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Cool off with a twist

You can beat the heat with Orka's 4-Ice Pops--a set of molds that lets you turn your favorite flavors into frozen treats.

Orka 4-Ice Pops Amazon

Every summer, I eat box after box of Popsicles in an effort to keep cool, but many of them don't taste so great. I have a few favorite flavors and making my own frozen pops just makes sense. The Orka 4-Ice Pops mold set is ideal for the purpose. They keep budgets to a minimum and can turn just about anything, from lemonade and juice to yogurt and smoothies, into a frozen treat with the help of the freezer. The mold is actually easier to use than comparable sets: both the mold and the ice-pop holders are silicone, making it easier to remove dessert from the mold.

Using the 4-Ice Pops is simple--just pour ingredients into the mold and stick it in the freezer--and cleanup is equally easy. Each part of the mold is dishwasher-safe. The mold's base is cup-shaped, catching drips and protecting your freezer. Even the holders, which replace traditional Popsicle sticks, offer a wider base to reduce drips as you eat your pops. The only drawback is that the mold can only turn out four treats at a time--and with my family, that won't last long. The Orka 4-Ice Pops mold is priced at $12.