Updated Feb, 2016
Review summary: Though I talk about them all the time, I’ve never done a dedicated Tolovo ice pop mold review even though I’ve made well over 1,000 ice pops with them. So, it’s high time because Tolovo popsicle molds are, for the most part, excellent molds with very few cons.
Product: Various Tolovo popsicle molds by Tolovo. Now, I haven’t tried all the Tolovo molds, but I do own the following mold styles…
How I got the product: I purchased all my Tolovo popsicle molds with my own cold, hard cash.
Cost: Varies. I paid about $10-$12 for each set if I remember correctly. These are very reasonably priced popsicle molds, especially considering how awesome they are.
Use: Don’t die of shock now, but yes, you use these molds to make homemade (hopefully organic) ice pops.
- Tovolo molds are made with BPA-free materials.
- Extremely long-lasting. I bought my first set when my son Cedar was about 5 years old, so I’ve had some of these molds for 10 years. Even though kids tend to chew on handles, ours have held up exceptionally well. I’ve made well over 1,000 pops with these molds and they’re in amazing shape.
- Tovolo molds come in bright colors, which may seem like a moot point, but it’s a big deal if you have kids. When we first started making homemade ice pops Cedar would often forget they were reusable and toss the handles in the recycling bin or garbage can. Luckily, they were easy to spot – so we’ve lost very few handles over the years thanks to the bright colors.
- Tovolo molds are very appealing, with fun designs, thus helping to ensure your kid are on board with homemade vs. store-bought ice pops.
- All of the molds come with drip-catching handles, which makes them perfect for kids who eat their ice pops slowly.
- Homemade ice pops in general cut down on a significant amount of waste, but these molds apparently last forever, meaning you won’t need to buy other molds, thus accumulating excess packaging.
- Pops freeze well and slide easily out, assuming you’ve made a decent ice pop mixture creation.
- Groovy, star and rocket pop molds all sit sturdy in their respective bases.
- The molds have wide openings, making it easy to pour your ice pop mixtures into them.
- Dishwasher-friendly. I’ve washed mine a million times and they don’t at all look like it.
- Molds come packaged in minimal packaging material that’s all recyclable.
- VERY affordable. You can buy box after box of store-bought pops or make your own with these molds and save lots of money. Plus unlike some molds that crack, break or get ruined in the dishwasher, these last and last, thus saving you from buying other molds.
- The Tovolo Twin Pop Molds are terrible. I DO NOT recommend these molds. They look like a great idea, and so much fun, but sadly, they’re a huge fail and maybe the worst ice pop molds I’ve ever owned. Read my full review of the twin pop molds. Plus, in spite of many terrible reviews on Amazon (and here) these molds are still on the market, which is very disappointing.
- While the molds are BPA-free they’re not plastic-free, so if you’re headed in a plastic-free direction, these molds are not for you.
- Tovolo popsicle mold bases are rather large, but most are shaped well – meaning they don’t take up too much room in your freezer. However, the star pop molds, which are actually my favorite molds of all time, (because they make a perfect sized ice pop), have a totally wacky base that takes up quite a bit of usable freezer space.
- It can be hard for young kids to slide the frozen ice pops out of these molds on their own. But, I could say the same of almost all the molds I’ve tried and if you work with your kids, they can learn to use these. My son could use these molds totally on his own by the age of 6 or 7.
- I’m not sure if the molds can be recycled at the end of their lifespan. I’d hope so, but they might need to go to a special recycling place.
- These molds are too large for babies and toddlers. If you have a tiny tot, read the following: best ice pop molds for babies and toddlers.
4 out of 5 little trees.
I would have scored these lower, maybe a 3.5 because the twin pops are so terrible yet Tovolo continues to sell them to consumers, making them waste their money on useless molds.
I bumped the score up to a 4 because their molds seemingly last FOREVER (or at least 10 years so far as I know). I think these molds, for the most part are a killer deal. For around $30 bucks you can get enough molds to make 18 pops at a time for years and years, and you won’t need any other molds (other than during the baby and toddler years)
Learn more at the Tolovo website or check out the Tolovo molds I recommend via the links below.
Images via Tolovo