Summer is not yet over, so there’s still time to squeeze in a post about Life Without Plastic’s new Freezycup stainless steel popsicle molds. (Of course, there’s no rule that says popsicles can only be eaten in the summer anyway.)
But before I talk about this new mold, let me back up a bit. Two years ago, I reviewed the stainless steel popsicle mold from Onyx Containers. Many of us were excited about it because it was a great alternative to plastic or silicone. But, as I mentioned in that review, there were drawbacks. First, the steel stand that held the molds was coated in polyethylene plastic, plastic which actually was peeling a little bit on the one I received. I wasn’t crazy about that aspect of the design, but I was happy that the molds themselves contained no plastic.
What I didn’t know then was that one of my favorite companies — Life Without Plastic — had had a stainless steel popsicle mold in development for several years before the Onyx mold came out, but it took them until this year to release it because they were trying to avoid sourcing it from China. Jay from Life Without Plastic says that after many failed attempts, they went ahead and decided to work with a Chinese supplier whom they trusted.
Jay sent me a set of Freezycups to try out, so a few days ago, I decided to make some grape popsicles (made with 100% black seedless grapes from the farmers market — I blended them up, strained out the skin [but ate it separately for a little fiber and antioxidents], and poured into the molds. No added sugar necessary. Here are the pros and cons of this mold, as well as comparisons with the Onyx mold.
10/1/2016 Disclosure: I have recently become a Life Without Plastic affiliate. I consider the owners to be friends of mine and have profiled them in my book. They sent me the Freezycups and holder to try for free. If you purchase via links on this site, you are also supporting my plastic-free mission.
No Plastic Packaging
Whenever possible, Life Without Plastic ships its products without any plastic packaging. The Freezycups are packaged in cardboard boxes and cushioned with cellulose wadding (which feels similar to crepe paper.) No plastic.
When I wrote about the Onyx molds two years ago, I requested the samples be sent to me with no plastic packaging, so there was none in my box. But a few months ago, Diane MacEachern reviewed them on her blog Big Green Purse, and wrote, “The Onyx came packaged in lots of trashy plastic bags, which surprised me.”
Free Standing Molds Save Room in the Freezer
Unlike the Onyx molds, which are rounded on the bottom and therefore require a stand to hold them upright, Freezycups were designed with a flat bottom (no jokes or giggling, please), so a stand is not necessary. This means that you can store them more efficiently in the freezer and only take up as much room as the number of popsicles you’ve made.
Optional Plastic-Free Wooden Stand
If you do want a stand to help keep the Freezycups stable, Life Without Plastic has developed a plastic-free wooden holder made by a local wood craftsman based in their town of Wakefield, Quebec. The holder holds up to four Freezycups and is much more compact than the steel and plastic Onyx stand. The holes have different depths to prevent the Freezycup lids from bumping each other. Life Without Plastic recommends treating it with beeswax before using it, but it’s not absolutely necessary.
Reusable Bamboo Popsicle Sticks
Back when I reviewed the Onyx mold, the only sticks available were disposable wooden sticks. Since then, Onyx has begun offering reusable bamboo sticks (reusable as long as they are not chewed up), and Life Without Plastic’s Freezycups come with reusable bamboo sticks automatically. They can be hand washed in warm, soapy water. I did notice that the sticks got stained after the first use, but that wouldn’t bother me.
If you’re going to make popsicles, and you want to make them without plastic, I think Freezycups are a good option. Me? I have sensitive teeth and don’t eat popsicles very often, so I am probably going to gift this set to a friend with kids.