The 10 Best Popsicle Molds
10. Prepworks by Progressive
9. Mirenlife Silicone
8. Norpro Ice Pop Maker
7. Blue Rocket
6. Sunsella Bright
5. Mastrad Colorful
4. Kitchen Paradise Green
3. Onyx Stainless Steel
2. Lebice Ice Pop Maker
1. Zoku Classic
Why You Should Make Your Own Popsicles
Take a quick stroll down the frozen aisles at the grocery store and you'll find dozens of popsicle brands, which may lead you to think, "Why should I spend time making my own frozen treats?" Furthermore, many of those boxed varieties claim to be healthy. But here's the problem: no matter how good you are at understanding the complicated nutrition labels on packaged foods, the FDA allows up to a 20 percent error in the numbers on those labels. Twenty percent is a pretty large margin of error — too large in our opinion. If you regularly, accidentally ate 20 percent more sugar, fat, sodium, and calories than you thought you were consuming, your health would take a major hit. When you make popsicles at home, know exactly what you're getting. If you measure out all of the ingredients yourself and take note of the amount of sugar, fat, etc., then you never have to wonder if the tasty treat you are about to enjoy is really healthy or not.
Did you know that children are getting around 16 percent of their calories from added sugar? It seems companies add sugar to everything these days. But on a hot day, who are you to deprive your kid of a popsicle? If you make your popsicles at home, you can be sure to use purely freshly-squeezed juice, freshly chopped fruit, and plain yogurt. When it's really hot out, kids might slurp down several popsicles a day, so having the power to control how much sugar goes into these is crucial. Plus, you won't add food dye or other odd, potentially harmful chemicals to your batch of popsicles.
Making popsicles at home is also a great way to spend time with your child, and help him appreciate the work that goes into every item of food he consumes. If you buy boxed popsicles, your kid might grab one when he only sort of feels like eating it and throw half of it in the trashcan. But if your child was part of the process of cutting the fruit, blending the ingredients, and pouring the final product into the mold, he'll think twice about wasting a popsicle — he knows he'll have to do a lot of work if he wants any more.
Simple And Delicious Homemade Popsicle Recipes
One of the many great things about making your own popsicles is that you aren't limited to the flavors at the grocery store. You can create your own flavor combinations right in your kitchen. If your child can tolerate dairy, try making a Greek yogurt-based popsicle. Getting enough calcium early in life can prevent osteoporosis later. Of course, sometimes your child just won't finish his yogurt or cereal. But he'll happily eat a popsicle made from Greek yogurt, honey, fresh strawberries, and buttermilk. Just throw those ingredients into your blender and pour them into your molds for a protein- and calcium-packed snack.
For a truly hydrating treat, try this: blend chopped cucumbers, mint leaves, honey, and lime juice. This makes for a really unique flavor profile that's cooling and refreshing. It's also very low in sugar, so you'll feel great about giving it to your child, or having one yourself. While we're on the topic of green popsicles, here is a great way to sneak more veggies into your child's diet, without him even noticing. Blend grapes, kale, and apple juice together for a deliciously healthy popsicle. You probably never thought you'd find a way to get your child to eat kale, did you?
If you like to get a little adventurous with your recipes, you'll love these. Blend peach nectar with brown sugar, heavy cream, grated fresh ginger, and a pinch of salt for a popsicle that's sweet, creamy, and zesty. If you or your child have a stomach ache, the ginger in this recipe could even alleviate the pain. For a Latin twist, you can make horchata popsicles with rice milk, ground cinnamon, heavy cream, sugar, and salt. You can swap out the rice milk for almond if you have rice sensitivities. For a classic summer popsicle, combine lime juice, watermelon, sugar, and a little bit of salt in a blender.
What To Look For In A Popsicle Mold
There are a lot of popsicle molds to choose from, so just think about how you'll be using them. If you're making popsicles for impatient children, look for a mold with an aluminum lid that speeds up the freezing process. Sometimes, your little ones just can't wait overnight for their frozen treats. For those times you need to make enough cold creations for a whole pool party, make sure your mold can hold a lot of popsicles. You'll also want to make sure the design makes it easy to pop your treats out when they're ready, so you aren't left having to pry them out with a knife. Look for BPA-free materials, and molds that are safe to put in the dishwasher to make your life a little easier.
If you are throwing a themed birthday party, or just want to add a touch of whimsy to your child's everyday treats, consider purchasing a popsicle mold that comes in a fun shape. You can find options capable of creating popsicles that look like animals, spaceships, ice cream cones, and a range of other items. For a mess-free experience, consider choosing a model that comes with a hand guard or makes push-pop style popsicles.
If you're going to buy molds in which you must insert your own popsicle sticks, just make sure they hold your sticks firmly in place. You don't want to pull out your finished product to find that your stick is at an angle — picky children certainly won't like that. If your mold comes with built-in handles, make sure they're made from some anti-slip material. These can become quite slippery when your popsicle starts to melt. You should also look for a leak-proof design, so you don't find a mess of splattered juice when you open your freezer.