Best ice lolly moulds for summer
Want to create homemade ice lollies to stash in your freezer for hot days? A good mould will help you make your own fruity frozen treats with ease. Discover our best buys below.
From toddlers to their parents, everyone loves an ice lolly in summer. Whether made from fruit juice, yogurt or flavoured water, they’re an easy way to cool down on hot days, and possibly even get one of your five-a-day, if enough fruit is involved. Kids also love to help make homemade ice lollies.
But, if the moulds you use are fiddly to fill, take up too much space in the freezer, or are difficult to clean or store, making your own ice lollies at home might not be as easy as you'd think.
So, we’ve taken matters into our own hands, testing a huge variety of ice lolly moulds to find the ones that tick the most boxes, and are the best choices to help you keep your cool this summer.
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Best ice lolly moulds at a glance
- Best all-round ice lolly mould: Eddingtons Fab Lolly ice lolly mould, £8.88
- Best basic ice lolly mould: ProCook lolly moulds, £5
- Best ice lolly mould for young children: Bonnie the Bunny ice lolly mould, £4.95
- Best ice lolly mould for avoiding drips: Eddingtons Sippy ice lolly moulds, £8.94
- Best ice lolly mould for teething: Nȗby Fruitsicles ice pop tray, £5.25
- Best ice lolly mould for small freezers: Lékué Kit stackable popsicles, £14.90
- Best novelty ice lolly moulds: Eddingtons rocket ice lolly moulds, £8.93
Best ice lolly moulds to buy 2023
Eddingtons Fab Lolly ice lolly mould
Best all-round mould
- Individual moulds are removable for easy storage
- Robust handles
- No sipping spout or fill line
Star rating: 4.5/5
Eddingtons is the undisputed lolly mould expert, with a dazzling range on offer. But our favourite is this set of six moulds – it grabs the top spot because of how easy it is to use. A sturdy tray holds the individual moulds firmly upright while freezing, after which they can be removed and stored loose.
They also come in a pretty pastel box for storage when not in use. One downside, though, is that the mould is quite big when fully assembled, requiring a tall freezer drawer.
The handles are rounded, so they're not ideal for gripping, but they’re fairly robust. The classic rounded lolly shape makes the finished product easy to eat. The drip guard is generous, preventing spills, but could do with a spout to help polish off every drop.
Releasing the lollies from each 100ml-capacity mould is simple, as you can run them under the tap individually, and the plastic is BPA-free. Overall, these came top for a clever design that caters for both adults and children.
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ProCook lolly moulds
Best basic lolly mould
- Available from ProCook (£6)
- Easy-to-grip handles
- Too tall for small freezer drawers
- Tricky to release
Star rating: 4/5
This no-nonsense mould might not have the visual impact of some of the more colourful options, but it gets the job done without any fuss.
Flat handles with rubber grips mean the four lollies you can make in this mould are a lot easier to handle than some of those made in other moulds, and the lollies themselves are a classic rounded shape that’s simple to eat.
The mould has a 100ml capacity, and a fill line helps ensure there are no spills. Once unmoulded, the drip guard prevents mess, and includes a spout so you can drink any melted juice. Made from BPA-free plastic, the mould is also dishwasher-safe, making for easy cleaning.
Small niggles include the height of the tray, which will only fit in a tall freezer drawer (lollies can’t be stored individually), and thick plastic, which means removing the lollies from the moulds can take a while, despite the presence of tabs designed for easy release. Overall, this is a reliable, no-frills option.
Bonnie the Bunny ice lolly mould
Best ice lolly mould for young children
- Sturdy handles
- Modest volume
- Plain shape
Star rating: 4.5/5
This attractive pastel mould makes six 50ml lollies with bunny-ear-shaped lolly sticks that are suitable for smaller hands to hold. Sturdy and stable, the compact mould is slim enough to fit into a large icebox or smaller freezer drawer, and the sticks inside the lollies aren’t too long for small mouths.
The lollies are a rounded shape that’s simple to demould (although it takes a little while, as the BPA-free plastic is quite thick). The mould leaves a small bunny-tail-shaped imprint on the lollies, but we would have liked a little bit more of this, as it isn't very visible.
With a smaller-than-average volume and easy-to-grip sticks, this mould is a fail-safe buy for toddlers.
Rex London (£4.95)
Eddingtons Sippy ice lolly moulds (set of four)
Best ice lolly mould for avoiding drips
- Available from Amazon (£8.99)
- Comes with sipping spout
- A little pricey
Star rating: 4.5/5
Nearly all the moulds we tested suffered from a bit of spillage, despite the inclusion of a drip tray (which can spill if you don’t keep an eye on it), so the sipping spouts included with this mould are a welcome addition.
The mould is sturdy and easy to fill, and the handles come in bright, shiny colours that appeal to children. Each lolly stays firmly attached to the stick inside thanks to a clever circular design that offers more surface area.
Unmoulding is easy, and eating is a doddle – the tapered shape is pleasant to eat, and any drips are caught in the deep drip tray, ready to be sucked up through an integral straw.
The mould is dishwasher-safe, but this is also easy to handwash. Although it’s a little more expensive than some moulds, and is quite tall (you’ll need to use a big freezer drawer), this mould is a winner.
Nûby Fruitsicles ice pop tray
Best ice lolly mould for teething
- Easy-to-grip handles
- Very sturdy
- Large footprint
Star rating: 4/5
This shiny, brightly coloured mould looks like a children’s toy, and is aimed at babies aged six months and older. Designed to hold and freeze 30ml portions of breast milk or purée to soothe teething gums in warmer weather, it can also be filled with yogurt or juice for older children.
Round, thick handles that can be gripped with two hands make them easy for babies to hold, and the mould itself is smoothly curved, resulting in ice lollies that look like large dummies.
The mould is sturdy and creates lollies that are easy to demould. However, while the mould itself is small enough to fit into a large freezer drawer, it does take up quite a bit of freezer space for such small lollies. Otherwise, this is a cleverly designed mould that does the job well.
Lékué Kit stackable popsicles (four-pack)
Best ice lolly mould for small freezers
- Stackable for small freezers
- Fiddly to remove from mould
Star rating: 4/5
This set of four individual moulds is ideal for smaller freezers, taking up barely any more room than the lolly itself.
Simply lay each 95ml-capacity silicone mould (with integrated stick) flat, then fill with a lolly recipe of your choice and freeze. You can also stack all four moulds on top of each other while freezing.
The moulds come with a recipe booklet that includes ideas such as red fruit and almond milk lollies, and mango and yogurt ones.
There's no need to run your frozen lollies under the hot tap to get them out, either. Instead, the mould peels off the lolly. This can be a little bit fiddly, but is less messy than using hot water. Plus, there’s no need to keep tugging to see if the lolly has freed itself from the mould.
Each mould holds 95ml and is BPA-free, making it suitable for children. They're also dishwasher-safe. Although a little pricier than average, these moulds are a worthwhile investment for smaller freezers.
Eddingtons rocket ice lolly moulds
Best novelty ice lolly moulds
- Available from Amazon (£8.93)
- Fun rocket shape
- Sturdy design
- Very large footprint
Star rating: 4/5
We loved these lolly moulds. Adults and kids alike enjoy chomping through a classic rocket lolly, and these were the best rocket-shaped moulds we tested.
Six individual moulds fit securely into the base, and, once frozen, can be removed and stored separately. Moulds are easy to fill, and the lollies are easy to remove, with clear plastic that helps you see when they’re ready to be released.
The rocket shape is impressively detailed, and the sticks are sturdy, meaning that although this is a tall lolly, it’s well-balanced and easy to grip.
Speaking of height, the main downside of this mould is its size. The base has a large footprint, and the moulds are tall, so you’ll need plenty of space to freeze your lollies. The stick inside is also quite long for small mouths.
On the upside, the accompanying box is relatively small, which makes the moulds easy to store. They’re also dishwasher-safe, making washing crevices no hassle. Although not a budget option, this is a great choice for a hit of nostalgia.
What we looked for in ice lolly moulds
Compact design: As well as fitting easily into an average-sized freezer drawer, we looked for moulds that could be put away in a cupboard easily, too. Moulds that came in boxes suitable for storage, could be stacked or individually removed, or fit into an icebox got bonus points.
Sturdiness: We wanted to avoid spills, so any moulds that had a tendency to tip in the freezer, had very loose lids or were hard to fill were disqualified.
Ease of eating: Although spills will never be entirely avoided, we looked for moulds with spill guards and sturdy handles that were suitable for small hands. We also considered lolly shapes that were easy to eat, and smooth edges that wouldn’t harm hands.
Volume: The government advises that children are limited to a combined total of 150ml of fruit juice or smoothie a day, so all the moulds we tested were 150ml-capacity or under.
Unmoulding: Most lolly moulds need to be run under a warm tap to release the lollies, but if it was too fiddly or tricky to achieve – or left the lolly stick behind – we took note.
Safety: All the moulds we tested were BPA-free.
Cleaning: If the moulds weren’t dishwasher-safe, we looked at how tricky they were to clean by hand.
How we tested ice lolly moulds
After washing each mould thoroughly, we filled them with yogurt and fruit juice to check that the sticks stayed attached and both were equally easy to unmould.
We looked at how easy the moulds were to fill, how sturdy they were in the freezer – no sticks being knocked sideways – and how well they fit into an icebox and a medium freezer drawer, as well as a large freezer drawer.
When eating the lollies, we noted how pleasant they were to eat, if dripping was a big issue, and if washing-up was easy to do.
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