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!
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  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.
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  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.
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  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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184 comments to Real Food Tips: Using Freezie Pop Molds

  • Netty

    I have been wanting these for a while…but now that the weather is getting warm I REALLY want them. My little 4 year old just mentioned to me he wants to have the ice push ups we had last summer. I need to find a replacement for what I gave him last summer before switching to whole foods….the VERY SUGARY ARTIFICIAL flavor stuff they sell at the stores. Do you have any suggestions for kids ice pop molds?
    Thanks so much LOVE LOVE your sight. ;)

  • For 2 girls how many pops do you own…I have 3 solid eatting boys, plus a new born and want to get these, but not sure how many is a good number…

  • Jessie

    We bought two sets. The smaller ones and the ones you mention here. Yesterday we put plain apple sauce in them and the kids LOVED it! My daughter had one, so my nephews wanted one too. They ate them up no different than regular ice cream pops. Thanks!

  • Tiera

    Bought two sets of these last year and we love them! Never had a problem with any smell or taste to them. I fill them with Greek yogurt mixed with the berry sauce and they are perfectly yummy. I read concerns on amazon about spilling while freezing so I freeze mine standing up in a large tumbler. Never had a problem. My kids will eat them gogurt style without even being frozen.

  • Jill

    I just received my Ice pop molds. They are bigger than expected and look great!! I am going to freeze some organic applesauce tonight! woo hoo!

  • krystal

    Thanks for tips! I’m glad to know they are BPA free according to a comment, but how can we know that silicon is safe for freezing? I’m so leary of materials these days!

  • Katie

    I am so excited! I just ordered my “pops” can’t wait to see how they go around here! (and extra nice they are free from SWAGBUCKS)

  • Amy

    How much does each tube hold?

  • Claudia

    It looks like these are plastic. What type of plastic are they? I have tried to eliminate using any type of plastic with foodstuffs.

  • Leslie

    I am curious about the divided ziplock comntainers. I have a set of the Easy Lunchbox containers and 2 of the 4 have cracked badly and I only handwash them. Are the Ziplock containers more durable? Have you used the Easy Lunchbox?

    • 100 Days of Real Food

      I am familiar with the Easy Lunchboxes, but prefer how the ziplock ones are leak-proof (from one container to the next) and can therefore go sideways in the lunchbags that clip onto their backpacks. Our Ziplock ones typically last all school year. I’ve had one that cracked and had to be tossed between last year and this year. I wash mine in the dishwasher. I hope that helps!

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