From refreshing fruity popsicles to kid-friendly mini lollies, get creative with our top lolly moulds. We’ve also provided ice lolly recipe inspiration...
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Woodland bunnies ice lolly maker
This fun design has easy-to-hold rabbit ear lolly sticks that are perfect for young children. The base of the mould is cupped to catch any melting drips, keeping clothes clean. It has an integrated straw to suck up the juice so no drop of lolly is wasted. Each bunny is a different colour, and a quick dip in hot water was all that was needed for successful unmoulding. A reasonably priced kid-friendly mould.
Buy from Rex London (£5.95)
Cuisipro dual ice lolly moulds
Each of these four lolly moulds has a partition down the middle so you can use two different flavours in one mould. The set comes with eight reusable handles – you can either make eight small (25ml) lollies or clip the handles together to make four (50ml) lollies. We used chocolate and strawberry in testing and clipped them together for the dual flavour effect. The neat little moulds can be placed in the freezer individually or clipped together in a line. Unmoulding requires a hot water dunk and a firm pull aided by a tea towel – worth it for the striking two-toned lolly. Helpfully, the moulds are dishwasher safe.
Buy from Lakeland (£8.99)
Zoku ice pops fish moulds
Best for unmoulding
Top features: Easy to release, 3D design
Each of the six ice pops has a different fish design, with individual handles to match. As you pull out the frozen popsicle, the silicone mould turns inside out, easily releasing the lolly. The detail on each lolly is impressive. The mould is compact with short lolly sticks, so it'll fit in a medium freezer drawer. Solid and sturdy, this mould is unlikely to spill. These small, cute lollies are a perfect treat for young children.
Tovolo penguin lolly moulds
Best creative design
Top features: easy to unmould, beautiful finish
We love the originality and range of Tovolo’s designs. The frame for this mould was a little bulkier than some, but the quality of the finished product really stood out. The features on these 3D penguin characters are clear on the finished 50ml lollies and their rounded edges make them satisfying to eat. To unmould, simply peel off the silicone cases. The icicle-shaped handles are solid, easy to hold and not too tall for a freezer drawer.
Buy from Amazon (£19.95)
Sunnylife sunrise pop moulds
Best space saver
Best bits: watertight lid, dishwasher safe
These brightly coloured flexible silicone moulds come with watertight lids so they can lie flat in the shallowest of freezer drawers, and they have an easy-to-grip soft textured surface. Like a retro push pop, once frozen you simply squeeze from the bottom to ease the lolly up. Any melted lolly collects in the base for a refreshing gulp at the end. Their long shape requires a soft bottle brush if hand washing, but thankfully they're also dishwasher safe.
Buy from Kidly (£18)
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Fun and easy to make with kids, homemade ice lollies are the ultimate summer refreshment. Making your own allows you to get creative with flavours and means you know exactly what’s in your ices. Try adding pieces of fresh fruit, or mix in vegetable juices or yoghurt. Reusable lolly moulds are cost-effective and help with portion control – the small 50ml moulds are ideal for young children.
What we looked for
Compact design: There is nothing more frustrating than making lollies only to find they won’t fit in the freezer drawer. We looked for compact, innovative designs that would stand easily in the freezer and stow away neatly in a cupboard after use.
Sturdiness: We looked for a solid frame and avoided unstable, awkwardly shaped moulds that were liable to spill in the freezer.
Ease of eating: We looked for robust, easy-to-grip handles and lolly shapes that were practical to eat.
Volume: Following government fruit juice guidelines for children, we looked for moulds with a maximum volume of 150ml.
Unmoulding: The moulds should release the lollies with ease. We avoided those requiring excessive hot water dunking, which can result in a half-melted lolly and a precariously loose handle. We rejected those whose sticks pulled free as we tried to unmould them, leaving the lolly behind.
Safety: BPA-free plastics were an essential requirement.
Creativity: We looked for creative designs that produced fun unusual lollies that kids will love.
Cleaning: Some moulds are really tricky to clean. We looked for those with minimal crevices and preferred those that were dishwasher-safe.
How we tested
We filled the lolly moulds with both fresh juices and yogurt-based recipes to check how easy each type was to unmould. We kept a close eye on how straightforward it was to put the moulds in the freezer without spilling them. Once unmoulded, we gave the sticks a firm wiggle to see how solid they were, how comfortable they were to hold, and finally how easy and enjoyable the lollies were to eat.
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