Everyone loves ice pops. If you don’t, you’re weird or have sensitive teeth. I’ve had this article in my head for almost a year and never got around to posting it until now. I have actually started writing it about 13 times but was holding out to find one product and could never find what I was looking for. Ice Pop molds are an awesome way to do something fun with the kids and not to mention a good way to sneak yogurt or pureed/juiced veggies into their diet without them knowing. I’m known to sneak spinach into smoothies so why not freeze them?
But what ice pop molds are BPA Free (and PVC, Phthalate, lead free etc)? Good question. I went hunting for some kind of awesome stainless steel set but came up totally empty handed. So I found a couple that pass the test as far as plastic goes. Here are my top picks:
Kinderville Ice Pop Molds: Kinderville is one of our favorite companies. They carry a bevy of great products including squeeze up ice pop molds. All their items are made with BPA, Phthalate, PVC, and everything free Silicone that is a non-leaching material so it’s safe for use in the dishwasher, microwave and the freezer. They’re cute too! Check out Kinderville’s ice pop molds and other food storage items on Kinderville’s website.
Tovolo Ice Pop Molds: Tovolo has several different styles to pick from, star shaped ice pops, bars, etc and they’re all made of Polypropylene plastic (BPA Free #5 plastic) according to the company. What I like about these is that you can do some creative ice pop making with the cool shapes. They also carry silicone ice cream sandwich molds which look like a lot of fun too. And check out these Jewel Pop Molds! How cute! What little girl wouldn’t love a jewel popsicle ring?
Orka Ice Pops: Orka makes silicone molds in a neat twisty shape and have silicone tabs for easy removal. I can’t tell you how many times I was standing there using a butter knife trying to pry an ice pop out of its mold. Makes for a mangled ice pop and is not the safest way to remove them. Silicone with its flexible nature makes for removing super easy. They come in white and brown, which, not that it matters what color they are but the brown reminds me of ice cream so these would be great for yogurt based ice pops. I love the twisted portion too.
Lekue Silicone Ice Molds: For those who prefer “push-up” style ice pop consumption there’s an alternative for you too. These silicone molds are made in a slim cone shape, which makes for easy filling and probably a little less mess for eating. You can push the ice pop up from the bottom like those old freezer ice things we ate as kids… only this way you can make your own and skip all the food coloring.
SiliconeZone Popsicle Molds: These haven’t been available on Amazon for a while but they are neat tier shaped molds made of silicone that look neat (and big!). SiliconeZone makes a ton of freezer molds if you’re into funny shaped ice cubes too. I can’t seem to find the popsicle molds for sale online but if you run over them in a kitchen store they look like a good pick. Plus I’m partial to the molds made of silicone… for one silicone is a great alternative if you’re going to use plastic and two, easy removal is key. No one wants a repeat of my butter knife incident.
There are several others I’ve found but either I couldn’t determine the materials or the company never got back to me regarding their BPA Free status so I just listed the few I knew were safer. I found one by Norpro which had a stainless steel top and plastic receptacles, which utilizes wooden sticks, which some might find desirable but I couldn’t verify the plastic and lets face it, we don’t need to be tossing wooden sticks into the trash every day do we? So I skipped it. My dream ice pop maker, which I’ve searched for endlessly for a year, would be a stainless steel style one that had that pop out mechanism (like those old fashioned ice cube trays. Stainless steel ice cube trays exist but no ice pop molds (yet…says coming soon). I thought for sure Williams Sonoma would have something like that since its kind of a cool “retro” thing but alas, I cannot find it. If anyone does, please let me know and I’ll love you forever and ever. FOUND IT! Tickle Trunk carries Stainless Steel Ice Pop Molds – Hooray!
Low Budget Ice Pop Tip: Jam a popsicle stick into a yogurt container and freeze. Healthy, quick and you can reuse the container (as long as its not polystyrene) again. I’ve also frozen those Stonyfield yogurt tubes but those create waste so I’d opt for something reusable to save yourself some cash.
Get Your Own: You can find most of these in on Amazon (check the dishware category for the ones available), but I’d also be willing to bet you could find these at kitchen specialty stores in your area too.
SafeMama’s Banana Papaya Ice Pops
2 Cups Papaya Nectar (or juice)
2 large ripe bananas
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
In a blender, mix until smooth. Pour into ice pop molds and freeze. Voila.