Before you take a look at my recommended popsicle mold options below, you may want to read the following articles:
- What is an eco-friendly homemade ice pop?
- Features to look for when buying popsicle molds
- Stocking your organic pantry with ingredients for homemade popsicles
Over the last decade+ I’ve bought and tested many different popsicle mold sets – some better than others. Below are some quick reviews of the popsicle molds that I recommend, plus one mold set I think you should avoid.
*Note, to the best of my research ability, all the molds featured at Eco Ice Pops are BPA-free.
This set of six groovy popsicle molds features handles with built-in drip guards, a sturdy base and they’re dishwasher safe. Years ago, these molds were only be available in yellow, but now you can find them in a range of pretty colors.
Groovy molds are excellent all around ice pop molds that last forever. I’ve had my Groovy molds for 10+ years and they’re in perfect shape. These molds make larger popsicles that most molds, making them great for adults and older kids, but not appropriate for younger kids or babies.
You can make all types of popsicles successfully with these molds. From chocolate to fruit to yogurt to lemonade popsicles, almost every flavor of pop I make in these molds comes out flawlessly.
Considering how long these molds last, they’re a super affordable popsicle mold option. You can easily find these molds for $10-$17 a set.
This set of six star-shaped popsicle molds is one of my favorite sets! It features handles with built-in drip guards, a sturdy base and they’re dishwasher safe.
The reason I like these molds so much is because they make perfect medium-sized pops in a cool star shape. The style and size works well with almost all popsicle recipes. There are a couple of cons to this set, such as the base is oddly shaped and takes up too much space in the freezer, plus the drip guards are less effective than some others. That said, the pros outweigh the cons by a lot.
I’ve made most types of popsicles with these molds but due to the shape, I feel like they work best with lick-friendly creamy popsicles, such as pops made with yogurt, a milk base or creamy fruit (like melon). The edges are a bit sharp when you use these molds for juicy pops like iced tea, lemonade or juicy berry.
Like the two sets above, this set of six rocket-shaped popsicle molds features handles with built-in drip guards, a sturdy base and they’re dishwasher safe.
Kids tend to be huge fans of these molds due to the fun shape, plus the size is great for toddlers and younger kids, but still sized nicely for older kids and adults. The drip guards work well and the base is sleeker than other sets, making it a good mold set if you have a smaller freezer.
Most popsicle recipes turn out well in these molds, although, creamy pops (yogurt, ice cream, etc pops) made in these molds sometimes have trouble un-molding due to the intricate shape.
Set of six popsicle molds that easily snap (or un-snap) together with a modern circle shape. The reusable handles feature a built-in drip guard and they’re dishwasher safe.
I like and use these molds often, as they un-mold well and are attractive. I also love that these molds are sized right for kids and adults of all ages. I really like how you can use these molds to make one or two pops at a time but even when you make a lot of pops, they all fit nicely in your freezer.
Unfortunately, the drip guards aren’t too great and the circle on the handle can be uncomfortable to hang on to for too long.
I’ve made all types of pops with my circle molds, and they work well with most popsicle recipes. I really like using these molds for homemade fudge pops as the molds aren’t super large large, so you get some sweetness, but not too much.
This set of four silicone ice pop molds comes with a stand designed for easy transport and easy silicone tabs that allow you to remove frozen treats from the molds. Dishwasher safe.
I love how cute these molds are, making sweet swirl pops that everyone likes. The size of the molds are great, no matter if you’re making sweet or savory pops, and most pops un-mold easily.
The cons include a weird base that can be tricky to use and the silicone tabs (meant to be an easy way to basically peel the mold off your popsicle) usually aren’t all that great. I don’t really use the tabs anymore as sometimes popsicles (especially creamy ones) break when try to pull the tab down. The best way to un-mold pops from these molds is to hold the popsicle under warm water for a minute.
This set of four adorable ice cream cone-shaped popsicle molds features handles with built-in drip guards, a sturdy base and they’re dishwasher safe.
These molds are so much fun. Everyone is impressed with popsicles that look like ice cream cones and the handles are great for big and small hands to hold onto. These can be a little tricky to un-mold, when you’re making pops, but I haven’t had too much breakage with these molds. These molds hold less popsicle mix than most other molds, so depending on how much popsicle you want to eat, that can be a pro or con.
Treat-minded pops like chocolate or ice cream are the popsicles of choice for these molds, although you can easily pull off healthier fruit and veggie pops in them as well.
Set of five (or 10) silicone push pop style molds with a “Cosmos Fastening Strap” that allows you to sort of tie the popsicles together upright so they freeze correctly. Dishwasher safe.
First off, I consider the Cosmos Fastening Strap a useless accessory. It’s an odd concept that I feel doesn’t work out too well. To use these molds, I place them upright in a thin glass cup, fill them, then stick the whole cup in the freezer.
These molds work as intended, in that you get a nice push pop out of them, but they have some cons, such as they’re tricky to fill, the lids are tiny and easy to loose. The bottom has this flat shape that popsicle mix can easily get stuck in, so you really need to rinse them as soon as you’re done eating your popsicle. Overall, push pops are fun for kids though and these are so easy to hold on to.
I’ve made all sorts of pops with these molds and they’ve all turned out fine though I feel like pure fruit and veggie popsicle recipes work the best.
Set of six popsicle molds shaped like cute boats that easily snap (or un-snap) together. The reusable handles feature a built-in drip guard and they’re dishwasher safe.
I’m not a huge fan of these molds, mainly because you’re limited by the types of popsicles you can easily make with them. Although the molds un-mold easily, the odd shape and inefficient drip guards make it hard to eat juicy pops. For example, I never make lemonade or fruit juice pops with these molds anymore. I stick to creamy bases which hold up better and drip less.
Young kids seem to have a hard time eating these sailboat shaped pops, because although the shape is fun, they have a wide, weird shape and the handle isn’t too comfortable to hang on to.
This set of four tiny popsicle molds, (shown above with the Cuisipro Snap Fit Circle Pop Mold) are perfectly shaped for the small hands of babies and toddlers. The clever design really works hard to catche drips and they’re dishwasher safe.
I personally use these molds mostly to test out new recipes, as they make tiny popsicles. If you have a baby or toddler though I highly recommend these for standard popsicle making.
The molds un-mold easily and the base is made up of four parts that click together or apart. The downside is that this set has been changing manufactures over and over the last few years. This particular brand has been mostly discontinued, though you can find it. The newer version is the Nuby Garden Fresh Fruitsicle Frozen Pop Tray, which are not single serve molds unfortunately.
Set of four (non-single serve) molds with no-drip handles. Top-rack dishwasher safe
I picked this mold set up at the store one day on a whim. But then got them home and wasn’t sure they were BPA-free. I emailed the company who makes them, WestBend, who told me they were BPA-free. At $5.00 a pop, these molds are a decent starter mold set, but not great for long-term popsicle makers.
The main con is the conjoined mold base instead of single serve capability. However, the molds are inexpensive, work well with various kinds of pops and although the handle looks annoying, it’s not. Plus, kids think the jelly bean style is fun.
Guitar-inspired ice cube maker made from pure food-grade silicone with stir stick handles that resemble the arm of a guitar.
These are a novelty set of molds, as they make tiny popsicles not suitable for day-to-day pops. They are excellent for testing out various ice pop flavors in small batches. They’re also great for tea pops that can be mixed into actual iced tea or alcohol infused pops (for adults only) for a party.
When my son, the picky eater, was younger, I’d use these to make him very small pops, just in case he didn’t like them – so there’s a perk too.
Tovolo Twin Pop Molds (not recommended!)
Set of four twin pop molds in a classic shape that looks fun, but rarely works.
I wanted to mention this set in case you come across them in your popsicle mold search, but I DO NOT recommend you buy them. These molds are so cute and classic, so I had high hopes and was very excited to try them, but they’ve caused me a lot of grief.
As you can see in the strawberry popsicle image above, I’ve made a successful batch of pops with these molds, but more often than not, my popsicles break when I use these molds. Also, the handles aren’t good. I’ve already broken one! Almost all the creamy pops I made with these molds broke – i.e. yogurt, ice cream, dairy based pops. I’ve had better luck with liquid based pops, like fruit or tea.
They’re fun, but I’d use them at your own risk. You can read my full review here: Tovolo Twin Pop Molds – worst molds ever made.
All images © Jennifer Chait