Last updated on August 20th, 2022 at 12:07 am
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. 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:
Tovolo Ice Pop Molds: Tovolo has several different styles to pick from, monster shaped ice pops, bars, etc and they’re all made of Silcone (need to check what the sticks are made of). What I like about these is that you can do some creative ice pop making with cool shapes. And check out these Dinosaur Pop Molds! How cute! What little girl wouldn’t love a jewel popsicle ring?
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.
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 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.
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