5 Ways to Make Popsicles Without a Mold

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Reusable molds might be the most convenient way to get your Popsicle fix, but there are plenty of easy ways to make Popsicles without them. You can get equally satisfying results using basic tools you probably already have in your kitchen. Just don’t forget the popsicle sticks.

1. Small Baking Tins

Those small canelé molds, mini brioche tins, and mini muffin tins you have stashed in the kitchen are good for a lot more than just baking. Any kind of small baking tin can play double duty as a popsicle mold.

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2. Paper or Plastic Cups

Small (or large, if you want to go for massive pops) disposable paper or plastic cups are an easy and inexpensive stand-in for Popsicle molds. And some recipes actually work even better with cups than with molds.

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3. Loaf Pans

You might not have a popsicle mold, but there’s a good chance you have a loaf pan in the kitchen. For easy removal, be sure to line the pan with plastic wrap or parchment paper. After the popsicles are partially frozen insert the sticks, evenly spaced apart. Once they are fully frozen, slice into individual servings.

4. Ice Cube Trays

Yes, this makes a smaller popsicle, but that just means you can eat more of them. Fill each section with the popsicle mixture and once it’s partially frozen, insert short sticks.

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5. Small Yogurt Containers

Go ahead and push a stick straight through the top of the container for a cool frozen yogurt pop, or reuse old containers (that have been cleaned, of course) to make any other flavor of pops.

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Your turn! Anything we missed? Have you ever made Popsicles without a mold?