According to Popsicle.com, 2 billion Popsicle brand pops are sold each year. If you do the math that works out to…
- 2,000,000,000 billion popsicle boxes.
- 12,000,000,000 popsicle wrappers (assuming 6 pops per box – but many boxes come with 12 pops).
- 12,000,000,000 wooden popsicle sticks (again, assuming only 6 pops per box)
The above figures only take Popsicle brand pops into account. Once you start figuring in world-wide sales of all the popsicle brands available, that’s an insane amount of trash created annually!
If you make them correctly, homemade popsicles are a much more eco-friendly way to go.
Some families make homemade popsicles in little paper cups with foil and wooden sticks, a method that cuts down on popsicle trash somewhat, but it’s still not the most eco-friendly method.
The best way to make homemade popsicles is with a decent set of reusable popsicle molds. If you’re not sure what to look for in good popsicle mold, below is a quick primer.
Best popsicle mold features
I’ve used TONS of popsicle molds over the years – some better than others. Following are the key features I look for in a good popsicle mold set.
Little paper cups are reusable to a point, but not for long. Look for molds that are made of BPA-free plastic, stainless steel or silicone that can be used for years and years. I’ve owned my favorite Tolovo molds for more than 10 years and they’re in great shape.
Some popsicle mold sets come with reusable molds, but no handles, meaning you’ll have to purchase new wooden sticks when you want to make pops. Look for molds that come with dedicated reusable handles.
Single serve molds
Some mold sets come clumped together, which is ok, but not even close to as good as single serve popsicle molds. Clumped molds mean you have to thaw all the pops at the same time. Single serve molds allow you to take one pop out of the freezer at a time and even allows you to make one pop at a time if you choose.
Look for popsicle molds made with less-toxic materials, such as BPA-free plastic, stainless steel or silicone.
If you have a baby or toddler, don’t buy huge popsicle molds. If you have older kids or a houseful of adults, don’t buy tiny molds. The wrong size mold will hinder your popsicle making process.
Alternative molds can be eco-friendly
If all you can find are plastic molds and you’re not sure that they’re chemical free, you have to weigh the pros and cons of reusable popsicle molds vs. store bought ice pops. In my opinion, even traditional plastic ice pop molds are more eco-friendly than store bought popsicle. Reusable molds in any form will cut down on waste and the energy used to manufacture store bought pops.
You can make your own popsicle molds using various items, such as shot glasses or BPA-free plastic or stainless steel cups. You can use reusable thrift store spoons for the handles.
Popsicle mold options
Check out the links below for the best reusable popsicle mold round-ups.