This question is part of the Organic Homemade Popsicle Q&A series.
Sometimes ice pops just won’t come out of their molds, or they break in half when you’re taking them out, which makes the whole popsicle experience far less fun then it should be. Usually the problem is due to one of the issues below…
- Your molds suck, especially where handles are concerned. Skinny, weak or breakable handles make it tough to get ice pops out.
- You’re using wooden sticks as handles, meaning, you’ve got nothing to grab onto or the stick can’t support the weight of the ice pop you just made.
- You didn’t stick the handle in far enough.
- The ice pops aren’t fully frozen, thus breaking off when you try to pull them out.
- Your popsicle mixture is funky. Some mixtures are more icy, less smooth and stick harder. For example, a sugar-free ice pop or a pure liquid pop, say made with weak juice concentrate, may stick in a mold more frequently than a yogurt pop.
Tips and tricks for removing popsicles from their molds…
- Hold your mold under warm running water for a minute. Be sure to let the warm water hit the top and bottom of the mold, not just the middle. Your goal is to loosen the ends, not melt the middle of the pop.
- Look for ice pop molds that have a decent handle, and if possible an easy to grip lower section. For example, Tovolo Green Groovy Ice Pop Molds (shown above) have a nice grip-ready bottom and heavy duty handles – perfect for getting ice pops out.
- Buy single serve molds – if you keep having to hold an entire tray of ice pops under water, the pops unfreeze then refreeze which can make the ice pop more icy in places, thus resulting in more sticking issues.
- Buy soft silicone molds, such as Orka Ice Pop Molds (shown above), which have a tab that allows you to peel away the mold easily.
- Be sure your ice pops have the right amount of sweetener vs. liquid.
- When adding fruit (or veggies or grains) to ice pops, chop the pieces into small, not HUGE chunks. Larger food chunks get in the way of the liquid part freezing around the handle properly, which can result in breakage.
- Don’t want to deal with ice pop mold shenanigans at all? Buy some push-pop style molds like Kinderville Little Bites Ice Pop Molds or Norpro Silicone Ice Pop Maker Set (shown above), both of which do not require you remove the popsicle at all. You simply push it up and lick (or chomp) as you go.