Tovolo Groovy Pop Molds review:

Good Design Makes These Ice Pop Molds Cool

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The Good

The plastic molds are sturdy and compact enough for easy freezer storage, and their design facilitates easy ice-pop release.

The Bad

The mold and handle don’t fit together quite as securely as we’d like.

The Bottom Line

This is a great basic ice-pop-mold set to get creative with.

The Basics

Seattle-based Tovolo has made a specialty of cute and colorful. The company’s paring knives, mini pie molds, and line of Spatulart graphic spatulas come in quirky shapes and blazing colors that wouldn’t look out of place on a J-pop CD cover. As for its Groovy Pop Molds, well—the most interesting thing about them, visually, is the layered-fruit-juice ice pops you could freeze in them.

Design & Construction

As ice pop molds go, Groovy is pretty standard. You get 6 molds per set, each in two pieces (mold and handle) made of heavy-duty, BPA-free plastic, and just fine for the dishwasher. Each holds 4 ounces (1/2 cup) of liquid. They fit compactly into a sturdy base that measures 6 1/4 by 6 1/2 inches, meaning they don’t take up a lot of room in the freezer. (When the pops are in place, the height is 7 3/4 inches.) And once they’re frozen solid, you can lose the base entirely and tuck the individual pops wherever you have freezer space.

Color options are limited: The base and handles come in either yellow or green. Troughs on the handles are supposed to be dripless. We’re guessing that the name Groovy refers to the design: five grooves running halfway down each side of the mold and across the top. They’re architectural, like the vertical lines on an art deco façade, but actually, those grooves are supposed to make the finished pops easy to slide out.

Performance

There are a few key factors with ice pop molds. You want ones that don’t hog freezer space (Tovolo’s pass with flying colors), that fit securely into the base (ditto), and that release their ice pops with only a quick pass under the warm tap and no more than the slightest jimmying.

We froze two different types of ice pops in the Groovy molds: a simple sweetened-fruit-juice type, and a more elaborate, cream-and-mascarpone-enriched type (see the recipe for Peaches 'n' Cream Ice Pops in the column at right). The results: success! For both types, all it took was a 5-second blast of hot tap water, a loosening of the cap, and—voilà!—the pops slid out with ease.

The only slightly tricky thing with Groovy is making sure that the lip around the mouth of the molds snaps securely into the handle part. You won’t hear a click; you just have to double-check that it’s jammed on as tight as possible so you have a good seal. Beyond that, the Groovy molds set you free to go crazy.

Photos by Chris Rochelle