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Freeze up summer fun with popsicle makers

Frozen treats are a great way to cool off on a hot afternoon. Whether you’re serving kids (think fresh fruit pops) or adults (margarita popsicles!), stock up on these supplies and get ready for summer fun!

Popsicles aren’t just for the younger crowd anymore. When the summer heat hits, the tastiest way to cool everyone off is with a homemade popsicle. Thanks to the popularity of these frozen treats, making them at home is easier than ever. Check out these cool homemade popsicle makers and watch your neighbors line up at the door.

Prepara Volcano Ice-Pop set

Quick and easy

Want a simple way to turn any flavored liquid into a popsicle? The Prepara Volcano Ice-Pop set from Sur la table is inexpensive ($10) and easy to use. It has a flat-footed base that makes it easy to store anywhere in your freezer and a built-in drip catcher to keep it clean.

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Zoku Quick Pop Maker

Gourmet

Want to move beyond your basic everyday popsicles? The Zoku Quick Pop Maker (above) from Williams-Sonoma, ($50) may be your new best friend. You can make up to nine pops before you need to refreeze the unit, including cream-filled varieties. Special drip-guards keep messes to a minimum, and the cast-aluminum molds are sealed with a special solution to help the pops freeze uniformly. Add in the Quick Pop Character Tool Kit ($15), and you may never have a plain popsicle again.

Norpro Silicone Ice Pop Makers

Push-ups

Do you prefer a push-up pop, so you can savor every last drop? These Norpro Silicone Ice Pop Makers ($12) are a simple way to turn your favorite liquids into a frozen treat that’s easy to eat. Their slim design makes them easy to store in your freezer or ice chest, and they are dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning.

Tovolo Rocket Ice Pop Molds

Blast from the past

Remember the red, white and blue rocket pops from your childhood? These Tovolo Rocket Ice Pop Molds ($13) are a blast from the past. They are dishwasher-safe and have drip-guards to keep them neat.

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Need inspiration?

Now that you have the popsicle makers, what do you fill them with? There are some amazing recipe books with inspiration for almost any kind of pop you can imagine. From frosty treats for the preschool crowd to cocktail-inspired pops for the adults, this recipe book Pops! Icy Treats for Everyone (Amazon.com, $11) has you covered.

What are you waiting for? Grab one of these great popsicle makers and make your summer a little cooler.

Pops! Icy Treats for Everyone

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