Sometimes, in spite of your best ice pop intentions, this happens…
This takes all the fun out of popsicles. Luckily, I’m nothing if not helpful when it comes to ice pop issues.
If your ice pops won’t come out of their molds or they break in half when you’re trying to take them out, usually the problem is due to one of the issues below…
- Your molds suck, especially where handles are concerned. Skinny, weak or easily breakable handles make it tough to get ice pops out. Get the best molds you can!
- You’re using wooden sticks as handles, meaning, you’ve got nothing substantial to grab onto as you remove the pop 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 they’ll break when you try to pull them out.
- Your popsicle mixture is messed up. Some mixtures are more icy, less smooth and stick harder inside a mold. 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.
NOTE: Sometimes, no matter what you do, an ice pop won’t come out of a mold nicely or breaks. It happens to the best of us, even me as you can see in the image above, and I’ve been doing this ice pop thing for years.
Tips and tricks for removing sticky, tricky ice pops from the mold…
- Make sure your pops are 100% frozen before trying to remove them from the molds. There’s almost no such thing as a pop that freezes entirely in under 4 hours, so use the four hour threshold just to be safe.
- Hold your mold under warm running water for a minute. Allow the warm water to hit the top and bottom of the mold, not just the middle. Your goal is to loosen the ends of the ice pop, not melt the middle of the pop, which will cause breakage.
- Look for ice pop molds that have a decent handle, and if possible an easy to grip lower section. For example, Tovolo Groovy Ice Pop Molds (shown above) have awesome heavy duty handles – perfect for gripping and getting ice pops out.
- Buy single serve molds. The main reason I LOVE single serve molds is because they seriously prevents breakage. If you continually hold an entire tray of ice pops under water, the pops unfreeze then refreeze which can make the ice pop more icy or airy in places, thus resulting in more sticking and breaking issues.
- Buy soft silicone molds, such as the ice pop molds (shown above). These molds are single serve AND which have a tab that allows you to peel away the pop cover a bit easier. NOTE: I’ve had issues with these molds when it comes to creamy pops, but the silicone peels away like a dream for fruit and veggie pops.
- Be sure your ice pops have the right amount of sweetener vs. liquid. Too much or too little of either may result in an easy-to-break pop.
- 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 molds. Push pop style molds don’t require you remove the popsicle at all. You simply push it up and lick (or chomp) as you go.
Images © Jennifer Chait