I have way too many cookbooks and kitchen gadgets, but when I saw this item in the clearance section at Barnes & Noble, I couldn’t resist. Who doesn’t want to eat a lightsaber popsicle?
The problem is, you don’t get much for the money here. The mold makes four very tiny popsicles – all four of them together might add up to one regular-sized popsicle. It’s also a tall, skinny mold so you have to prop it up somewhere in the freezer to keep it from tipping. And then… there’s the challenge of getting them out. Long, skinny, small popsicles with too short of a stick in a little plastic mold means that no matter what I did, the end of the lightsaber would break off and stay stuck in the mold.
I tried the warm water to loosen them thing, tried it some more, tried being extra gentle, tried the molds with different recipes. Always ended up with sadly broken-off lightsabers and using a chopstick to fish the other end of it out of the mold. When my daughter tried to eat one off the stick, the remaining portion would fall off very easily as well, really upping the mess factor.
I was surprised to see this had a 3.6-star average on Amazon. The general idea of their 20 reviews was about the same, though. Cool idea, poor execution.
The cookbook that comes with the molds could easily have just been a little booklet. There are few recipes for the main lightsaber colors (I started with red and then green) that are pretty basic and involve food coloring. The rest are just everyday average popsicle recipes. All of this you could find for free with a quick Google search and save the shelf space.
Overall, I can’t recommend these. I’ll stick with our rocket pop molds, which work better and cost me I think two or three dollars. I really wanted them to work, but after six batches of disappointment I threw in the towel and evicted them from my kitchen collection along with that stupid donut maker that never worked right.
Have you had better luck with these? Any cool geeky popsicle or candy molds you can recommend?