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Frozen desserts are fun for all ages. There’s nothing better than a cool treat on a hot summer day whether it’s a popsicle at the pool or a towering ice cream cone walking down the street. But for those who want to step up their dessert game a notch, you’re about to see the best kept secret of the frozen ice pop or ice cream world: the silicone mold.
If you choose to make your own ice pops, you know the disheartened sigh you give when pop number seven cracks in half as you pull it up out of the mold. Don’t even mention when the stick slides out.
The good news is the silicone frozen dessert molds available these days are easy to use, easy to clean and come in a ton of fun shapes. They provide flawless shapes that don’t stick to the mold (truly - every pop we removed was perfect - I cannot recommend these enough).
Fancier frozen treats don’t even have to be made from scratch. This can become a super ‘semi-scratch’ dessert. Just buy your favorite ice cream, soften slightly, add to the mold of your choice and freeze.
Take strawberry ice cream and put it in a strawberry shaped mold. Or vanilla and use the cloud shape! Just pop it out when you’re ready and add fruit, nuts, chocolate or the topping of your choice. Shapes are fun, okay? They make everything taste better.
Another base option is to use extra blended smoothie. Just add to the ice pop mold with a stick and freeze. Are smoothies more fun to have in popsicle shape? Yes. Even the green ones.
If you are called to make your own recipe, try this echo of a childhood favorite: waffles and peanut butter in a waffle shape mold. If you don’t have chocolate melting wafers you can always use regular chocolate and a little bit of coconut oil to get that shiny gloss.
6 hours (freeze overnight)
For the Popsicle:
For the Crisp Topping:
For the Chocolate: