Real Food Tips: Using Freezie Pop Molds

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I seem to get a lot of questions and feedback from readers about the reusable freezie pop molds that we use (and recommend). First of all, I have absolutely no relationship with the company whatsoever…I simply found these molds online and have been a very satisfied customer. In fact, we own two sets now and use them quite frequently! Here are some answers to the questions I get the most…
Using Freezie Pop Molds by 100 Days of Real Food

  1. Do your freezie pop holders have an odor to them, which was mentioned in a few of the online reviews?
    Ours do not have a smell to them at all. I even stuck my nose down in there just to be sure. :) I do take a little extra time to wash ours thoroughly (both by hand and in the dishwasher), so maybe those reviewers aren’t washing out all the food bits well enough? One reader suggested using a small bottle brush to get them clean at the very bottom, and I happen to think that is a brilliant idea!
  2. What do you fill your molds with?
    I mostly fill ours with smoothies…either a version of our standard “Fruit Smoothie” or “PB&J Smoothie,” which is actually sometimes a “Sunflower Butter & Jelly Smoothie” since my older daughter goes to a nut-free elementary school. You could also fill them with plain yogurt that’s been sweetened with “Berry Sauce” or fruit and honey. And applesauce is another good option as well. Once they’ve been filled we put them straight in the freezer.
  3. When you put these freezie pops in your daughters’ lunchboxes are they thawed by lunchtime?
    I take the frozen smoothie pop directly out of the freezer and add it to my 1st grader’s lunchbox at 6:30 A.M. (yes, the day starts early around here!). I usually add at least 3 ice packs to her lunch bag as well. By lunchtime, which is at 11:20 for her, she tells me it is mostly thawed with one or two hard chunks still in the middle. Funny story…the first time I sent one in my 4-year-old’s lunchbox the icy chunk in the middle caught her off-guard because she told me she thought it was a rock in there. I assured her that mommy would never put a rock in her lunch so ever since then she has eaten it worry free. LOL I also want to mention that both of my daughters eat these freezie pops completely solid straight out of our freezer when we are at home.
  4. How do you keep the lids on in the lunchboxes?
    Lunch BoxI put their lunches in a plastic (BPA-free) Ziplock divided container, which is very similar to the Easy Lunchbox containers which can be found on Amazon. I fold up the bottom of the freezie pop mold, wedge it into the biggest compartment, and then of course secure the lid. This keeps the top from coming off the mold and also keeps it from moving around. I also tell my girls it’s important to put the empty mold (and top) back into the plastic lunch container with the top back on to avoid any mess in their lunch bag. You could also fold up the bottom of the mold and put a rubber band around the top and bottom long ways (and then put it in a Ziplock bag) to ensure it stays together.

I also want to mention that one reader told me her kindergartner’s freezie pop made a little mess in her lap at school (poor thing). For the younger kids it might help to “practice” with partially thawed pops at home first so they know what to expect come lunchtime. In a couple months the pool might just be the perfect place to practice. And speaking of, I learned last summer that both of my daughters absolutely loved having (partially) frozen smoothie pops as their snack up at the neighborhood pool. I kept them in a cooler with ice packs of course, but they were the perfect outdoor cold “treat” on a steaming hot summer day.

Anyway, I hope this little FAQ clears some things up for those who are considering buying a set of molds (or for those who are trying to figure what to do with the ones they ordered!). If you have any other questions or tips please share in the comments below!

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170 comments to Real Food Tips: Using Freezie Pop Molds

  • Meghan

    Thank you so much for these silicone container suggestions. Had no idea these existed and this will be a great middle of the week lunch for my 6th grader to change up the pace from sandwiches a bit. Bought us a 4 pack of these today and going to give them a try this coming week!

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  • Leah

    I’m sorry, I started reading this and screeched to a halt at “nut free elementary school”. Now I’m too distracted to finish. Nut free? The whole school?? Since nuts are such an important and healthy part of a natural diet, the though of banning them in an entire school shocks me. I’ve never understood why non allergic children should change their diets to accommodate the few with allergies. I’ve seen several lunches (packed by parents, NOT eight year olds) that contain a snack cake, chips, a sugary drink and candy. Surely THIS is much more a public health hazard than a handful of walnuts.
    I can only shake my head….

    • Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Leah. Our school, actually, is no longer entirely nut free. We have one nut free classroom per grade level. Lisa wanted a list that could better accommodate all classrooms and there is even a disclaimer on the list, as product ingredients and processing is ever changing. I have a vegetarian child in a nut free class this year and it was a bit of difficult adjustment for us. However, I will say that it is a very sensitive issue and if I had a child that could potentially die from a bit of nut residue, I would be pretty sensitive about it, too. Of course, feeding our kids poorly as a society is a more pervasive issue but it doesn’t discount the growing number of life threatening allergies that parents and children are dealing with. ~Amy

    • Mandy

      This is just lack of understanding on your part (I hope)”…I’ve never understood why non allergic children should change their diets to accommodate the few with allergies…” We are talking about protecting a life here. We are not talking about a rash or upset stomach. I happen to have one of those “few” children you mentioned. And if she ingests even a trace amount of nut she will DIE without intervention. (Which by the way, can mean something simple like a child with a peanut butter sandwich not washing their hands after lunch, then touching the monkey bars at recess and transferring residue. Next thing you know my child follows behind and later rubs her eye or nose – and anaphalaytic shock just like that) The unhealthy food parents pack in school lunches is a separate issue here, and I agree that there are some extremely poor choices made in that area by parents. But that is not a public health hazard. It doesn’t pose a risk to other children’s lives. And certainly I would hope that parents would be much more in favor of forgoing a few nuts during school hours rather than put any child at risk of death. There are many, many healthy options for school lunches. Leaving nuts out during school hours is not a crisis and does not make people pack those processed foods you mentioned. Again, we are only talking school hours so the rest of the time your child can have as many nuts as desired. Please think about this and see the bigger picture of protecting these sweet kiddos before they are able to adequately protect themselves. You would want the same if it was your child you were trying to protect.

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  • Christine Helmer

    I purchased these containers and while I like the idea, I’m really struggling with the mess that can come with it. Yesterday 3 tops popped off and the smoothie spilled all over my freezer. I was a bit frustrated because it took me some time to clean up.

    How do you place them in the freezer so the lid doesn’t come off? Do you fill them 1/2 way up? I’ve been filling them so there’s only room for the lid, and I’m wondering if that’s my mistake. Any other suggestions are appreciated.

    • Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Christine. I prop mine up in a way that I know they won’t topple. I’ve also frozen them within another container or within a freezer bag just in case. You do need to leave a little room at the top for the expansion that happens when freezing. ~Amy

  • Cara

    These molds look great! Another question: What is the capacity (volume) of each mold? (I’m sorry if someone else has already asked this question!)

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