Summer 2013 edition!
If you’re looking for BPA-free ice pop molds, you’ve come to the right place. If you’re new to homemade ice pops, take a look at some of the features you should be looking for when you buy popsicle molds.
Ice Pop Molds I Own
Over the years I’ve collected many ice pop mold sets. Following are some of the *BPA-free ice pop mold sets I personally own, along with a super quick review of each.
1. Tovolo Groovy Ice Pop Molds, Star Pop Molds and Rocket Pop Molds: These are my favorite ice pop molds of all time. They work great, last forever and adapt well to pretty much any homemade ice pop you can dream up. Read my full Tovolo review.
2. Orka Ice Pop Molds: These molds are okay. We love how they look (swirl-pops are pretty) but they’re not super easy to use. The silicone mold part is supposed to easily peel off via the tab, but they don’t. The pops come out, but they come out like with other molds – after holding the pop under warm water. These molds work well for ice cream pops or other decadent pops that should be smaller than healthy pops.
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 really well, but it can be hard to get your pop started. These are great for yogurt pops, though we’ve used them successfully for fruit pops too. One downside is you have to set them upright in something (we use a glass cup) as they freeze because there’s no base. Also, the lids are a little hard to get on. Oh, one other thing – rinse them out right after you use them. The very tiny, somewhat pointed end of the mold gets juice easily stuck in it.
5. Cuisipro Snap Fit Circle Pop Molds: I LOVE the shape of these molds, and my household feels like they’re the perfect size for just about all ice pops. They’ve had a few issues, like after just one week of use, one of the handles broke while my friend was pulling out an ice pop. Secondly, the handle has a mostly useless drip catcher. If you turn the pop at all, juice comes flying out of the base. They’re still usable though and due to the perfect shape, we’re buying a second set.
6. Tovolo Ice Cream Pop Molds: These molds are adorable and work great for ice cream pops, chocolate covered pops, fruit pops and more. Kids LOVE the ice cream shape and these molds have perfect wide flat base bottoms that stand up in the freezer once frozen or even while freezing. We LOVE these molds and highly recommend them. Note that they only hold 2 ounces though. If you’ve got hungry for pop kids, they’re a little small.
7. Cuisipro Snap Fit Sailboat Pop Molds: These are okay molds. I likely would not recommend them over other molds because they have a drip catcher that doesn’t seem to work and an odd, really wide shape. Overall though, they’re not the worst molds I’ve used.
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.
Beyond the molds above, 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 can’t comment on either set as I haven’t used them. I’m not willing to spring that much money on molds, plus, 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 Ice Pop Molds
Norpro Frost Pop Maker: I love how these new frosty pop makers are so sleek and modern. The slim and elegant 2 ounce pop design takes up less freezer space and looks great to boot.
Norpro Ice Pop Maker: No handles and not single serve, but decent molds with a nice classic popsicle shape.
Tovolo Bug Pop Molds: I’ve heard mixed reviews of these, so read around before you buy a set. The main complaint I’ve heard is that the handles are too skinny for the pop and younger kids have a hard time with them.
Progressive International Freezer Pop Maker: These molds are like the Norpro molds above, but feature a stainless steel lid, thus allowing you to eliminate more plastic. You still need sticks though, so that’s a deal-breaker for me.
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 okay. To me, the robot mold looks too wide and maybe tough for a young kid to handle.
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 beautiful and unique shape of any push pop mold I’ve ever 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 and let them really stick out their tongue without being rude.
Insanely Unique Ice Pop 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: I honestly find these a little weird but 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 eye molds for your own crazy kid.
Star Wars Glowing Lightsaber Ice Pop Maker: The perfect gift for the Star Wars fan who owns everything or if your kiddos happen to have the force on their side. Or maybe a bit of the dark-side.
Best Ice Pop 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.
*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.