When the temperatures rise, there's no snack more satisfying than a popsicle. From backyard barbecues to hanging by the pool, there's really nothing better. And while there's no shortage of grocery store options, they're often laden with sugar and dyes or, if they're healthy they're prohibitively expensive. Your best bet? Adding a popsicle mold to your kitchen gadget arsenal.

When you control the ingredients, popsicles can go from an occasional treat to part of the daily routine. Breakfast smoothies, lunchtime yogurt, even baby purees can be frozen and served up as a pop. (Hello, fun mom status!) They're also an amazing tool to have on hand for teething babies or to make Pedialyte popsicles on those not-so-fun days. (Pregnant and breastfeeding mamas, you'll appreciate them too!) And I'm not here to tell you what to do, but just so you know, margaritas also make amazing adult-only popsicles.

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We've rounded up some of our favorite popsicle molds that are easy to use and keep messes to a minimum. From baby-friendly sets to the perfect kit for starting your own popsicle stand, your summer just got much tastier!

Best popsicle molds

Zoku Classic Pop Molds



Classic Pop Molds

From their game-changing rapid-freeze popsicle maker to their super fun slush and shake maker Zoku’s innovative frozen treat products are a summertime staple. So, it’s no surprise their simple Classic Pop Molds are pretty much the best of the best. Comprised of a silicone base and individual plastic molds that slip inside, it manages to make six popsicles at once without taking up too much space. (A design that also makes it super easy to extract just one at a time!) Each mold holds 3 ounces which makes for a standard grocery-store sized pop and no need to worry about slow eaters–the sticks come equipped with kid-friendly drip guards. Of course they’re also BPA and phthalate-free!

Zoku Dino Pop Molds



Dino Pop Molds

For the younger set, we’re big fans of Zoku’s Dino mold. Like the classic it makes six popsicles, but at just 1.5 ounces, they’re the perfect size for toddlers. The entire unit is made from silicone which makes extracting the popsicles super easy and although it’s not dishwasher safe (sorry!) it is easy to clean–especially if you’ve got a bottle brush on hand. And bonus! You don’t have to limit yourself to popsicles. This one can double as a candy mold with melted chocolate or whatever confections you can dream up.

Frozip Disposible Ice Popsicle Molds



Disposable Ice Popsicle Molds

If you’d rather absolve yourself of the constant fill, freeze, eat, repeat of smaller molds or you’ve got to whip up a big ol’ batch for a backyard barbecue, the disposable Frozip molds are perfect. A DIY version of the (questionably) technicolor freeze pops that we all grew up devouring, these BPA-free, zip top bags can be filled with juice, smoothies or even thinned yogurt or kefir. The set comes with 125 pouches and a convenient funnel to keep messes to a minimum. They’re also durable enough to use a few times. Just turn inside out, wash and hang to dry!

Tovolo Stackable Popsicle Molds



Stackable Popsicle Molds

The stackable sets from Tovolo are great if you’re short on space. Available in several fun shapes, each mold is made of flexible silicone and a fully enclosed plastic lid that prevents spills. We also love that the flat design makes it easy to fancy up the popsicles with added fruit slices.

Nuby Garden Fresh Fruitsicle



Garden Fresh Fruitsicle

Who needs a popsicle more than a teething babe? Made with an easy-to-hold handle and an extra reservoir to catch the inevitable drips, the Nuby Garden Fresh Fruitsicle molds are perfect for babies and toddlers. Each mold holds just one ounce of puree, breastmilk or even Pedialyte on those under-the-weather days.

PopsicleLab Popsicle Mold Set



Popsicle Mold Set

If you’re all about the classic style, you can’t go wrong with this set from PopsicleLab. The set comes with everything you need to get started on that Popsicle empire you’ve always dreamed of: a silicone mold that makes 10 popsicles at a time, 50 wooden sticks, 50 popsicle storage bags and a silicone funnel to make filling easy. With the lid in place, you can count on mess-free, perfect stick placement and when you’re done, just pop it in the dishwasher!

HuBee Pop Silicone Popsicle Molds



Pop Silicone Popsicle Molds

With a drip-catching stick, fun shapes and easy-to eject mold these pint-sized pops are great for little ones. The base is made from food-grade silicone to that allows you to invert it from the bottom when taking the popsicles out. It’s also nice and sturdy so you don’t have to worry about leaks!

A version of this story was published May 12, 2022. It has been updated.