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I was excited the other day at the grocery store when I saw that popcicles/ice pops were back. No, I am not talking about the ones you buy in the frozen area; I am talking about the ones you buy in a giant box, that are long tubes that you throw in the freezer that come in a million different colors. I was about to happily throw a box in my cart without looking, because what really could be in those little plastic tubes? A lot apparently. First ingredient was high fructose corn syrup, then add in some artificial flavoring, sucralose and food dyes. Really? All that for something that should just be fruit juice in a plastic tube? There had to be an easier way, so off to the internet I went and guess what? I found something! Zipzicles! Lucky me – I received a pack to review AND…wait for it…three packs to give away to three of you!
Zipzicles are portable, zip top ice-pop molds that are BPA-free and can contain whatever you want. Are you or your kids allergic to food dyes? No problem – you control the content, so as long as you are not adding dyes, you are in luck! Zipzicles were invented when a young boy named Luke commented to his mom that it was unfortunate that he could not bring his ice pop along with him somewhere – that simple comment was all his mom needed to make these safe, easy to use ice-pop molds!
What did I think?
My Zipzicles came in a handy 12 pack package, which is a great number of freezie-pops for two little girls! I was excited to read that the plastic is not only BPA-free, but also recyclable! The ice-pop molds are easy to use – you choose the content (for our first batch, we juiced blueberries and pomegranate (oh, and some carrots – but I did not exactly inform the girls of this addition…) – yum!), then fill the tubes to the fill line using a funnel. Next, place in a cup and into the freezer for a couple of hours. When I gave the girls their ice pops, they were excited to have a treat that they have not had in a very long time (they have each had a store bought ice pop once when at the pediatrician’s office with strep and the nurse handed them one before “no thanks” could leave my lips”). I was pleasantly surprised that the pops slid up the packaging very easily and there were no issues for my girls pushing up the iced juice themselves. I felt great that they were enjoying a fun treat and that really they were getting fruits and vegetables without really “knowing” it. Another bonus? Because the tops are zip tops, my youngest, who cannot finish an entire food item all at once (ever!), we were able to zip the top closed and throw it back in the freezer to continue eating it later! According to the Zipzicles website, some people have reused their Zipzicles bags by gently washing with warm soapy water and checking for any holes or rips. They also offer recipes for your Zipzicles in case you cannot think of anything fun to do and want a delicious dessert! I have also used the Zipzicles to pack homemade yogurt tubes for my daughter’s lunch. Now she can feel like she has “the same thing” as her friends with her yogurt tubes.
I love, love, love Zipzicles! Ice-pops are a big memory of my childhood and I was disappointed not to be able to share that with my daughters because of all the chemicals and dyes in common ice-pop brands. I love the versatility of the product and the fun recommendations for recipes. At just $2.99 for a pack of 12, I can see keeping a stockpile of Zipzicles in our house for the whole summer!
Looking to try some Zipzicles out? As I mentioned, I have THREE packs to giveaway! The giveaway will begin Thursday, April 11, 2013 and run through Thursday, April 25, 2013! Check back for details!
In the meantime, tell me in the comments what flavors you would mix up in one of these ice pop molds!
Savory Savings did not receive any compensation for this post. Disclosure: I did receive the product for free to try and am sharing my opinion with you. My opinion may differ from yours. See my disclosure statement for more info.