit of your popsicle mix without it melting down on your hand. If you want something that’s reusable, go for this choice. Cleanup is easy too since this one is dishwasher-friendly.
Don’t waste those delicious popsicle mixes on flimsy molds—invest in the best for frozen treats that will maintain their shape and tasty flavors. These ice pop molds will put summer heat at bay.