Before you check out the non-toxic popsicle molds below, you may want to start with the benefits of homemade popsicles. After scoring some popsicle molds, take a look at 50 amazing homemade popsicle recipes.
Non-Toxic Popsicle Molds for Homemade Popsicles
If you’re going to make homemade popsicles, of course you’ll need some non-toxic popsicle molds. I’ve used TONS of ice pop mold over my life – some better than others. Following are the features I look for in a good popsicle mold.
Reusable: Anyone can make ice pops in a paper cup with a wooden stick but that’s not really eco-friendly right? You’re still creating trash. Look for dedicated popsicle molds that you can use without having to buy extra accessories (i.e. more sticks).
Non-toxic: Look for popsicle molds that are non-toxic. This usually means molds made of silicone, which is naturally chemical-free. Some plastic popsicle molds are also free from BPA and other chemicals.
Single serve: In my experience ice pop molds that offer single serving ease are WAY easier to deal with than molds that stick together. One, they’re easier for kids to get the pops from. Two, single serve molds allow you to take one pop out at a time vs. taking the entire tray out and holding it under running water. Three, they’re much easier to wash. I will occasionally use tray-type molds or ice cube trays but I like single serve molds better and so does my son.
Dishwasher-friendly: It’s a total pain to hand wash popsicle molds. Enough said.
What if you can’t find the perfect toxic-free popsicle molds?
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. Store bought ice pops are wrapped in disposable ink printed paper or plastic, while at the very least plastic molds can be used over and over again. Reusable molds will always cut down on waste and the energy used to manufacture store bought pops. One option may be to make your own popsicle molds.
The very best popsicle molds… In my opinion,Tovolo Ice Pop Molds have all the features you want in a good reusable popsicle mold and very few cons. All Tovolo popsicle molds feature single serve ice pop molds that sit steady in a matching base. You can easily remove one pop at at time after freezing. Each mold handle has a handy drip guard base that actually work pretty well. Molds are also dishwasher safe and BPA-free. My son loves the bright colors and fun shapes of these molds too.
The main con we’ve run into with Tovolo popsicle molds is that the bases are awkwardly shaped and take up a weird amount of space in your freezer while you’re freezing your pops. After freezing I always take the pops out of the molds and place then in a square container – my son just grabs them from said container. Besides the oddly designed base we do love these molds though. We’ve had a few sets for about three years now, washed them often and they’re in great shape.
- Tovolo Yellow Groovy Pop Molds – great basic molds – these are larger than most ice pop molds too, so great for older kids.
- Tovolo Green Shooting Star Pop Molds – I like these star shaped molds best – pretty!
- Tovolo Blue Rocket Pop Molds– these are my son’s favorite. He thinks the rocket shape is awesome.
Tovolo Ice-Cream Pop Molds – these are super cute molds. You can use them for creamy ice pops made with yogurt and fruit or homemade pudding. Kids will LOVE them.
Tovolo Freezer Jewel Pops – I like these, but they’re tiny, thus better for younger kids or they could be fun for a party.
ONYX – Stainless Steel Popsicle Mold – I’ve written about these before, so I won’t re-hash them here, but you can read more about these stainless steel molds in that previous post.
If you’re interested in dual flavored, multi-layered pops check out the Tovolo Red Rocket Dual Freeze Pop Molds or Tovolo Blue Star Dual Freeze Pop Molds.
Kinderville Little Bites Ice Pop Molds – these are made with BPA-free, non-leaching silicone. I think they’d work well for homemade yogurt tubes – or frozen yogurt tubes. There’s also Norpro Silicone Ice Pop Makers which are bigger than the little bites.
- Jokari Cool Cones – these clever reusable cones can be filled with homemade ice cream or slushy type pops and used like store bought push pops; but with no waste.
- Orka Ice Pop Molds – made with silicone with a drip cup to catch messes.
And just for the wee ones in your house – Annabel Karmel Fill and Freeze Puree Pops.
More cool popsicle gear to have on hand…
- Hamilton Beach 50242N WaveMaker 10-Speed Blender – a blender is very useful for making ice pops. Luckily, you can pick up an inexpensive blender anywhere. For example, the blender shown above is under $40. You can also look at garage sales. It doesn’t need to be ultra fancy – just so long as it’s strong enough to blend some crunchy stuff like frozen berries, ice or carrots it’ll work. It is useful to get a blender with an easy pour spout – it’s hard to pour mixes into ice pop molds.
- Pops!: Icy Treats for Everyone – this is an excellent book!
- Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book – you don’t just have to freeze liquids. You can also make ice cream pops. This book is a great guide and you don’t need a totally fancy ice cream maker either for many of these recipes to work.
Which ice pop molds are your favorite?