“ Brand: Asda / Type: Ice lolly maker „
I understand the concept: DIY ice lollies. I've even tried it multiple times and my kids like it. It makes financial sense, as you can make your own flavours and consistency and strength, without having to worry so much about all of the additives and chemicals that seem to be pumped into the majority of packaged ice lollies these days.
But I do have an issue with most devices that enable you to make your own, these ones included. You could make lollies in a variety of ways in terms of the content but ultimately when it comes down to it, the device you're using is important. This particular lolly maker has four decent sized recepticles to use, and the idea is that you fill each one, nearly to the top. The lid then has a stick coming out of it that extends down into the liquid. When you pop the containers into the freezer and the liquid freezes, it does so around the liquid, which will now be frozen like a lolly.
Simple to use, yes, but the issue I have is that when it comes to removing the lolly from the container, I find that it often sticks. This depends slightly on what you freeze, but in the main, I find that trying to wrestle the lollies out of their containers ends up being a chore, resulting occasionally in half a lolly in and half out of the container, and on one occasion a broken lolly container. After a few times, I actually stopped bothering.
However, I did then change what I was freezing, altering the content and moving it to a different freezer compartment. I haven't checked the temperatures of the different drawers I have, but part of the reason I kept them where I need was that these actually take up quite a bit of height. If you have a chest freezer then this is not an option, and you just have to keep it upright to start with until it's frozen. What I ended up doing was storing them in the top compartment until frozen and then transferring them to a different one. This was slightly higher in temperature and when it came to removing the lollies it was definitely a lot easier.
This was much better than running it under hot water or wrestling with it too much, and made it an enjoyment to make lollies. We used bits of real fruit if it's about to go off, and vary the flavours. My son and I have even experimented with weird combinations of flavours to see what works well frozen. Some things worked and some didn't. Frozen ice cream sandwich flavour squash wasn't the best choice of lolly, for example, but it's something we can tick off!
So my opinion on this is divided. Ideally, I'd like to have something that doesn't take up a lot of room and comes out of its housing very easily, but this doesn't. However, it is reassuring to know exactly what the contents of the lolly are, and making your own can be a really fun exercise to do with the kids. I think this provides a decent balance and ultimately for £1 this is a decent buy and is worth the money you'll be paying. Sure, it's not perfect, but Lakeland will probably charge you a great deal more for the convenience of something that slides out easier. Is it worth more? Maybe, but this is valued right and does what I'd expect it to.
Buy a set of these blue plastic moulds to plan ahead for a refreshing summer. Let's hope that buying these will encourage the sun to come out.
These moulds help to make lollies which are fantastic to cool down with on hot sunny days. I bought them for all the little visitors that come to stay with me. Their eyes light up when presented with the big lollies.
The wonderful thing is as a homemade treat you know exactly what has gone into them. The children may end up with lolly stains around their mouths and empty sticks and they are quietly content on it too.
Their mum loved the idea of making your own lollies and decided she would buy the kit so that the children could have fun making the lollies. It provides a great fun science lesson on how to make liquid freeze or simply to compare and contrast hot, cold, liquid and fluid. Their mum particularly liked that the ingredients were chemical free, without additives and preservatives. No E numbers in these!
Have you seen the price of ice lollies in the shops these days? I've seen boxes for three pounds. These moulds come cheap. I think I paid one pound for them. You can buy inexpensive ingredients too. So for not a lot of lolly you can fill up some space in the freezer with homemade ice lollies and re-make them with ease. The plastic only needs to be washed and then re-used again and again. I've had them for years and they look strong enough to last forever!
Hide the healthy food within the lollypop:
Use milk to give children calcium to help their teeth and bones develop.
Use the lollypops to provide a disguised portion of fruit to make up a portion of one of the five to seven fruits required in a day. I've tried pineapples, oranges, raspberries and strawberries to name but a few fruits.
I've cut up real fruit for chunks and other times blended fruit for a smooth result.
Cheeky pops for adults:
There's no reason why adults can't have a lollypop to but some might be extra appreciative if the lolly has alcohol in. Remember, if it's a scorching hot day, alcohol dehydrates so supply water too. I've made some cheeky pops with Vodka and fruit juice. Those have been immensely enjoyed.
Don't mix up the spiked lollies with those made for the children.
There are eight deep moulds with the same number of plastic lids which are shaped so that the lid continues down to form a stick. This makes it easy for children to hold.
I've filled it with a quarter of water mixed with cordial or fruit juice. Mix everything up before putting into the mould so that it is properly mixed up. Then I pour the fluid into the moulds. Don't fill completely so that there is no spillage when the lid is put on. Next put the lids on the top, the stick is permanently attached to the lid and goes half way down into the concoction and voila, into the freezer they go. It's all prepared in a matter of minutes.
The lollypops set within a few hours though I like to make them the day before just to be sure.
The mould kit is dishwasher safe but I wash them by hand. It's not difficult to reach into the moulds in order clean out after each use.
I enjoy experimenting with different flavours. I might try fizzy lemonade next. I find it great to store away in my freezer for times when I personally want refreshment or to sooth a sore throat. All the children and their parents, that I've given lollies too, have given their seal of approval and adults who enjoy alcohol have always loved what comes out of these moulds. It's a mazing but despite the contradiction of science the alcohol will freeze. Anyway, enjoy!
Whenever i go shopping i feel like i am running the gauntlet when i get to the ice lollies aisle. with my kids being able to spend a good twenty minutes standing and discussing the virtues and faults of every lolly there, before i step in and tell them they have to buy a box that costs a pound!
When i was a kid my Dad was always "making do and mend", with always making homemade this and that, with ice lollies being one of his specialities, i even remember freezing special ice cubes for drinks containing mint leaves and fruit!
I have had a homemade ice lolly tray in the past (which to be fair was completely rubbish), so was in two minds when i saw this particular set for sale recently in Asda (especially when i realised the lolly sticks/lids didn't actually clip on the base unit, but rather just sat there! The deciding factor for me was the fact that it was only £1.00, so sink or swim i wouldn't be that much out of pocket!
The set itself is simply a solid base tray, with there being eight tapering cylindrical holes (the lollies themselves!), with which it stands on (quite solidly too, nothing worse then a wonky lolly!).
The lids/sticks have a stick underside which freezes into the lolly itself, with there then being a stick to hold and also a circle of plastic that seperates the two, helps it sit onto of each hole, and on drippy days actually holds a bit of drippage from going down the kids tops (though not enough!).
To use you simply fill with whatever juice, diluted pop, water or fizzy pop you want to (almost to the top, allowing enough room for the stick), stand up in the freezer and then leave to freeze for a few hours.
Once ready to eat you simply warm the tube with your hands or a warm teatowel (run under the warm tap!), then gently pull out.
They do seem to come out quite easily, and are more than ecconomical, and my kids enjoyed the ice lollies almost as much as the novelty of picking and making their own lollies!
These are actually quite well designed and a clever way of filling with almost anything from juices to smoothie mixtures, so you can get more fruit into them without them knowing!
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I always remember making lollies as a child and when I saw this set in my local Asda store for £1 I thought it was a great price and was sure my daughter would love to make lollies with me.
The lolly moulds weren't packaged in any way and simply had a very small black cardboard tag attached with a plastic tie with the name of the product on the front and a barcode so they could charge you for it on the back.
The lolly moulds are a set of 8 which are in 2 rows of 4 moulds so form an overall rectangular shape. The moulds are bright blue in colour to which my daughter had a little moan of why had I not bought her a pink one but them that's because she likes everything to be pink.
Asda released a new range of juices in the summer, Lemon sherbet, pear drops and fruit salad so my daughter decided as I had not got her pink lolly moulds we would use the pear drops juice which is pink so she could have pink lollies. We made the juice up as directed as usually I weaken my daughters juices but as lollies I thought they would need more flavour and poured the juice into the moulds, you need to leave a small gap at the top so that when you place the lid on which has a stick on the underneath to hold onto the lolly once frozen it doesn't push the juice out of the moulds.
Once you have filled the moulds and the tops are in place (they sit on top rather than closing) you simply pop the moulds into the freezer and wait for your lollies to set. Generally I make the lollies up on a night when they are running out so that they are fully set the next day ready for eating although I find they usually take a couple of hours to set.
To get the lollies out simply run the mould under the hot tap obviously trying to mainly get the lolly mould from which you are trying to remove the lolly and then tug gently and the lolly will come out easily, I remember this trick from when my Mam used to make them.
The lollies are easy to hold as there is a stick on the top for you to hold them by, the lollies melt at just the same rate as any shop bought lollies. The mould is very easy to wash out and just gets washed with my other dishes although I don't dry it but just let it dry standing upside down on my draining board.
My daughter loves the lolly moulds because she can choose what flavour lollies to have although she got bored of being involved in the making of them. The best flavour in my opinion is to make up a batch of angle delight and use that instead of juice - yummy.
During the summer I really fancied making some of my own ice lollies for me and my daughter to enjoy in the relatively hot weather. I went looking for an ice lolly maker and came across this one in Asda so snapped it up.
The ice lolly maker is available from Asda for only £1. It doesn't have anything in the way of packaging, just a small tag with the product name and barcode on it.
The lolly maker looks like you would expect with holes and a stick to put inside. It is a bright blue colour so it is easy to spot in your freezer when it is alongside all of the other contents. There are eight compartments meaning you can make a total of eight ice lollies at a time, these are two rows of four holes so it isn't long, wide or huge in the freezer. The holes are a nice size and they end up making a nice size ice lolly, around 5cm long and a couple of cm in diameter. The moulds also come with lids, these lids hold the stick to each ice lolly.
I normally make up what flavour I'd like the ice lollies to be in a jug first with orange, blackcurrant or summer fruits squash, for example, then simply use the jug to pour the liquid into each mould. The lids then go on the top and you pop the maker in the freezer. The lids are quite loose so it is a bit of a balancing act trying not to let the liquid escape before you make it to the freezer. I'm not sure exactly how long the ice lollies take to freeze, we usually go back to them the day after and have them then and they are definitely frozen.
When I first got the ice lolly maker I was a little confused as to how to get the ice lolly out of the mould. I got so frustrated I ended up snapping the end two moulds off even though the plastic is quite thick! I've learnt my lesson now and after a short while under a hot tap the lollies loosen and are easy to slide out of the mould. The handles are easy for both me and my daughter to hold without any problems.
The maker is easy to wash out and I normally wash it up with the rest of my normal washing up and leave it to dry, it's then ready to use again with whatever flavour you fancy!
I'd definitely recommend this ice lolly maker from Asda, at only £1 it is a great cheap way to make your own ice lollies at home without having to pay at least £1 for each individual ice lolly in a shop or from the ice cream van.
~Asda Ice Lolly Maker~
This ice lolly maker is essentially a plastic mould which you use to make your own ice lollies at home. The mould is blue and consists of a tray with eight deep holes and eight plastic lids which act as the lolly sticks. The inside of the lid extends half way into the hole.
It is important that you wash the mould out before using it and after each use to keep it fresh and clean. I believe it is suitable for popping in the dish washer and is, of course, freezer safe! It is recommended that you do not fill the holes all the way to the top of the liquid may spill over the edges.
This ice lolly maker can be bought from www.asda.com or instore priced at just £1.00!
Ice lollies seem to be increasing in price quite a bit so when I spotted this ice lolly maker in Asda a few months ago, I decided to buy one. At £1.00, it was absolute bargain and has been well used in our home. Myself and my son have to be in the mood for an ice lolly so we like to keep a supply in the freezer for when it takes our fancy to have one.
This mould is made of durable plastic and looks basic but fine. Each hole is quite deep but narrow and the whole mould doesn't take up a massive space in my freezer. We have made lots of different ice lollies in our mould. I am currently on the Slimming World diet and I cringe at how many syns are in branded ice lollies. If I make my own from scratch, with specified ingredients, I can still enjoy a cold treat but without the guilt!
Our favourite ice lolly to make is orange and pineapple which I make from cordial and water. The first time I tried this one, I poured a small amount of cordial in to the mould and then water over the top. I do not recommend this as the top of the ice lolly ended up being far too strongly flavoured whilst the bottom was weak and watery! i find it best to make up a jug of juice with the water and then pour into the mould from there. The lids do not look very tight on the mould and I find that I need to be extra careful when carrying the filled mould over to the freezer - I have lost count of the amount of spillages we have had!
The ice lollies take a few hours in the freezer but can be left in there for quite a while if you do not wish to use them straight away. The first time I took this mould out the freezer, the lids were frozen on so I placed the mould in some warm water for a short while - this helped but it is actually better to leave them on the work surface for 5 minutes as the lid loosens after this time. Any remaining lollies can be popped back in the freezer.
The ice lollies adopt a cone shape and are the perfect size for a cold treat or for a child to have all to themselves. The stick part of the lid is a decent length for both myself and my son to grasp comfortably. There will be a little gap between the bottom of the ice lolly and the round part of the lid. The lid is curved slightly which allows any drips of liquid to be caught. I find this works well if the weather isn't very hot but if the ice lolly melts quicker, my son is often left with sticky fingers as the liquid leaks over the edge!
The different ice lolly options are endless and any which we have made have turned out perfectly well - smooth on the outside and solid. They remain solid for quite a while but if it is really warm, the lolly starts to turn to slush quickly. I have used diet juice (mainly lemonade) mixed with cordial which is an interesting combination. The ice lollies retain the juicy flavour of which ever liquid we choose to use. My son likes to help make up his favourite combinations and gets satisfaction from eating his own ice lollies! I like having these made up for when I have a sore through - super soothing and tasty at the same time.
The ice lollies do not leave much in the way of residue inside the mould. I just wash the mould alongside the rest of my dishes and leave it to dry. We only have four of the lids left now as my son and nephew have a habit of throwing them in the bin when they are finished their ice lollies so I feel I may need to buy another mould soon!
This mould is super cheap and versatile. I can make tasty, flavoursome ice lollies which are ready within a few hours. It is possible to add fruit to the liquid too which I may try soon. Whilst the weather isn't brilliant at the moment, I still enjoy relaxing on the balcony with a homemade ice lolly and can highly recommend this ice lolly maker from Asda! Perfect for adults and child alike.
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