“ Brand: Twistix / Product Type: Moulds „
We love ice lollies year round in our house it helps us imagine we are somewhere lovely and warm, I am also a bit of a gadget junkie so I didn't need much persuasion to buy when I saw these funky Twistix lolly moulds in Tk Maxx. The lolly moulds come as a pack of four, they are made of a durable plastic and come in four bright bold colours, yellow, green, purple and red. The moulds come with a lid which is great for when freezing, so you can lay them down. It is also brilliant for small children who find it hard to finish a whole lolly, you can replace the lid, pop it back in the freezer and save it for another time. The lid turns into the base for when you are ready to have your lolly. It easily clicks onto the base of the mould and as you twist it, the lolly is pushed up, you can also twist it anti clockwise and the lolly will be lowered back into the mould. This is such a super idea, sticky fingers will become a thing of the past as there are no drips and no need to touch the lolly. You can fill the moulds with anything that takes your fancy, juice, fizzy drinks, milkshake, yoghurt, smoothies or your favourite alcoholic cocktail for a cool adults lolly. The mould is lovely and wide which makes filling easy and mess free, and is perfect for little helpers. Once filled, pop the lid on them and put them in the freezer. I love the fact that they are individual moulds, most other moulds come in a tray and it usually involves quite a struggle to get just one of the lollies out. This way you just take out however many you need and away you go. My children thought that these were the bees knees, especially my five year old son who seemed to be fascinated by the simple mechanism of the mould. They provide something different to the usual rocket and as they are tough and simple to use they are perfect for little children to use with little or no help at all. The only problem I have found with these is the cleaning of them, I find when I use them to make smoothie or yoghurt lollies bits of the lolly get stuck at the bottom and it is a bit of a struggle to clean. I usually have to run them under hot water for sometime to remove all of the remains. They are suitable for dishwashers and if cleaned by this method I would imagine this wouldn't cause a problem. I have had them for about two months now and we have used them many times, for many different lollies. They have been dropped several times, manhandled by various children and had to endure boiling water running through them for ten minutes at a time and they still look in perfect condition. I bought mine from Tk Maxx for £5.99, but you can also find them in Lakeland and John Lewis. I think they are excellent value for money and have already provided my family and friends with lots of lovely lollies. Perfect for a hot sunny day.
When you were a child did you use to make ice lollies from slightly over diluted squash in Tupperware moulds? We did, and in a nostalgic mood with the temperature rising I purchased these moulds recently, ready to recreate that childhood memory. These moulds come in a pack of 4, in a jazzy see-through plastic box, and are a modern take on the item I remember from my childhood. I have to say that they have been a big hit and are much in use during the blisteringly hot but no doubt short-lived heatwave that passes for the British Summer. I bought these moulds for £5.99 in store at Waitrose, but they are also available from Lakeland. They are made of recyclable plastic which is dishwasher safe. They make lolllies that you twist to eat; you don't have to get the lolly out of the mould once made, which was always an issue with other moulds I tried. Making lollies is simple - as you can see from the picture the mould has a base which you remove having ensured the innards are fully twisted down. You, or a child can then fill up the inside with your chosen recipe. So far we have made yoghurt, fruit and retro Ribena flavours. Because the top is quite wide we find they don't spill on filling and also on the side there is a handy scale embossed on the mould to show you how far to fill for "sodas" (sic) and smoothies. As you can guess from the language this is an American design; they are made by Spearmark international. Lolly made, the base becomes a lid for your lolly mould and so the whole thing can be frozen with no fear of spills or mess. Once frozen you simply take of the cap, slot into the base and wind up like a lipstick for your child. As they eat there is no mess, if they melt at all the drips just go into the reservoir at the bottom of the stick. I have found that my children got the idea of how to use the Twistix (sticks that you twist - see what they did with the name?). The 4 bright colours appeal to children, I would say that when proffered at end of school they did draw admiring and envious looks. A couple of mums even asked where we had bought them. My children just got on with eating their lollies rather quickly. Playground envy can be a scary thing. After use the lid can be put back on the mould - no mess, and the whole thing can go in the dishwasher or can be easily hand washed. There is a ring with holes in at the bottom of the mould (if you can imagine the bottom of a lipstick that the stick bit goes into), and this can be removed for washing. These lolly sticks that you twist work really well and no doubt could be a cunning way of introducing hidden fruit and dairy to children if you needed to. Of course adults can use them too - though I would have to say, to be frank, the moulds do have a bit of an "Ann Summers" look about them. This would be my main criticism of the design, though also the embossed level to fill to could have been in another colour as it is rather hard to read. Apart from these points - genius! Overall this is a great product which is fun and easy to use. Highly recommended, especially in this heat! Further details: http://www.spearmarkhousewares.co.uk/ To buy: http://www.lakeland.co.uk/F/product/12978