The Very Best Popsicle Molds
School is out, it’s increasingly hot and last night I attended a gathering where 8 kids coated themselves in popsicle residue. Since last week we talked about sneaking in nutrition and, as a great tie in, I thought I’d share the collection of popsicle molds I’ve been collecting for a few months. These molds are fun for kids to help make their own popsicles, but they’re also a great way to sneak in some extra whole foods into your kid’s diet. The recipes for popsicles are hardly more involved than pouring juice into a mold, but far more packed with good things like calcium, fruit and even vegetables. Uh…..okay.
These plastic multi-colored star shaped molds are fun and festive. Kids like shapes and this way you can have the shape without the high fructose corn syrup with a side of articial coloring. How novel.
Like a sandcastle mold, only much tastier, unless you enjoy eating sand. This mold is a three tiered design with a stainless steel plate which holds your wooden stick in place. Old school, no plastic handles here. I love these because you can make a three tier flavor combination. If kids like shapes, they like different flavors mixed together even more.
If you’d like your popsicles to blow your kid’s mind, try this rocket mold from Tovolo. The molded popsicle comes out looking like a rocket ship and the plastic handle resembles the blue exhaust from a speeding ship. This mold also allows you to easily remove each ice pop individually without melting ones you aren’t going to eat.
This flat rectangular ice pop mold has built in handles with small ‘sipping spouts’ so your Popsicle Connoisseur can savor the experience with less popsicle seepage down their arms. Here are some more awesome popsicle molds with sip spouts: Orka Popsicle Molds & Star ice pops popsicle maker.
Or, go low tech and use paper cups with popsicle sticks to make your homemade treats. This is how I remember doing it as a kid and it worked just fine and if, when tearing the paper outside off your popsicle you left some paper behind you just ate that too because it’s good for you. A greener idea is to use your used (but clean) yogurt container. No, not the economy size container….the individually portioned size with lid.
Now to fill your popsicle mold, I think you’ll be surprised by all the recipes for popsicle molds using fruit, yogurt, or juice.
This frozen yogurt with granola recipe is easy and a hit at my house. Martha offers a few other recipes she says won’t have your popsicles coming out of their molds like an ice cube (a big turn-off at our house). Here are some other quick ideas for delicious popsicles and here’s a recipe which claims adding gelatin makes a drip free popsicle. I’ll believe it when I see it.
PS: Here’s a popsicle recipe just for adults, I’ll take mine in a rocket mold please.
We’ve got some more great Popsicle Molds in part two of our popsicle molds roundup!