Before you can whip up homemade eco-pops, you’ll need some basic, non-toxic, BPA-free popsicle molds. Below are some of the key features I look for in a great mold.
It might surprise you to hear that not all reusable popsicle molds are in fact 100% reusable. Many popsicle molds require you to purchase sticks to use with your molds. That’s a bummer and unnecessary. Plenty of safe molds come with reusable handles, so look for those.
You’re unlikely to find any molds that are 100% free from chemicals and toxins, simply because most everything is made with some chemicals. Stainless steel might be totally ick-factor free, but there are zero stainless steel molds on the market that come with handles. Look for ice pop molds that are free from Bisphenol A (BPA), Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and phthalates.
Ice pop molds come in two flavors – attached and not attached, meaning single serve. These are the molds you want. Single serve ice pop molds are easier to use than attached because they allow you to take one pop out of the freezer at a time which means you’ll never need to hold an entire tray of pops under water. Single serve molds are also easier for kids to use on their own and they’re easier to wash.
If you have a baby or toddler, you’ll want to look for very small ice pop molds >1 to 2 ounces. If you’re buying molds for older kids or adults, go bigger (3-4 ounces). Mold size also matters if you have space constraints. If you’re working with very little freezer space, look for ice pop molds that have a small streamlined base (square or rectangle) or buy stand-alone single molds which fit in almost any freezer.
Drip guards on molds vary a lot. Look for a wide bottom handle base/drip guard. Skinny or flat handle bottoms do not help prevent sticky drips.
It’s a pain to hand wash ice pop molds by hand, so always look for molds you can safely pop into the dishwasher.
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