The Best Ever Kids’ Ice Lollies!

best kids ice lolly

I know that it feels very unseasonal to be talking about ice lollies, but they’re the most-requested treat in our household (both me with my Mint Magnums and Angelica with her Mini Milks!) regardless of the temperature outside. Our appetite for “frozen things on sticks” knows no limits – our popsicle addiction is out of control. (OK my addiction is out of control. Angelica has a tiny ice lolly as a treat a few times a week – I’m not so worried about her.)

best kids ice lolly

In an attempt to jazz up Angelica’s iced-delight offerings (and have some say over ingredients, more on that later) I bought a selection of lolly moulds. And blimey, these Zoku Fish Moulds* might just be my favourite thing of 2017. Over and above any other household item, clothing item or beauty item. (Slight exaggeration, but go with it.)

There’s something distinctly satisfying about moulds; pouring liquids in, waiting for them to set and then pulling out a perfectly formed object. I used to love those plaster of Paris moulds you used to get in the eighties to make kids’ ornaments – they came in a little kit with a rank-looking yellow rubber mould and a sachet of plaster and then some tiny pots of paint. I think I had a Miss Tiggywinkle one.

best kids ice lolly

Anyway, most moulds are rubbish – or used to be – but these ice lolly moulds are so good, so satisfying, the feeling is almost sexual. In fact the whole process is a bit sexual – especially when you pull the lolly out and the rubbery bit pops out to form a rather phallic protrusion! But the detailing is so clever and the mould is easy to clean and – ugh – I just love everything about it.

best kids ice lolly

Sorry – I’ve jumped ahead of myself! It’s a fish mould! So each little ice lolly is a different sea creature – or, in one instance, a deep sea diver. The sticks are the various tails (or legs) of the creatures and so when you pull out the finished lolly you have an edible body and you hold onto the tail!

Zoku Ice Pop Mould

It’s so simple, but so clever. Ten out of ten, and I don’t say that very often. I’ve been amused no end by these and now I’ve seen that they do other characters and things – dinosaurs, for example. So much fun for little children. And adults, evidently…

best kids ice lolly

I use a mixture of natural yoghurt and fruit puree (I just squeeze a pouch of Ella’s Kitchen mango puree or whatever into a bowl of Total yoghurt) so that it’s as healthy as possible, with no artificial colourings or flavourings. It just means that the ice lolly is a direct substitute for a after-dinner yoghurt. Seems like much more of a special treat than it actually is. Oh, the trickery!

You can find the Zoku ice lolly moulds on Amazon here* – these ones are £19.99, but Zoku have a whole range of different ones here*. Worth every penny.

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6 Comments

  1. January 24, 2018 / 1:59 pm

    Yoghurt is one of the most requested treats here at home, so these will surely go down well in the summer. And I agree, they do look like fun!

  2. Eliza
    January 25, 2018 / 3:15 pm

    Yeah – those are very clever indeed! I love a new, lyrical response to the mundane. I’m feeling your admiration; it’s not over stated.

  3. Debbie
    January 27, 2018 / 10:28 pm

    My little girls would love these!
    Ruth…I love your jumper Where is it from pleease?? X

  4. Natasha
    January 28, 2018 / 10:54 am

    Never did I think a blog post would make me want to ‘add to cart’ an ice lolly mould! There’s even a frog and a princess, but those are singular. Decisions, decisions.

  5. Jo.C
    January 29, 2018 / 11:21 am

    Those moulds look pretty cool. My mum gave me the Tupperware lolly moulds which I had as a child. I fill them with Innocent Smoothies for my girls and they love them.
    Congratulations on cracking the sleep situation with baby Ted. It’s amazing what a good nights sleep does. I had to wait until my youngest was six before she slept through lol x

  6. Denise Smith
    March 4, 2018 / 5:35 pm

    Not trickery! I’ve got a sugar-to-adorable shapes conversion chart here somewhere. That’s legit substitution!

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