Ozera Ice Pop Molds: Product Review & A Strawberry Fruit Bar Recipe!

August 2nd, 2014 2:30 pm by Kelly Garbato

Healthy popsicles at a fraction of the cost!

five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free product in exchange for an honest review.)

I make a ton of ice cream during the summer months – banana and soy-based, mostly – but haven’t spent a whole lot of time experimenting with popsicles. I think these “groovy” ice pop molds from Ozera might just be a game changer!

One set consists of six pop molds and a tray to keep them all upright. They molds are packed pretty tidily into the tray, so that it takes up minimal space in the freezer. (The tray measures about 5 ½” by 6”; I don’t know where the 7 x 5 x 8 inches in the product description comes from, since it’s not even an inch high.) While I’ve only had my molds for about a week, they seem sturdy and durable enough. The tops/handles fit snugly into the molds, and the molds in turn fit snugly into the tray. The set is dishwasher safe, but almost as easy to wash by hand.

The directions on the box are riddled with typos (I think the company is German, and the atrocious copy is due to comically poor translation), but the molds are easy enough to use: just fill with a popsicle mix (recipes not included), leaving ½” of space at the top. Freeze for four hours and then enjoy!

If you have trouble pulling the popsicle out of its mold, run it under warm tap water for 15 seconds or so to loosen it up. So far I haven’t had any trouble with the stick pulling free of the popsicle, but it really depends on the density of your dessert – richer, creamier bases will have more give. The stick is a little smaller than a standard popsicle stick.

Also nice: the handle has a generous lip that functions as a drip guard – great for slow or messy eaters!

Each mold holds about 5 tablespoons of liquid (1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon), for a total capacity of nearly two cups.

I have two complaints, both of them rather minor: The base is has three indented lines going down its center, kind of like racing stripes. They’re cute, but make the base much more difficult to wipe down in the case of a spill. Also, a little “stop” line on the molds would come in super-handy, especially for those of us who aren’t so great at estimating measurements.

4.5 out of 5 stars, rounded up to 5 on Amazon.

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Serious photo: See how fruity and delicious?
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Here’s the recipe I used to break these bad girls in. It’s reminiscent of those uber-fancy, all-natural fruit bars that they charge an arm and a leg for in the grocery store.

Strawberry Fruit Bars

Ingredients

¼ cup soy creamer or milk
2 tablespoons arrowroot powder

3 cups fresh strawberries, diced
¼ cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
A pinch of lemon zest (optional)

Directions

1. In a small mug, combine the soy creamer and arrowroot powder. Whisk until dissolved and set aside.

2. In a medium saucepan, combine the strawberries, sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer for about an hour, stirring occasionally, until much of the liquid has evaporated. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Add the arrowroot slurry immediately; whisk well. Allow to cool, either on the stove top or in the fridge.

3. In a blender or food processor, process the strawberries until mostly smooth. Sample the batter and add extra sugar or lemon zest to taste.

4. Pour the mix into each pop mold, leaving ½” of space at the top. Freeze for four hour or overnight.

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Silly photo: Hit Girl wants to, erm, hit that.
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