Real Food Tips: Using Freezie Pop Molds

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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  1. My little girl is 18 months and attends daycare. They do not provide lunch, which I actually like because it allows me to control what she is eating. However, she is now in a nut-free class due to a child with an extreme allergy so we are back to square one in packing her a lunch! Peanut butter was a fantastic option to get some protein into her lunch, as she is not yet a huge fan of meat! I also freeze halves of avocados in zip-top bags. I put them in her lunch container and by about 11:30, it just needs 10-15 seconds in the microwave to make it soft. She will eat every bite!

    Anyway, about the smoothies… I am going to try something slightly different this weekend that some of your readers might find helpful. Since my little one is too small to manage a popsicle by herself, I am going to freeze smoothies in ice cube trays. Then I will put a few cubes in small containers and they should come to a soft consistency by lunch time. She should be able to eat it with a spoon – much like yogurt with fresh fruit puree mixed in. Just an idea!

  2. Thank you for all these great ideas. You blog has been a lifesaver to me with 4 kids, as we have made the switch over to whole foods. I bought these freezer pops and everything else for my eldest two girls to take for their lunches. We done some school trial runs already and I don’t know who is more excited about school lunches them or me! They are excited to help put it all together. I’ve been panicking a bit as school creeps closer as to what I will do for their lunches. You have all the answers for me. Thank you for helping my family.

  3. I bought these. But my son says most of the time they leak all over his lunch box. I’ve tried putting less in, and I tried folding them while the freeze but no luck. Any tips for freezing/packing these?
    Thank you!!!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Natalie. This post explains in detail how Lisa packs the molds to avoid spilling. They have to be packed as illustrated above. :)

    2. We’re having the same problem but I think I’m going to try the rubberband idea! We are filling my daughter’s with Shakeology so that she can get a boost of super food in the middle of her Kindergarten day and I also really want her to have it to keep her full longer in the afternoons. Thanks for the ideas!

  4. 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!)

  5. 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.

    1. 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

  6. 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….

    1. 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

    2. Leah,
      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.

  7. 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!

  8. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

    Hi Andrea. Sometimes our ingredients are fresh and in season and sometimes frozen or a combination of each. :) ~Amy

  9. When you freeze smoothies, do you always use fresh fruit? I usually use frozen fruit to make my smoothies and I’m wondering if it’s safe to freeze them after they’ve been blended? Aren’t you not supposed to “refreeze” frozen stuff? I have the same molds as you have as well as some reusable pouches and reusable popsicle sticks and now I’m wondering how to safely use them. Thanks for all the amazing ideas!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Susan. They are dishwasher safe but we usually also clean them by hand before putting them on the top rack. ~Amy

      1. Lids pop off easily no matter what I do (I do not overfill and have tried many times) and they are hard to keep clean. Very disappointed.

  10. Hi there! I was also excited but the do leak – easily – my middle schooler said it leaked out all over her lunch bag. I guess what you are all saying in your comments is that they are better in a container like the picture or secured by a rubber band?

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi there. The way Lisa has the mold wedged (see the picture) in the container is the key to keeping the lids on. ~Amy

  11. Hi there! I was super excited to try these ice pop molds in my daughter’s school lunches this year, because she loves “Gogurt” but I wanted to make it from scratch. So disappointed! The lid comes off VERY easily and leaves a yogurty mess in her bag every single day! How do you keep the lids on?

    1. Bonnie, not sure if anyone responded to you yet, but I saw another reader mentioned putting a big rubberband over the top and down to the bottom. I haven’t tried it yet, but plan to as soon as I send a lunch with these molds.

    2. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi there. The way Lisa has the mold wedged (see the picture) in the container is the key to keeping the lids on. Sorry that you had some messy experiences. ~Amy

  12. I’m beyond excited about these!! My kids are big smoothie fans so I was telling my husband last week that someone needed to invent a reusable/refillable go-gurt!I’m ordering them ASAP!

  13. Thank you for the great information on your website. I purchased these this summer and my kids think they are great. I use them to make my own “go-gurts” for kids lunches. We have not had a problem with leaking. A good tip is to not to fill them all the way.

    We have traveled with them this summer and never have had a problem but I do also pack them in a ziplock baggies in case they do decide to burst.

  14. Tammy Crouthamel

    Hello and thank you for your posts. After reading about how you pack smoothies in these NorPro molds in lunchboxes I bought them for my kids. Yesterday was the first day of school, and sadly, I missed the details about how you pack them. Warning to others – do not simply place these smoothie pop holders in a lunch box without securing the lids somehow and/or wedging them into the Ziploc container. I put the fully frozen smoothie pop in my first grader’s Thermos brand insulated lunchbox on the first day of school yesterday at 7:30 am with ice packs around it. When he went to lunch at 11:30 am it was fully melted and had spilled throughout his entire lunchbox, ruining most of his lunch. All of the other kids laughed at him, and it made for a rough afternoon for him. I feel very bad. He says that he’s never going to try to pack one again, no matter how I secure the lid. :-( Hope that others can learn from my mistake.

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Oh no, Tammy. Sorry that happened. :( We’ve all had some lunch packing fails. I once made the mistake of putting sparkling water in a thermos. Needless to say, it kind of exploded when my son opened it. He got over it. I still haven’t. Better luck next time. :) ~Amy

  15. LOVE your lunch posts!
    When I click on any of the links for the re-usable freezie pop molds, my computer “protects” me from the link. I’ve searched on Amazon, seeking the EXACT brand you have (thinking it will not have the “smelly” issue described by others).
    Is the brand:
    * Norpro
    * Mighty Pops
    * Grazia

    ….or something else? I think it must b e “Norpro”, just based on the colors.

    Thanks!

  16. I feel pretty late to the game here, but THANK YOU for this post and ALL the rest!! I have been splattering you all over my Facebook!

    ~Tevis

  17. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

    Hello Danika. The lids are not attached. Take note of how Lisa packs them to keep the lid tightly in place. ~Amy

  18. Hi, Thanks for your blog! How well do these little lids work and are they completely separate? I worry about the lids popping off and making a mess of things as it thaws and also losing lids. Maybe they are attached in some way? I would love a photo of the lid separate from the container if possible. Thanks!

  19. Another option might not work for kids, but may be worth a shot for grown ups- use one of those vacuum insulated coffee mugs with a spill proof lid to stick the pop in. It will stay frozen longer.

  20. Love these molds!! I have been freezing organic juices for my daughters to enjoy as ice pops. It’s a great treat I don’t feel bad about!!

  21. Kristina Hansen

    Have you ever tried the smoothie pop molds for plain applesauce? I wonder how the consistency of the applesauce would be if you put it in this mold, froze and then let thaw?

  22. I just received this from Amazon this week. My kids were SO excited about them. I put frozen fruits in a food processor until they were paste consistency and then mixed with honey and plain Greek yogurt. The mixture was thick, but I was able to add it to the form one spoonful at a time. No problem. I froze them and sent them to lunch in the same Ziploc containers pictured in the Lunch Roundups. I did have a hard time getting them to fit in the containers and actually put the bottom into a cup of warm water to partially thaw do I could bend it enough to go into the Ziploc. I worry about breaking the silicone form if I bend it too much or too often. Has anyone had a problem with the form breaking over time?

  23. I was just discussing these last weeks. My question–how hard are they to fill? I was wanting them to make ‘smoothie pops’ for breakfasts this summer. But is it hard to get something as thick as a smoothie in?

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Tricia. I’ve had no trouble filling them but I do not make my smoothies so thick that they can’t be poured. You can always use a funnel when in doubt. ~Amy

    2. Hi there– I just thought I’d add that most of the time I just “spoon” the smoothies into these molds. Sometimes my smoothies are thick, and other times they aren’t… But the molds aren’t overly large, so it doesn’t take much time for me to fill them one spoonful at a time.

  24. Bought the pops molds from amazon and did a little test before sending to school. Made the smoothie and put it in the molds and froze it over night. Put it in a lunch box with 2 frozen ice packs. Checked it after 3 hours and it was totally melted and a mess. I won’t be able to send to school. I wouldn’t recommend buying them. But just to be clear – the box doesn’t say they keep things frozen for a period of time. I just loved the idea and thought it would be great to send to school.

  25. I just purchased these and haven’t gotten the chance to use them yet but had a quick question. How do you usually wash them? I know you said you do both hand- and dishwasher methods, but which do you find to be more effective? And they don’t fit on my top rack of my dishwasher. Is it safe to wash them on the bottom?

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hello Brittany. I find nothing that says top rack only but I am not certain. If you are concerned, you can always thoroughly hand wash. ~Amy

    2. I just bought several from Richards Variety Store in Atlanta, GA and they had absolutely no scent at all and I just stood them upright in the bottom rack of my dishwasher, the lids in the covered silverware box. They were still standing up after the cycle and perfectly clean. :)

  26. Hi all,

    I just wanted to add my review on these pop molds as a caution- I just bought these in March of 2013 and they are TERRIBLE!!! They stink terribly and are basically unusable. My daughter will not eat the pops made in them and I don’t blame her. Buyer beware!! I am not sure if I got a bad batch or they have started using new silicone- but YUCK!! Total waste of money.

    1. I suggest you try a different brand. I purchased a set of these off of Amazon and after 1 hand washing they had no smell at all and since then we have used them several times. I put vanilla yougert with chopped fresh fruit in mine and my son can’t get enough of them.
      The ones I purchased were pastel colored-I’m not sure of the brand, but I thi there was only one brand with pastel colors.

  27. Jennifer Wisdom

    I LOVE these! I don’t have any kids, but my husband and I have enjoyed frozen smoothies from the freezer, thanks to these molds!

  28. I am trying out the freezie molds in our Ziploc bento containers. It is really tough to cram it in there! Do you fill them a little less to provide more room to squish the bottom in ? I worry my lid will come off and leak as it melts before lunch!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Jocelyn. You can see by the way we position it in the photo, that is is a tight squeeze but it serves to keep the lid sung. We do have to have a bit bending room at the bottom and we experience small leaks from time to time. ~Amy

  29. I hate to be a kill joy, but does anyone remember this article a few months ago: “Food Babe Investigates: How Food Companies Exploit Americans with Ingredients Banned in Other Countries”. Dimethylpolysiloxane was listed as an “evil” anti-foaming agent in McD’s French Fries. Guess what. That is the monomer (fancy word for little molecule) that is polymerized into silicone, used to make those exact molds that you are filling with smoothie. Polymers are never fully polymerized, so you have DMPS coming off into your freeze pops. I’m not saying that’s good or bad, just the truth. If Food Babe is going to use faulty logic and denounce the evils of some chemicals, be consistant.

  30. I just got the molds and the molds don’t smell…even after washing in the dishwasher…However, they do seem to pick up an unpleasant smell from our freezer and my son refuses to eat them. I just cleaned out my freezer, so it’s just a “frozen” smell.

  31. Maybe someone has already suggested this, but have you ever used the Sili squeeze? http://thesilico.com/ We have a few and use them all the time. Very easy to use and clean, very low mess, and used for the same purposes (although to be honest I have never frozen them, we mostly just put smoothies in them). BPA – PVC – and Phthalate – Free, etc.

    1. We love our Sili squeezes! My girls are 3 and 5 and ask why they didn’t get it in their lunch when I skip a day! I love how well the lid seals and how it comes all apart for washing!

  32. PS – we love to freeze pureed fruit layered with homemade natural yoghurt. Or just plain old pureed mango! YUM! Or ‘hot’ chocolate, or coffee for the adults.

  33. Hi, We have used iceblock moulds for many years, but they dont seal, so cant be used to take for lunch/snacks outside of home.
    I live in Australia and Amazon wont post to me… so any ideas where I could get these or something similar in Australia?!
    Thanks :)

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Julie. I don’t know where you could get them, but, have you read through the comments? I think some other readers may have shared ideas. Jill

  34. Yeah – we tried these too and they were not a hit. Mess everywhere, kids didn’t like the yogurt/smoothie/applesauce that came out. They had eaten them at home, but they did not work for us at all for putting in a lunchbox. Bummer – especially since I know have 8 of them!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Ginaj. Sorry to hear that these didn’t work out for you. We use ours in the summer as well for frozen “push up” treats, so, hopefully you can still use them for that. Jill

  35. Hi
    I am just a bit confused..how do your kids eat partly frozen smoothies?Do you send a straw?I really like the idea of using this instead of frozen yogurt from stores.
    Thanks
    GKB

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi GKB. They are mostly thawed, but, it’s really no different than eating a “Gogurt” if you’ve ever seen those. They just squeeze the bottom and eat as they slowly push it up out of the mold. Jill

  36. Hey-I love the idea of the freezie pop molds, the only thing is that my children complained that they “exploded” in their lunch boxes, and it looked like they did too. This also happened to a friend on mine. I left plenty of room at the top, they were frozen solid and the caps were on…Even if they had been in a ziplock it would have been a real mess that they wouldnt want to eat. Please help-I would love for these to work!
    Thanks

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Laddy. I have had that happen to my kids on occasion, but, I find that if I make sure they are in an upright position (not folded over at all in the container, just in the lunchbox on its own (usually in a ziploc just in case of spillage)) we seem to avoid it. Also, just double check that the lid is completely closed before freezing…it really is hard to get off when it’s completely sealed. I hope they work out better next time. Jill

  37. I purchased these and the first time I sent one in to school for my daughter it leaked all over her lunch bag, backpack and cubby. Not a fan…it was frozen solid and the cap was snugly secured …

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Christine. Sorry that happened. I actually put mine in a baggie as well just in case. I also find that if you fill them too much they will leak…I usually try and leave about 3/4″ at the top. Hope they work out better next time. Jill

  38. Hello
    Does anyone know where I can find the freezie pop molds in Canada? I went on Amazon.ca and found them there but the price, especially the shipping cost, is just too high.

    Thank you

  39. I love your meal planners and recipes. Our only problem is that we live abroad in Hong Kong, where food can be very expensive, especially fresh produce. We still buy almost exclusively organic, but it’s outrageously priced. Today I paid US$6 for a liter of organic milk. Once I ran into one of the better grocery stores here with the nicest produce and grabbed two heads of broccoli. I didn’t pay attention at all to the price, and when I got into the car I realized that I had paid about US$15 per head. No joke. I actually shrieked out loud when I read the receipt. I think your weekly meal planner would cost at least twice here. Still, I think your recipes are cheaper than eating out, so we will continue to cook as much real food at home as possible. Thanks for all your great ideas!

  40. I love your site and I am on here all the time for recipes. Thank you so much. My question is what type of lunch box do the girls use that fit the zip lock containers. I have the containers but they will not fit into their new lunch boxes. Thank you

  41. Hi, thankyou so much for your article :) I love the idea of these for my 4.5yr olds lunchbox as he starts primary school next year but I’m curious to know if these are actually watertight once frozen? These unfortunately aren’t available here in Australia so I’d have to order through Amazon and really want to know about the watertight issue before ordering. Thankyou :)

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Melissa. They can sometimes leak, but, the trick is to make sure you don’t fill them all the way (I would leave about 3/4 inch on top, maybe a little more) and to stand them upright in the lunch box. I also put mine in a ziploc bag so that if they do leak they don’t get onto the other food. Hope that helps. Jill

  42. I am excited to make my children’s lunches now! I just ordered these freezie pop molds from Target. Thank you for the inspiring food choices that you share!

  43. I am a little confused at the ingredients put in the pop. Your putting PB&J and use it as a popsicle? That doesn’t sound appetizing to me. I think I may be missing something. I’d love to try these out though!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Dawn. You can just add a handful and it will get chopped up in the blender. It is an easy way to pack nutrients into your smoothie. Jill

  44. I never heard nor tried these freezie pop molds before.
    As I read a couple of reviews, I think its good to own some. Thanks for sharing your honest view about it :D

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  45. You can add me to the list of readers who had their kindergartener make a mess with their freezie pop. :-( We’ve been making them all summer and my kids love them, but apparently I didn’t prepare him for opening a thawed pop. I’m not sure who I felt worse for – him or the teacher that had to help him clean it up. Lesson learned – we will practice at home before I send another one. :-) Thanks for sharing all these great ideas and recipes!

  46. I bought these and LOVE them!!! The only problem I am having is when I fill them, I try to get as much air from the lid out, but the lids try to pop off. Any input as to what the best way to fill them would be appreciated. =0)

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Rinnie. I usually just leave about 1/2″ at the top to allow for the lid to sit all the way down into the mold. And, I always stand them up in my freezer until they are completely frozen. Hope that helps some. Jill

  47. Love, love, love the idea of these smoothie molds!!! My 3 yr old daughter loves to make smoothies with me and we don’t always have time each morning because I have an in home daycare and it gets busy around here in the mornings. Using these will help us get our healthy smoothies in more often than we have been lately! And what great portion control! I am intrigued with your site/blog and am going to try some recipes in the next few weeks! Thanks for the hard work of putting this all in one place. Your commitment to healthy families is awesome! I taught school for 13 yrs and have seen some of the most awful hot lunches served to children. I can’t imagine paying for my kids to eat those everyday(and throw lots of it away). Yuck! I am so going to be sending Sophie with a lunch when she starts school in a few yrs. Oh, love the budget too! THANKS AGAIN!

  48. Received a deal for Silicone Freeze Pops, they arrived with no paperwork, no company name on them anywhere. Anybody have any thoughts about the safety. They look just like the ones pictured.

  49. You have no relationship with the company but you are earning money every time someone clicks through your links for them. Full disclosure is always best!

    1. 100 Days of Real Food

      Jill – You are exactly right, and we have actually been working on an extensive “disclosure” page to explain to readers how this process works. We also plan to add a small disclosure statement to the bottom of each post, but just haven’t had a chance to fully complete the project yet. As a result of your comment I went ahead and added it to the bottom of this post though. Thanks for your feedback and support!

  50. Thanks for the smoothie suggestion. My kids love freezer pops but I have one with a corn allergy and I couldn’t find any without HFCS in them. So I purchased these to make my own pops. My husband is always looking for a light lunch in the summer as he’s an AC Service Tech, and this would be perfect for him. Not only would it be healthy, but it would also help cool him off.

  51. I have a tip for filling the tubes with thick, Greek yogurt. I have a reusable icing bag (for icing cupcakes or cakes). I pinch the end so that none leaks out (you could use a chip clip), and then put the yogurt in it, and squeeze it into the tube. Works perfectly. You could also use a ziploc bag, but that would get pretty wasteful after a while.

  52. I’m 24 years old, and I use these smoothie molds all the time :) I get up at 5:30 for work and I don’t always feel like getting the blender out and making a smoothie, so these work great! I work at a preschool that is nut free, so I’m definitively going to try the PB&J smoothie with sun-butter.

  53. I just found your site through pinterest. We purchased these molds a while ago and have loved them. We also freeze our green smoothies and my daughter usually prefers them frozen to in a glass.

    I look forward to reading more of your blog!

  54. Honestly I am in college and want these so I can have an actual healthy smoothie in the middle of the day rather then buying the overly processed sugary ones that they have at school. Will definitely be investing in these so I can stay on my real food plan!

  55. Hi,
    I’ve been freezing smoothies made with frozen fruit to fill these, and my kids have loved them. I was wondering about re-freezing frozen fruit though. We haven’t had any issues, but is that okay? Or if I just use the Vitamix, maybe I’m not really thawing them, just crushing them. Any thoughts?

    1. 100 Days of Real Food

      I think it’s okay…I’ve never had a problem. You don’t want to refreeze raw meat, but fruit is a different story.

  56. I choose thes one on amazon : Kinderville Little Bites because they are:
    • BPA, Phthalate and Lead free!
    • Hygienic, hypoallergenic and resistant to bacteria
    • Made from high-grade Silicone

  57. 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?

    1. 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!

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

  59. 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)

  60. 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!

  61. 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!

  62. 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.

  63. 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!

  64. 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…

  65. 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. ;)

      1. Lisa….I followed your link and looked at your kitchen essentials but I can’t find anything for cool cones. :(

      2. 100 Days of Real Food

        The title I called it is “Push Up Molds” …the brand is called “Cool Cones” once you click on it. Sorry for the confusion!

  66. What kind of lunchbox do you use for your kids? Do the divided containers get turned on their side when the child carries the lunchbox? Any problems with everything spilling out?

    1. 100 Days of Real Food

      My older daughter has a Land’s End cloth lunchbag/box and my younger daughter’s is from Old Navy. I can fit the plastic ziplock container along with a thermos cup into their lunchbags (along with ice packs). The lid is air tight so even yogurt or applesauce won’t spill into the other compartments!

  67. @M

    Thank you so much for the site info regarding BPA! Glad to know these don’t have BPA. I am going to try these out.

  68. I just bought two sets and can’t wait. Besides the extra sugar added to the pre-made yogurt tubes, I priced them in the store ($3.99 for a total of 16 oz.) vs. a container of organic plain yogurt ($3.49 for 32 oz.). My new tubes will certainly pay off in more ways than one!

  69. My daughter, age 8, loves trader joes yogurt ( no chunks if fruit is a must! ). She loves the trader joes tubes but will only eat her yogurt frozen. I actually bought these tubes yesterday so I can buy the big container of yogurt and freeze them myself. Maybe even get some plain yogurt and make cool layered pops (she likes strawberry yogurt)

  70. I am new to site, and not in on all the popcicle secrets. I echo Bobbi – does your daughter eat the thawed popcicle with as spoon, like applesauce?

    I also think this would be a great Easter basket addition for these warmer months approaching!

    1. They look a lot like homemade Go-Gurt tubes, which thaw to the point that the yogurt can be “slurped” out of the tube. Off to buy some of the silicone tubes now!

  71. You have finally convinced me! I have been wavering and wondering about the smell thing. I just hit purchase! My daughter has severe food allergies so we make her own popsicles. This will be another nice treat.
    Thanks :)

  72. I am planning to add these to each of my sons’ Easter baskets. My youngest is only 6 months, but I’m sure he’ll get use out of it in the coming months! Thanks for all of your tips and tricks, we are working to convert and so far it has gone pretty smoothly.

  73. I just want to make sure I understand, lol! When you send them to school with your daughter, she says they are mostly thawed, so does that me she is actually just drinking it and not eating it as a popsicle? Thanks! Sorry for the silly questions:)

  74. I have a set of these which we use mostly for smoothies as well. My girls both love them. I’m looking forward to using them this summer for the pool as well – our neighborhood pool sells those freezie pops – you know the ones that are basically sugar, water, and artificial coloring? yeah…yuck! So it will be nice to have homemade “freezie” pops we can bring from home! Thanks again for introducing us to such a neat product! I think I may need to get a second set! :)

    1. 100 Days of Real Food

      I don’t even think it’s sugar Jenn…I think it’s high-fructose corn syrup, water and artificial dye!

  75. Has anyone else had an issue with the lids coming off both in the freezer or in the school lunch? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

    1. An idea for why they’re coming off in the freezer, are they too full and when they freeze the contents pushes the top off?

  76. Bought some today and can’t wait to try. We are having some trouble with our daughter and the changes we’ve made in our family’s eating habits. I’m hoping that having this fun treat will help out. At this point, she is barely eating anything we offer her and it’s really upsetting for me.

  77. Thank you! I also bought 2 sets of these a couple of weeks ago. They do NOT have a smell to them at all. But I was hesitant to add them to my kids’ lunch boxes (they are enjoying them at home)…because of the thought of them being squished in their box….I think I can fit one in a square sandwich box, now that you gave me that idea. Thanks……and yes, we are looking forward to them at the pool….cheaper and healthier than a Popsicle! My kids enjoy organic apple juice in their pops (from Earth Fare)….and that is so easy….or I fill them with leftover smoothies!

  78. We have been using these for a couple of weeks. One of my favorite things about them is having something with left over green smoothies when I make mine for breakfast. I don’t always end up with the exact amount that I want. If one of these is empty, I just fill it up and freeze and send it with my daughter to school.

    I bought a small bottle brush that was designed to go with one of the baby food makers to clean these tubes. It has worked very well.

  79. The pops are down a little in price–I ordered two sets and have some green smoothies in them in the freezer now! Can’t wait for the kids to get home and try them. :)