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How to make popsicles without a mold

Popsicle cup
Popsicles are classic summertime treats that never seem to go out of style. This is a good thing, because not only are they tasty, but they’re easy to make at home. You can pour almost anything into a popsicle mold – from fruit juice to a milkshake – and make a popsicle customized to your own tastes. There is only one thing that might hold you back when it comes to making popsicles at home: not having a popsicle mold. The molds are widely available (especially in the summer) and come in all kinds of neat designs. But you don’t need a mold to make popsicles at home at all!

To make popsicles without a mold, you need small, preferably narrow cups and popsicle sticks. You can find popsicle sticks at craft stores and small, disposable paper cups make great containers if you’re going to make a lot of popsicles. If you’re only looking to make a couple of pops (or just one as a treat for yourself!), simply pour your popsicle mixture into a small juice glass, stick a lightweight plastic spoon (unless you already have sticks on hand) into the cup and freeze. Run the glass under a little warm water to release the popsicle from the sides of the cup. You can even get creative with the containers that you use, too. And Then I Do The Dishes made popsicles in a loaf pan and used a knife to cut slices of frozen treats!

Don’t worry if you’re wondering how to get those sticks to stand upright in your popsicles without a proper mold to hold them in place because there are a couple of methods. One option is you can partially freeze your pops and then add the stick in once there is a thin layer of ice to hold it upright. Better than that, simply put a sheet of aluminum foil or plastic wrap over the top of your mold and punch the stick through, creating a small hole that is just the right size to keep the stick standing.
Unmolded Popsicle

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  • Paula
    July 13, 2010

    what a creative idea!

    have a nic day,


  • I’ve been DYING to make these because I see them everywhere. I wonder if I have a cup slim enough. Maybe a champagne flute??

  • Erin R.
    July 14, 2010

    Thanks for the tip about tin foil! My popsicle trays have gone to the bottom of the toy bin some how and I’ve been wanting to make them myself thank you for this wonderfully timely tip.

  • lyndi0810
    August 10, 2010

    Thank you for the tip. I’ll try this one for my kids. I am sure that they will love this and so am I!

  • Dmarie
    November 18, 2011

    hey, thanks for this post…you just saved me from buying some!

    June 29, 2012


  • makayla
    November 3, 2013

    I love the idea so I tried it with bananas and it worked I love popsicles and I am 12 years old and it works great for kids like me well pre-teens haha lol lmao

  • Jaidah Love
    June 23, 2014

    I am 13 yrs old and this idea really comes in handy on a hot Kentucky summer day! My fav flavor is peach and yogurt making some right now

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