Summer has officially begun. As this may be one of the hottest summers yet, we’re all looking for a way to stay cool. And who doesn’t enjoy a cold summer treat? A favorite of mine for those hot days has always been popsicles.
As a child, I remember coming inside the house after basking in the warm sun and reaching into that box in the freezer for a cold popsicle. I still love a good pop as a way to cool off, but I don’t go for any of the brands I had as a child. The popsicles may have tasted sweet, but learning what was in them makes the memories bittersweet. The ones I had as a child were all filled with some of the worst ingredients you can find in food, including high fructose corn syrup, MSG, artificial dyes and flavors. Many of them lacked any real ingredients.
Fortunately, things are beginning to change. Since starting my blog almost a decade ago, I’ve seen a steady a growth in popsicles made with real fruit. I seem to discover a new real popsicle brand pop up (no pun intended) every year. In addition to using fruit in place of chemicals for flavor and color, a number of these natural popsicles also include some vegetables. Additionally, some of the companies make creamsicles using either grass fed or plant based dairy. A couple of these popsicles use no sugar or added natural sweeteners while others add a small amount of cane sugar. In alphabetical order, here are 6 options for popsicles made with real fruit:
Chill Pop began with its founders Elizabeth and Maggie Pryor selling their popsicles out of a cart at farmers markets and flea markets in Cleveland. They were fans of the Ohio based Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream and noticed that the real popsicle trend hadn’t hit Cleveland yet. They’re now sold at supermarkets with their inventive flavors, combing together different types of fruits, vegetables, and grass fed dairy.
Chloe, a former assistant district attorney, began experimenting to create a product with just fruit, water, and cane sugar. First, a shop was opened in New York followed by the product being sold in stores as well. Chloe’s has regular fruit popsicles, fruit popsicles dipped in chocolate, and a line for kids with their favorite Nickelodeon characters.
Dionne Baker, a PhD medical researcher, liked both tea and popsicles. Dionne began making teasicles with her family and TeaPop was created. Now known as DeeBee’s Fruit Pops, they make a variety of popsicles with different fruit combinations. They’ve since started making freezies, popsicles which are stored in plastic sleeves and don’t require refrigeration.
EatBrands started EatPops with the idea of offering fruit and vegetable blends found in juicing to be put into popsicle form. Their products contain no added sugar or natural sweeteners and combine anywhere from three to seven fruits and vegetables in each popsicle. More recently, they’ve also launched a line called EatSpice, which combines spices with probiotic strains.
Another farmers markets to supermarket success story. GoodPop was the idea of a college student Daniel Goetz in need a cold treat with natural ingredients on a hot summer day in Texas. GoodPop has dabbled into all kinds of flavors. Along with various fruit combos, they have a couple of dairy free coconut cream varieties. These include orange ‘n cream and a gluten free cookies ‘n cream flavor. GoodPop also has expanded into making freezies.
Ruby Rockets came from founder Wendy McKenna’s idea of a green drink mixed with fruits and vegetables. Their popsicles don’t contain any added sweeteners. Additional products from Ruby Rockets use coconut milk in fruit and veggie bars as well as yogurts to provide more dairy free options to consumers.