When the weather is warm, there’s no better way to cool off than with an ice-cold popsicle. And if you have a popsicle mold at your disposal, you don’t have to make a trip to the store or wait for the ice cream man to drive down your street.
The best popsicle molds, which are typically made of silicone or plastic sleeves in various shapes and sizes, make it easy to whip up a batch of homemade treats from whatever you have in your refrigerator. Think fruit, honey, yogurt, and even ingredients like granola. As an added bonus, making popsicles is a fun activity for the kids, plus a great way to teach them all about making their favorite snacks at home.
Zoku Classic Pop Molds
Sticks have drip guards
Comes with protective sleeves
Shape doesn’t fit comfortably in all freezers
This popsicle mold earns top honors for being functional and convenient. With six slots, you’ll be able to make enough ice pops for the average family, but you won’t wind up with a ton of excess or a mold that’s too bulky to fit in your freezer.
We also love that the popsicle molds are made of silicone rather than plastic. These are both BPA-free and phthalate-free, ensuring these molds are food-safe. Silicone has another big bonus, too: Rather than submerging the mold in hot water, you can simply peel back the silicone to release your frozen treats. There’s no mess and no fuss involved, making it the perfect accessory for a fun family baking activity. Each of the six classically shaped molds holds 3 fluid ounces, making each treat comparable to what you’d find in the grocery store. Each stick has drip guards, too—another family-friendly bonus.
Price at time of publish: $15
Material: Polypropylene | Number of Pops: 6 | Pop Size: 3.1 ounces each
Ikea CHOSIGT Ice pop maker
Too bulky for some freezers
When it comes to budget home accessories, what doesn’t IKEA have? Like most everything else the Swedish company makes, its ice pop maker works great and comes at a price that can’t be beaten. Is the mold rather basic? Yes—but it functions just as well as pricier options and comes in fun, vibrant colors.
Six classically shaped popsicle molds sit upright in a stand for easy filling and freezing. Simply pour in your liquid—whether it's a unique ice cream creation or your leftover smoothie—place the sticks inside, then let them freeze. Because the stand has four sturdy feet, it sits comfortably in most freezers and won’t tip over during the freezing process.
Despite the rock-bottom price, there’s no need to worry about chemicals—the set is entirely BPA-free.
Price at time of publish: $3
Material: Polypropylene | Number of Pops: Six | Pop Size: Unspecified
Best for Toddlers
Nuby Garden Fresh Fruitsicle Tray
Easy for kids to handle
Only makes four popsicles
Pure fruit popsicles are undoubtedly one of the best snacks for babies and toddlers, but the classic variety can be top-heavy, making them difficult for little hands to hold onto. That’s where this clever mold comes in. It's short and squat and creates four mini popsicles (each one holds just 1 ounce of liquid!) that are perfectly shaped for the tiniest set. What’s more, a looped handle makes the snack easier to grip, so babies as young as 6 months can enjoy a frozen treat (great for soothing the sore gums of teethers!).
Besides the impressive functionality, parents will also love the fact that each stick also has a wide popsicle-holder base that catches drips as the popsicle melts for a mess-free experience. Though plastic, the mold is entirely BPA-free.
Price at time of publish: $10
Material: Plastic | Number of Pops: 4 | Pop Size: 1 ounce each
“Smaller is better, because I have little kids and they don’t typically eat a whole popsicle. So if it’s smaller, it’s easier for them to finish and less waste.” — Lisa Stelly, founder of Fancy Sprinkles
Tovolo Dino Ice Pop Molds
Fun for kids
Sturdy standup design
Only makes four at a time
Can be too bulky for some freezers
If there’s one thing every parent knows, it’s that sometimes kids are more likely to try new foods—like healthy smoothie pops—if they’re shaped like something fun. With this popsicle mold, you can make four dino-shaped pops sure to please your tots.
And, because every parent also wants convenience, you’ll delight in the fact that this mold is fully reusable (no buying extra sticks!) and completely dishwasher-safe, so all you have to do is pop it in the machine. If there’s any drawback, it’s that the stand can be a bit bulky for smaller freezers. The tradeoff: It’s nice and sturdy, so it won’t tip if you do have the space.
Price at time of publish: $13
Material: Silicone and plastic | Number of Pops: 4 | Pop Size: 2.64 ounces each
Onyx POP004 Stainless Steel Popsicle Mold
Safe and durable material
Removal can be more difficult
If you’re hesitant to use plastic or silicone (even if it is made of BPA-free material), a metal popsicle mold is a great option. This six-cavity option is worthy of the task. This is crafted from 18/8 stainless steel, which is not only food-safe but also extremely durable and long-lasting. It also comes with a stand for storage, lids for each pop, 12 removable silicone rings to prevent spills, and a set of reusable bamboo sticks.
If there’s any downside to using a metal mold like this one it’s that removal can be a little more complicated. It’s an easy fix, though—simply run the mold under warm water until things loosen up.
Price at time of publish: $34
Material: Stainless Steel | Number of Pops: 6 | Pop Size: 3+ ounces each
Best for Groups
Frozip Disposable Ice Popsicle Mold Bags
Makes 125 popsicles
No bulky mold to store
When you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or planning a birthday party, an ice pop mold that only makes a few treats simply won’t do. Increase your efficiency by using sleeve molds instead. This set of 125 makes it a cinch to make enough for a crowd in just about the same amount of time as other conventional popsicle molds. They’re just as easy to use, too—simply fill using the included funnel, zip closed, and freeze.
If there’s any downside, it’s that these are really single-use items. But at the price point, disposing of each popsicle sleeve after use is still more cost-effective than buying a ton of store-bought pops.
Price at time of publish: $10
Material: Plastic | Number of Pops: 125 | Pop Size: Unspecified
Lékué Stackable Popsicle Molds
Only comes with four molds
Not all freezers can easily accommodate popsicle molds—even small ones that make just two or four treats—because they tend to be a bit bulky. But this flat mold is a great option for anyone since it doesn’t take up a ton of vertical space and the quantity isn’t set in stone—make just one if that’s all you have room for.
The kit comes with everything you need to get started on your first popsicles, including reusable plastic sticks. There’s no need to labor over cleaning, either, since you can stick the mold in the dishwasher when you’re done.
Price at time of publish: $24
Material: Silicone | Number of Pops: 4 | Pop Size: Unspecified
Best with Sticks
PopsicleLab Popsicle Molds Set
Makes 10 pops
To make a treat that’s as close to what you’d find in a supermarket—the classic shape on a wooden popsicle stick—try this BPA-free silicone mold.
The set contains everything you need to get started—a 10-cavity mold, 50 food-grade popsicle sticks, 50 popsicle bags for storage, and a silicone funnel for easy filling—so you don’t have to shop around. The mold even has a lid with holes for the popsicle sticks to keep everything clean and in place while the liquid freezes into ice pops. Perhaps best of all, this popsicle mold is extremely easy to clean—even the nooks and crannies—since you can safely pop it right in the dishwasher.
Price at time of publish: $25
Material: Silicone | Number of Pops: 10 | Pop Size: 3.4 ounces each
The best overall popsicle mold is the Zoku Classic Pop Mold, which is a classically shaped ice pop maker that allows you to whip up six 3-ounce treats at a time. The mold comes with everything you need, including sticks with drip guards and storage sleeves. Looking for a non-plastic option? Try the Onyx Stainless Steel Popsicle Mold.
What to Look for in a Popsicle Mold
Popsicle molds, like ice trays, come in a myriad of styles, shapes, and materials, although they're typically made of rigid plastic or silicone. While plastic molds have been around for a long time, it’s easy to see why silicone has become so popular. Unlike the former, which often requires some wiggling or hot water to free the popsicle from the mold, flexible silicone can be pushed or peeled away. Metal popsicle molds can also be purchased, but they tend to be more expensive and bulky.
In addition to actual molds, you can also buy silicone and soft plastic tubes that, once filled and frozen, can be pushed or squeezed out. These are sometimes single-use in the case of the plastic molds (like single-use food storage bags) and don’t require sticks.
Most popsicle molds will hold between 2 to 4 ounces of liquid, though there isn’t necessarily a standard size. Popsicle molds designed for toddlers can be even smaller—around 1 ounce. This can be tricky if you’re using a recipe to whip up popsicles, but the excess can be stored in a fridge if your yield doesn’t line up to the number and size of your molds.
Most popsicle molds, no matter the material, consist of a single piece and individual sticks or handles. Since it has to be stored upright, the height of the tray might be a consideration for smaller fridges. For more flexibility, some plastic molds mimic this shape, but with removable molds for each popsicle. Individual push pop-style molds, while they don’t come with a tray, often need to be frozen standing up in a freezer-safe cup or mold to prevent drips. If space is a concern, you can also find trays that allow the popsicle to sit on its side as it freezes.
Many popsicle molds resemble the shape of a popsicle you’d get from an ice cream truck: a tall, slightly curved rectangle. But these days, the only limit is your imagination. Molds can be shorter and squatter (great for small freezers), mini for toddlers, and even shaped like monsters, fish, and more.
While store-bought popsicles come with disposable sticks, you have some flexibility when it comes to popsicle molds. Most come with plastic reusable handles that slot into the mold. This has two benefits: You’ll never have to worry about having popsicle sticks on hand and you won’t have to use any single-use products. Some come with drip guards to help keep hands clean. Others may even be ergonomically designed for a comfortable grip. They won't have a long, narrow end that could poke the back of a toddler’s throat, either.
Single-use popsicle sticks, however, have certain advantages, too. Namely, you don’t have to worry about collecting plastic handles or keeping a set together. Plus, they have a nostalgic appeal.
You can expect to pay between $10 and $20 for a popsicle mold, making it a purchase that won’t require constant use for justification.
Types of Popsicle Molds
Plastic molds tend to be a classic popsicle shape and typically come with reusable plastic handles. Lightweight and usually easy to clean in the dishwasher, the main disadvantage of plastic molds is that they often have to be run under water to loosen the popsicles.
The biggest advantage silicone offers is the ability to quickly and easily remove a popsicle from the mold. Because the mold itself is flexible, silicone popsicles also come in an array of shapes and sizes.
Fla-Vor-Ice, Otter Pops, push pops—whatever you called them, they offered a delicious, mess-free break in the summer. Now, you can make them at home, choosing your own ingredients and flavors. These molds tend to either be single-use plastic, resembling a very narrow food storage bag, or reusable silicone.
Kitchen brand Zoku’s motto is “live creatively.” Its range of products includes food containers, drinkware, and quite a few fun items in the "frozen treat" category. The line of popsicle molds includes cheerful characters and critters, all thanks to soft silicone.
Nuby's "garden fresh" line is for parents who want to make baby food at home and includes both freezer trays and storage containers. Even if you’re not whipping up mashed peas and carrots, the frozen pop tray is great for pure fruit blends and juices for teething babies.
Zipzicle was started by a family who wanted an all-natural alternative to commercial ice pops. Its sturdy pouches, made from FDA-approved food-safe material, are designed to make mess-free popsicles on the go—sans sticks.
How do you get a popsicle out of a mold?
It’s surprisingly easy to get a popsicle out of a mold, especially if you’re using a food-safe silicone mold. These molds simply peel back slightly, allowing you to easily wiggle the frozen treat free. For plastic or metal molds (or any silicone options giving you trouble), run the mold under warm—not hot—water until the ice pop begins to loosen. Pull gently to release.
What can you put in a popsicle mold?
When making homemade ice pops, the sky’s the limit. You can use fruit juice, vegetable juice, yogurt, milk, leftover smoothie, or even wine as your base. Options for add-ons are just as vast. Think chocolate shavings, granola, chunks of fruit, sprinkles, and more.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
This article was written by Brigitt Earley, a freelance writer who has spent the last 10-plus years researching the best kitchen accessories for various digital publications, including The Spruce and Good Housekeeping. From popsicle molds to blenders, she’s covered it all. Brigitt also has a culinary degree from The French Culinary Institute.
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