The Best Popsicle Molds

The Best Popsicle Molds

Our pick

Zoku Round Pop Molds

Zoku Round Pop Molds

Best popsicle molds

These silicone molds were the easiest to use and the spherical pops held together best in our testing. The molds work equally well for creamy and fruit-based pops, and their 3-ounce size makes them perfect for adults and kids.

Buying Options

$20 from Amazon

Despite testing 15 molds this year—10 new ones and the five picks from our 2013 review—with entirely new recipes, we found that most of our original winners still make the best pops. And for the second time, the Zoku Round Pop Molds proved leagues ahead of the rest. The Zoku set creates treats that are the right size for kids or adults, and they’re among the least messy to eat thanks to unobtrusive drip guards on the sticks. Compared with plastic molds, the unique peel-away silicone design releases pops far easier, and they’re also simpler to fill than other silicone versions. Finally, the Zoku Round Pop Molds were more durable than any of the others we tested. They work well for all types of pop—from creamy to chunky to pure juice—and retail for less than $18, making them the right choice for most households.

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Runner-up

Zoku Classic Pop Molds

Zoku Classic Pop Molds

Runner-up

Although they don’t release the pops quite as easily, these plastic oblong molds work almost as well as our main pick. The resulting pops are more prone to breaking and a little messier to eat.

Buying Options

$20 from Amazon

If our main pick sells out, we’d get the Zoku Classic Pop Mold. These are almost identical to the round version, except they’re oblong and made of plastic, rather than silicone, so they need to be run under hot water to set the pops free. These molds do have a larger footprint in the freezer, but they’ll also make six pops at once. The pop shape is slightly more prone to breaking and a little messier to eat—partially because the handles don’t come with a drip guard. But the shape makes them ideal if you like to bite into a pop. Plus, unlike the Zoku Round Pop Molds, these molds aren’t opaque. That’s useful if you tend to make more than one flavor in a batch, since you can see which flavor pop you’re grabbing more easily.

Also great

Norpro Ice Pop Maker

Norpro Ice Pop Maker

For a crowd

Sturdy and functional, these molds produce 10 pops at once. It’s much more difficult to get the pops out of the plastic molds, though, and they don’t come with reusable sticks.

Buying Options

$25 from Amazon

For serving a crowd, we like the Norpro Ice Pop Maker. You’ll get 10 pops all at once and their iconic, squarer shapes look most like the pops you’d have bought off an ice-cream truck in the ’50s. But the plastic molds need to be run under hot water (from various angles) to free the pops, and it’s tricky getting just one out at a time. The lid that sits on top of the mold can also be difficult to pry off. Still, it’s the best option for when you’re planning a party and need a lot of pops at one time. Considering how many pops you can get from it, it’s also fairly sleek, profile-wise, so you won’t have to clear out a ridiculous amount of freezer space to make room for it.

Also great

Zoku Fish Pop Molds

Zoku Fish Pop Molds

For kids

These clever under-the-sea molds make smaller-than-average pops, so they’re more manageable for little ones to actually finish. The silicone molds release easily, but they’re also easier to overfill than our main pick.

Buying Options

$23 from Amazon

If you’re looking for impressive visuals, we wholeheartedly recommend the Zoku Fish Pop Molds. The adorable aquatic figurines will delight little ones, and they looked crisp and professional regardless of the pop recipe. Like with our main pick, it’s easy to pull the fish pops from their silicone molds, each of which holds about 1.5 ounces, depending on the shape—a great size for toddlers on up to elementary-aged kids. The molds are easy to overfill, though, and it’s not always obvious which of the playfully-shaped plastic sticks corresponds to which pop (the whale body gets a whale tail, the puffer fish gets fins, etc.) But overall, these were the easiest to use of the kid-specific molds we tried. As with the other Zoku molds, this set has a fairly large freezer footprint, but they’re unmatched in terms of visuals.

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Our pick

Zoku Round Pop Molds

Zoku Round Pop Molds

Best popsicle molds

These silicone molds were the easiest to use and the spherical pops held together best in our testing. The molds work equally well for creamy and fruit-based pops, and their 3-ounce size makes them perfect for adults and kids.

Buying Options

$20 from Amazon

Runner-up

Zoku Classic Pop Molds

Zoku Classic Pop Molds

Runner-up

Although they don’t release the pops quite as easily, these plastic oblong molds work almost as well as our main pick. The resulting pops are more prone to breaking and a little messier to eat.

Buying Options

$20 from Amazon

Also great

Norpro Ice Pop Maker

Norpro Ice Pop Maker

For a crowd

Sturdy and functional, these molds produce 10 pops at once. It’s much more difficult to get the pops out of the plastic molds, though, and they don’t come with reusable sticks.

Buying Options

$25 from Amazon

Also great

Zoku Fish Pop Molds

Zoku Fish Pop Molds

For kids

These clever under-the-sea molds make smaller-than-average pops, so they’re more manageable for little ones to actually finish. The silicone molds release easily, but they’re also easier to overfill than our main pick.

Buying Options

$23 from Amazon

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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