Popsicles are a fun treat, especially on a hot day in the summer. Making homemade popsicles is fun; you can change the flavors and ingredients to suit your tastes. But one problem many people have when making popsicles is getting them out of the mold without breaking them. In this article, we’ll show you how to get popsicles out of the mold easily and without hassle.
What Is a Popsicle Mold?
When you look for popsicle molds on the Internet, you’ll see the results are very different. Popsicle molds can be put into the following groups: Mold Type, Style, Yield, Size, Stick Type, and Material. Their color and shape don’t affect how well they work, and I only reviewed molds with the classic popsicle shape.
Mold Type: ones that can be taken apart and ones that can’t. With a Detachable Mold, each popsicle mold slides into a frame or base, making it easy to take the popsicles out. With Fixed Molds, each mold is attached to the base or frame and can’t be removed. This means you must take out all the popsicles at once.
Style: Popsicle molds can stand upright or lay flat in the freezer. With flat molds, you can easily put fruit on top of the popsicles without worrying it will sink to the bottom. Also, making a swirled effect is easy. But they have a drawback: they tend to leak and spill and must be laid completely flat in the freezer.
Yield: The number of popsicles you get can range from two to ten.
Size: No standard size exists, but most popsicle molds hold between two and four ounces of liquid. All of my popsicle recipes make six 3-ounce popsicles, so they are all the same.
Stick Type: Molds can come with plastic, bamboo, or wood sticks that you can reuse or throw away. Sticks that can be used more than once are made to fit the popsicle mold they come with. This can be a problem if you lose them. With disposable wooden sticks, you always need to have them on hand, but you don’t have to worry about cleaning or gathering them up after use.
Material: You can choose from three kinds of material: plastic, silicone, and stainless steel. Plastic is cheap, light, and strong, but it might not hold up well if you repeatedly wash it in the dishwasher. Silicone molds are flexible, so you don’t have to run them under hot water to get the popsicles out. However, they may have the same problems as plastic molds when washing them. Metal conducts heat faster than plastic, so popsicles made in a stainless steel mold melt faster when run under hot water. The molds themselves are dishwasher-safe and last a long time.
Why Do They Stick?
A common reason popsicles stick in the molds is that the sticks or bases are not strong enough to support the weight of the popsicle. You’re more likely to break or pull out the stick than the whole popsicle if you use more force.
You may not have stuck the stick far enough to fully support the popsicle, which is another reason why the stick may come out before the popsicle.
You might not have given the popsicle enough time to freeze before you tried to take it out of the mold. If you try to pull them out, they might break.
Or, your popsicle mix might not have been made right. If you use the wrong mix of ingredients or don’t mix them well, the popsicle might freeze unevenly or not at all.
How To Get Popsicles Out Of The Mold?
Here are some methods to get popsicles out of the mold:
1. Warm Water:
Warm water is the traditional way to remove a popsicle. There are two ways to do this.
First, run each popsicle mold under a stream of warm water. Turn the molds around so that the water can get to all sides of the outside. Try not to let the water get into the mold, as this can hurt the quality of your popsicle.
If you want to unmold many popsicles at once, you can also put warm water in a large bowl. Dip the molds into the bowl and let them sit for 20–30 seconds. This should make it easier for the popsicles to slip out of the mold without getting stuck.
2. Allow Them To Sit On The Countertop
This method is slower and messier, but it still works. Just take the popsicle mold out of the freezer and put it on the counter, where it will be at room temperature.
Let them sit for 5–10 minutes or until you can easily pull them out of the mold. The outside of the popsicle will look messier, but it will still work.
3. Holding In Your Hand
This method is not for people who are easily scared or who get very cold. This is how you likely took popsicles out of their wrappers when you were a child.
It’s very easy. Just put your hand around the popsicle and let your body heat melt the outside layer of ice.
How To Stop The Sticks From Falling?
The easiest way to fix this is to not add the popsicle sticks when you put the popsicles in the freezer for the first time. Wait about 40 minutes for the popsicles to become slushy, then add the sticks. This extra texture will help the sticks stand up straight.
You could add small clips like alligator clips or paper clips. Add one to each side of the popsicle stick and see how straight they stay.
Stretching a sheet of plastic wrap across the top of the popsicle mold is another less eco-friendly hack.
Pull it tight, then make small cuts in the middle of each mold to fit the stick. Put the mold in the freezer to set and push the sticks through.
How To Store Popsicles?
Despite what most people think, it’s not a good idea to leave popsicles in the mold after they’ve frozen solid. This can cause the tips to get freezer burn, which nobody wants.
We suggest removing the popsicles from the molds and putting them in a freezer bag or a container that keeps air out.
After you remove them from the molds, lay each popsicle flat on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
Return to the freezer for about 15 to 20 minutes to re-freeze perfectly. Transfer to the labeled container. We think they’re best eaten within a day or two.
Once the popsicles are out of the mold, we recommend wrapping each individually in plastic to make them last longer.
Move to the container of your choice and put it back in the freezer. This should make them last up to two weeks longer.
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