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Best novelty ice cube trays to liven up your drinks

Abha Shah
·4-min read

Whether you’re planning a small gathering or want to liven up your weekend drinks, a fun ice tray can help.

While we’re all used to the standard cubed trays there are a selection of designs making freezing water into ice a lot more creative.

Think of them less as ice cubes, and more like miniature ice sculptures to marvel at as you sip your soft drink, spirits or cocktail.

As well as ice cube trays, look out for large chocolate or soap moulds that come in funkier shapes. They’re usually made of soft, flexible plastics like silicone which make them perfect for making unusual ice shapes too.

See our favourites below

Oliver's Kitchen Ice Cube Tray - 4 x Set of Ice Moulds

This set of four stackable ice cube trays each come with a lid to keep liquids from spilling when in your freezer compartment. They’re made from silicone so that the ice is easy to pop out when you need it.

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£13.99 | Amazon *On sale from £19.99

Bakewell Ice Cube Tray

Gather your flock for a round of drinks kept ice cold with the help of this flamingo-shaped ice cube tray. The silicone design makes 15 bird-themed cubes.

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£9.53 | Wayfair *On sale from £11.99

Sunnylife Unicorn Ice Tray

Live your best (sunny)life with this cute ice tray which has moulds shaped like unicorn heads. Makes nine ice blocks.

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£12 | Trouva

Viski Spherical Ice Moulds Set of Four

D.I.Y your own luxury bar-style spherical ice shapes with this silicone mould kit. Orbs melt slower than traditional cubes which means cooler drinks for longer. No need to worry about them rolling around in your freezer either, each sphere sports a flat base so they stay put in the freezer. Once frozen (two hours minimum), just peel back each half of the silicone moulds to reveal your ice sphere.

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£15 | Oliver Bonas

Sanrio Hello Kitty 9 Shaped Silicone Mould Tray

Make miniature jellies, chocolate or puddings as well as ice cubes with this utterly adorable Hello Kitty ice cube tray.

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£18.86 | Amazon

BarCraft Flexible Tropical Shape Ice Cube Tray

Bring the tropical vibes to your next soiree with this ice cube tray that offers an assortment of mould shapes: pineapple, cactus and lime wedges.

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£7.54 | Wayfair

OXO Good Grips Cocktail Ice Cubes

This silicone tray comes with a lid to stop water sloshing around in your freezer. It comes with two trays that together will make 48 cubes - perfect for your next BBQ or small gathering.

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£15.99 | John Lewis

Lékué Ice Cube Box Tray - White

This ice box comes with a honeycomb-shaped ice tray that yields 33 cubes, but if you make enough you can store 132 ice cubes in it. The tray doubles up as a lid so you can take it with you to picnics and on road journeys when you want something cool and refreshing.

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£17.99 | Lakeland

£7.90 | Amazon

Sunnylife Set of 2 Rainbow Ice Trays

Bring a smile to your friends and family’s faces with rainbow and cloud-shaped ice cubes, courtesy of Sunnylife’s tray set. They make 18 ice cubes combined, but you can also use them to make boozy shots or healthy frozen yoghurt treats too.

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£9 | Brand Alley *On sale from £18

Kikkerland Reusable Ice Cubes, Set of 30, Clear

Indistinguishable from the real thing, this set of 30 imitation ice cubes will cool your G&T without watering it down.

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£6 | John Lewis

Pack of 2 XXL ice cube trays

When it comes to ice cubes, size really does matter. Bigger ones take longer to melt, keeping your drinks cooler for longer. Create jumbo ice cubes with this set of two XXL ice cube trays. Made from high-quality BPA-free silicone, they’re easy to keep clean and will stay in perfect condition for many cocktail hours to come.

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£14.90 | Amazon

LEGO Ice Cube Tray

This brick-shaped tray makes a wonderful housewarming gift for fans of the iconic building toy. Also available in pink.

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£9.99 | IWOOT

Verdict

Stackable and with handy lids, Oliver's Kitchen Ice Cube Trays will make sure you're ready for any party. The simple design delivers well.

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