Jolly Llama Frozen Ice Pops

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Tamar Genger MA, RD
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It’s has been a pretty mild winter, so when the folks over at Jolly Llama offered to share their new ice pops, I thought why not.  After all, they are made from real whole fruit just like my own popsicles.  They come in six different flavors: Raspberry, Mango, Blueberry, Strawberry, Peach, and Banana Coconut. Instead of the dripping mess my popsicles leave behind, these squeeze up pops only dirty my kids faces.  I can handle that.

Jolly Llama starts with the belief that frozen treats should be made with only the healthiest, highest quality ingredients.  The founder, Scott Jacobson is a French Culinary Institute trained chef who created a different fruit sorbet flavor every day at his restaurant, more than 400 flavors.  He wanted to bring those creations outside of his restaurant and Jolly Llama was born.  And if you are wondering about the name, Scott heard on the news that the Dalai Lama was in town and it reminded him of the gentle farm llamas he’d watched as a child.  He was struck by the play on words:  Jolly Llama, the Peaceful Treat.

These pops are good, they are not too sweet and really taste like real fruit.  My kids loved them at least as much as I did and when I asked them if they would choose one of those blue ice pops they get at camp or one of these natural pops they all chose Jolly Llama.  If I only I could get the camp to make the change.

These pops are similar to The Power of Fruit frozen fruit bars I discovered last year, both use real fruit and little to no sugar.   The main difference is these are sorbet pops and the consistency is smoother.  Both are excellent choices for taste and health.

 Jolly Llama - The Peaceful Treat Real Fruit Sorbet Squeezeups are Dairy Free, Fat Free, Gluten Free, average of 80 calories each, 50% of Vitamin A & C.  They are certified kosher by the Orthodox Union (OU) and are available in many health food stores.