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There’s no doubt that one of the quickest ways to cool off in summer is with an ice-cold popsicle, but my love of frozen treats knows no season. And with a quality popsicle mold in your kitchen equipment arsenal, you can skip the trip to the grocery store and whip up custom frozen confections at home, so you’ll have a steady supply on hand whenever cravings strike.
Popsicle molds are typically made of silicone or plastic and come in different shapes and sizes. Besides convenience, using popsicle molds to make your own frozen pops means you can experiment with different flavors and ingredients, like juice, fruit and vegetable purees, yogurt, plus add-ins like granola or sprinkles. Since you’re in control of what goes into the pops, you can forgo the artificial sweeteners and mystery dyes in favor of wholesome ingredients.
One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to make a double batch of smoothies and pour the leftovers into my popsicle molds. My daughter loves experimenting with making smoothies with different seasonal fruits from the farmers' market, especially early-summer strawberries and peak-summer peaches.
Here are the best popsicle molds for making delicious frozen treats in your home.
Best Overall: Zoku Classic Pop Molds
What We Like: Easy-to-release pops, drip guards, BPA- and phthalate-free
What We Don't Like: Not dishwasher safe, shape doesn’t fit easily in all freezers
This mold from Zoku makes six, easy-to-release popsicles in the classic shape. The set includes one silicone pop-mold base, six 2 x 4-inch removable molds (about the same size as grocery store treats), and six reusable popsicle sticks. We love that the sticks come with drip guards to help with messy clean-up, making this set kid-friendly.
The pop molds are made from durable polypropylene that's free of BPA and phthalates, ensuring that your popsicles are free of toxins. Once frozen, you can easily remove the molds from the base to store them individually in your freezer. The material is what makes these molds easy to release. If the popsicle doesn't slide right out, just quickly run the mold under warm water to free your popsicle.
The base and molds are not dishwasher safe, but they wash up easily with warm water and mild soap. One drawback: The shape of the base can make it challenging to find room in the freezer for a flat space conducive to uniform freezing.
Material: Polypropylene | Popsicle Size: 3.1 fluid ounces | Dishwasher Safe: No | Dimensions (LxWxH): 8.5 x 4 x 4.75 inches
Best Overall, Runner-Up: Tovolo Groovy Pop Molds
What We Like: Large capacity, BPA-free, dishwasher safe
What We Don't Like: Can be hard to release popsicles from molds
Tovolo's Groovy Pop Mold set wins points for its larger capacity mold as each holds 4 fluid ounces, compared to the more common 3-ounce models. The design includes a sturdy base that keeps pop molds upright and secure to prevent tipping and spilling in the freezer. The reusable popsicle sticks have drip-guard handles that snap into place before freezing, and ensure mess-free consumption when ready to eat.
Tovolo molds are suitable for a variety of frozen treats, like strawberry yogurt popsicles, fruit juices, or leftover smoothies. The molds are made from BPA-free plastic and are dishwasher safe. Some users noted that to ensure that popsicles release easily from the mold, it’s best to let the pops sit on the counter at room temperature for a couple of minutes, or quickly run it under warm water.
"I really like the Tovolo Groovy popsicle molds. They make a classic shape and a good capacity, and the popsicles are easy to remove from the molds. The only trick is keeping track of the individual components!" — Emma Christensen, Editor in Chief
Material: Plastic | Popsicle Size: 4 fluid ounces | Dishwasher Safe: Yes | Dimensions (LxWxH): 6.75 x 6.25 x 7.75 inches
Best Budget: Helistar Silicone Ice Pop Molds
What We Like: Easy-to-release pops, BPA-free, dishwasher safe
What We Don't Like: Requires flat, dedicated freezer space
Silicone’s flexibility makes it easier for frozen pops to slide out of the mold simply by running them under warm water and lifting them out gently. These Helistar ice pop molds are not only made from BPA-free silicone, ensuring that your popsicles will be free of chemicals, but are also budget-friendly.
Each set comes with two bases that make six 3.3-ounce popsicles each, for a total of 12 popsicles. The kit also comes with a silicone funnel for ease of pouring, 12 sticks, and a cleaning brush (though the molds are dishwasher safe, too). If you want to make more than a dozen popsicles, Helistar makes similar molds for twenty 3.5-ounce pops and twenty-four 3.6-ounce pops.
In addition to making popsicles with juices and other liquids, the manufacturer says these molds can be used to make frozen treats with purees, yogurt, gelatin, fruit, ice cream, pudding, jams, and jellies. Some reviewers note that because the silicone material is so flexible, it’s important to clear enough space in your freezer for the mold to sit flat to ensure that the sticks stay centered.
Material: Silicone | Popsicle Size: 3.3 fluid ounces | Dishwasher Safe: Yes | Dimensions (LxWxH): 5.5 x 4.9 x 3.5 inches
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Best for Toddlers: Baker Boutique Mini Popsicle Mold
What We Like: Easy-to-release silicone, kid-friendly size, multi-use
What We Don't Like: Needs dedicated space in freezer, small drip guard
This popsicle mold makes seven mini popsicles that are around 2.6 ounces each, the perfect size for toddler appetites. The mold is made from FDA-approved, food-grade silicone, making it easy to release the frozen pops—simply push up from the bottom of the mold. The material’s nonstick finish makes it easy to wash everything by hand, but all of it is also dishwasher safe.
We love the fun, colorful plastic sticks that are lightweight and designed to be easy for small hands to grasp. The mold is also multi-functional—use these molds as an ice cube tray to make round ice cubes for cocktails, to freeze small amounts of baby food, or as a chocolate or candy-making mold.
Material: Silicone | Popsicle Size: 2.6 fluid ounces | Dishwasher Safe: Yes | Dimensions (LxWxH): 6.3 x 6.3 x 3.1 inches
Best Space-Saving: Lekue Large Stackable Popsicle Molds
What We Like: Stackable, easy to fill, good for kids
What We Don't Like: Only makes four popsicles
We love the space-saving stackable design of this popsicle mold which helps free up room in your freezer. The flat design also makes it easy to fill the silicone molds with fewer drips and spills.
This set comes with four plastic lids to keep freezer smells and ice crystals out, four reusable plastic sticks, and a recipe booklet with easy recipes, including lactose-free and gluten-free options. The molds and sticks are dishwasher safe but also wash up easily with warm, soapy water. One thing to note: there are two sizes available, the large 3.2-ounce molds and small 2.1-ounce molds, so double-check before you place your order. The smaller size can be a boon to those looking for portion control, or for families with small kids.
Material: Silicone | Popsicle Size: 3.2 fluid ounces | Dishwasher Safe: Yes | Dimensions (LxWxH): 6.5 x 3 x 1 inches
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Best Metal: Onyx POP004 Stainless Steel Popsicle Mold
What We Like: Durable, non-toxic, easy-to-release
What We Don't Like: Expensive, hand-wash only
This contemporary popsicle mold is made from stainless steel and makes 6 paddle-style ice pops, roughly the same size as a standard grocery store pop. Each set comes with one stand, six molds, six lids, 12 removable silicone rings, and a set of reusable bamboo sticks. The food-grade 18/8 stainless steel makes these durable molds less prone to rust.
The design allows one ice pop to be removed (or re-filled) at a time, without disrupting the rest of the batch. We also appreciate that the set comes with silicone rings to help secure the bamboo sticks and keep them in place (no more tilted or sunken sticks!). The popsicles release easily—just run under warm water briefly or hold in the palm of your hand for a few seconds to warm. The popsicle molds are not dishwasher safe though, hand washing with warm, soapy water is recommended.
Material: 18/8 stainless steel | Popsicle Size: 3.3 fluid ounces | Dishwasher Safe: No | Dimensions (LxWxH): 8 x 4 x 5.5 inches
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What to Look for When Buying Popsicle Molds
The type of material the popsicle mold is made of affects its durability and how easily frozen popsicles release from the mold. Popsicle molds are commonly made of silicone and plastic, but there are also metal molds on the market.
Silicone is flexible which makes releasing frozen pops easier, but you need to handle the molds carefully when filling and transferring the mold to the freezer. You’ll also want to ensure that there’s a dedicated, flat space in the freezer with nothing else around it. If the mold is bumped or jostled, it can cause spillage, which is especially messy when it happens in the freezer.
Plastic tends to be inexpensive, making for a budget-friendly option. But once plastic gets cold, it’s more prone to cracking or breaking if dropped on a hard floor. Unlike silicone molds, most plastic molds are dishwasher safe.
If you’re looking to purchase a metal popsicle mold, opt for stainless steel over aluminum since it's more durable and less prone to rusting. Stainless steel is also a good alternative if you’re concerned about chemicals leaching from plastic or find silicone molds challenging. Metal sets usually come with wooden popsicle sticks, which means you’ll need to restock once the starter supply runs out. And metal sets can often be bulky, taking up extra space in the freezer.
Popsicle sizes range from two to four fluid ounces. Though there isn’t a standard size pop, per se, the size you’re used to finding at the grocery store is typically around three fluid ounces. Popsicle molds designed for toddlers are smaller, around one ounce.
Most popsicle mold kits come with a base and six molds. Most popsicle molds are designed as a single piece (base) with individual cavities and individual sticks or handles. For these, you’ll want to consider the height of the tray since popsicles typically have to be stored upright to freeze. If space is at a premium, look for stackable options or those that can be frozen sideways.
How long do popsicles take to freeze?
Typically, popsicles need at least eight hours (or overnight) to freeze.
Can you put ice cream or kulfi in popsicle molds?
Yes. Many popsicle mold manufacturers state that a variety of ingredients can be used in popsicles, including ice cream. If you’re layering different kinds of ice cream in a popsicle mold, it’s best to soften the ice cream at room temperature. The base for kulfi, a frozen North Indian ice cream-like dessert make from sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream, can be poured into molds and set up in the freezer like other frozen confections. Because of its delicate nature, kulfi is best frozen in silicone molds.
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