Updated summer 2013 edition!
Each summer I release a BPA-free popsicle mold guide for green families. Why? Because homemade ice pops rock. They save resources, save you money and are fun besides. If you’re new to homemade ice pops start with the following posts, then check out the popsicle molds below.
- Benefits of homemade popsicles
- How to choose popsicle molds
- Making your own homemade popsicle molds
- Organic homemade ice pop Q&A
- Need recipes? See 100 homemade ice pop recipes or 50 homemade yogurt pop recipes
What’s new in 2013? This year I’ve added a quick run-down of many of the BPA-free molds I own so you can make some informed purchasing decisions. As always, this year’s list only features molds that are *BPA-free.
My favorite popsicle molds
Over the years I’ve collected quite a few ice pop molds. Why yes, I am a little ice pop obsessed. Following are nine BPA-free ice pop mold sets I personally own, along with a quick review of each.
1. Tovolo Groovy Ice Pop Molds, Star Pop Molds and Rocket Pop Molds: These are hands down my favorite ice pop molds of all time. They work great, last forever and work well for just about any homemade ice pop you can dream up. Read my full review.
2. Orka Ice Pop Molds: These molds are decent. They hold about 3 ounces of ice pop and are super adorable. They work well for ice cream pops or other decadent pops that should be smaller than healthy pops. My main issue with them is that the silicone cover is hard to get off. It’s not a deal-breaker, but it’s not as easy as the company claims it is. Tip: using a little warm water helps.
3. Freshfoods Fill & Freeze Pops: My son Cedar won’t eat a large sweet ice pop (small appetite) so I got these ice pop molds for when I make pudding or other sweet pops that I know he’ll want just a taste of. Pops slide right out of these molds and if you have a baby or toddler they’re just about the best creation ever. They’re also excellent if you want to try a new ice pop recipe without making a bunch of large pops.
4. Cosmos Ice Pop Maker Molds Set: Cedar was obsessed with trying homemade push pops, so I got a set of these. These work pretty well, although it can hard to push a super frozen pop up and out of the mold. You should let it sit a bit before handing it over to your child. I like using these for yogurt pops, though they work well for fruit and other pops too. There are two downsides: one is you need to have something to set these upright in while they freeze and two the lids are a little hard to get on.
5. Cuisipro Snap Fit Circle Pop Molds: I LOVE the shape of these molds, but they’re not perfect. For one thing, after just one week of use, one of the handles broke while my friend was pulling out an ice pop. He had to scoop the ice pop out with a knife and there’s apparently no way to fix it, other than glue, which I’m not crazy about using on a food item. Secondly, the handle has a totally useless drip catcher. Sure it catches drips, but if you turn the pop to lick it, the juice flies out of the drip catcher all over you. That said I ONLY recommend you use these molds for pops that don’t drip, for example yogurt pops, chocolate pops or ice cream pops. DO NOT use these molds for juice, tea or other liquid pops unless you enjoy getting messy. Basically these molds are okay if you already have another, better set of molds for liquid pops.
6. Tovolo Ice Cream Pop Molds: These molds are so hyper cute and work amazingly well. I’ve used them for juice pops, yogurt pops and all pops in-between. They impress kids to death because they’re so adorable. A major perk is that they have really nice flat bottoms that stand up in the freezer once frozen and a nice small base that takes up almost zero space. We LOVE these molds.
7. Cuisipro Snap Fit Sailboat Pop Molds: These are good basic molds that work well. They also have a better drip catcher than the other Cuisipro molds we own (the circle ones). Nothing remarkable here, but also I haven’t had any problems with them yet.
8. Fred Cool Jazz Ice Cube Tray: These are very cute when you need tiny ice pops. I tend to use them when I have a little extra ice pop mix that won’t fit in a real mold. Pops slide right out of the mold base and though the handles look odd and flimsy, they really do work well. Little kids love the shape and these offer a great option for a tiny ice pop snack.
Although I own a ton of ice pop molds, there are plenty of other BPA-free molds on the market. Following are some of the many ice pop molds you can choose from for summer 2013.
Stainless steel ice pop molds
I only know of two stainless steel popsicle mold options: Onyx Stainless Steel Popsicle Molds and the Freezycup Stainless Steel Individual Ice Pop Mold. I’ve used neither because for one thing, they’re both very expensive and also you have to use your own sticks, something I don’t consider very eco-friendly over time. That said, if you’re a plastic-free home one of these will be your best bet. Stainless steel is extremely safe and non-toxic.
One thing I’ll say is that I’ve read some odd reviews of the Onyx molds. Some reviews I read said there can be steel shavings in your pops (yikes) so really do some research before you buy.
BPA-free plastic & silicone popsicle molds
The Zoku slow molds sets come in three styles and all are BPA and phthalate free :
Norpro Frost Pop Maker: I love how these new frosty pop makers are so sleek. They have a slim and elegant 2 ounce pop design that takes up less freezer space.
Norpro Ice Pop Maker: The bad news – no handles and not single serve, but decent.
Tovolo Bug Pop Molds: I’ve heard mixed reviews of these, so read around before you buy.
Progressive International Freezer Pop Maker: Like the Norpro molds above, but features a stainless steel lid. You still need sticks though.
Cuisipro Snap Fit Rocket or Robot Pop Molds: These are like my sail ship molds, but with different designs, so I’m guessing they work well.
Danesco Silicon Ice Pop Molds: Features built-in sipping spouts and drip guards for no-mess fun.
Push pop molds
Silikomart Silicone Pratika Collection Ice Cream/Pop Mold Set: These have the most unique shape of any push pop mold I’ve seen.
Norpro Silicone Ice Pop Maker Set: Good basic push pop set.
Licketypops – Stick Out Your Tongue and Say Mmmm!: The clever design will please kids.
Unique & fun popsicle molds
Prepara Volcano Pop Set: These unique molds allow you to fill the pop with another flavor and the small size fits in the freezer well.
Bunny Pops Molds: So funny, though a little weird in my opinion. I bet kids would love these molds.
Lollypop Stick Men Novelty Popsicle Molds: I think these are super cute, and though the sticks look disposable, they are reusable.
Frosty Friends Novelty Ice Pop Molds with Google Eyes: Crazy molds for your own crazy kid.
Star Wars Glowing Lightsaber Ice Pop Maker: Perfect for kids who have the force on their side. Or maybe a bit of the dark-side.
Popsicle molds for babies & toddlers
Kidco Healthy Snack Frozen Treat Trays: These tiny molds hold 2 ounces each so they’re perfect for the younger set.
Kinderville Little Bites Ice Pop Molds: These push popmolds are tiny, so good for young children, plus have a fluted rim so residual liquid goes back into the mold.
Fun novelty popsicle molds
Tovolo Freezer Jewel Pop Molds: These are small and likely only good for a party.
Fred Ice Princess Star-Shaped Ice Cube Tray with Straws: Perfectly sweet for a princess party.
Top popsicle recipe books
There aren’t too many good ice pop books around, but owning one or two nice popsicle recipe books is helpful. Sure you can look up popsicle recipes online, but books are much nicer for kids to browse. Your little one can look at the pictures and bookmark flavors they’d like to try.
I can personally recommend Ice Pop Joy, Paletas, and Pops! – all three of these are good ones to own in my opinion. You may like one of the other books I’ve posted though. The list below offers ideas for making regular fruit and veggie pops as well as yogurt and ice cream pops.
*IMPORTANT: One thing to remember is that not all of these books are based on organic ingredients. However, I suggest you do make organic popsicles whenever possible, so be sure to switch out ingredients in the books.
*If a mold is featured on this list it is BPA-free to the best of my knowledge. If I’m not sure about a mold set, I always call the manufacturer and then I only include molds if the manufacturer gets back to me and assures me that the molds are safe and BPA-free. Of course as I always say, it’s smart to research molds (and other green products) on your own as well.