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Ice Pop Cometh: The Right Way to Free a Homemade Popsicle
As Charity Ferreira's article in O magazine's June issue shows, making Popsicles at home—rocket-shaped or otherwise—isn't rocket science. Still, Oprah.com editor Leigh Newman hit a few snafus when she tried making pops recently. Ferreira came to the rescue.
Q: Leigh had some trouble removing the pops from their molds, even when she rinsed them under warm water. Any advice?
A: Running the outsides of the molds under warm running water should be enough to get the pops out of their molds—but it may take up to a half minute or so. The other option, if you want to unmold all the pops at once, is to fill a bowl with hot water and submerge the pop molds to just below their tops (so that water doesn't run into the pop itself). Let them sit for 30 seconds, and then check to see if the pops slide out easily.
Q: Leigh's molds have different shapes at each tip. Any idea why she found that these decorative bits tended to break off when she pulled the loosened pops out of the molds?
A: She might try running warm water the length of the pop so that you're not overly melting the smaller tip portion of the pop, causing it to break off.
Q: Last thing: How do you avoid the sticks tilting while the pops freeze?
A: If your molds don't come with covers to hold the sticks in place, cover the top with foil and poke the sticks through. The foil will hold the sticks upright as the pops freeze.
Win a Copy of Perfect Pops!
Tell us: What's your favorite flavor combination from our homemade ice pops slide show? Post your response in Comments below and we'll choose five readers at random to win a copy of Charity Ferreira's Perfect Pops. All responses must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on June 17, 2011.