An ice pop is a essentially a ‘water-based frozen snack’ whose entomological use has been found to vary from region to region. For example in Australia and New Zealand, it is referred to as a popsicle and in the UK and India it is called a ’pop lolly’.
From a production perspective, ice pops are usually made by ‘freezing flavored liquids (such as fruit juice) around a stick’. This entire process is carried out with the help of a specialized device known as a ‘tongue depressor’.
During the production process, the base juice is usually coloured and is then set in plates (design can vary) till the liquid freeze and eventually solid solidifies. The stick can then be used as a handle to hold and retrieve the lolly.
In some cases, users may want to freeze the base solution without a stick, in such a case the variant is referred to as a ‘freezie’.
From a historical point of view, Frank Epperson (from Oakland, California) was the first person to popularize ice pops after having patenting the concept of “frozen ice on a stick” in 1923. Mr. Epperson eventually sold the rights of his unique creation to the Joe Lowe Company in New York City. According to certain sources, Fran claims to have first created an ice pop in 1905 at the age of 1.
He attributes this to a mistake which led him to accidentally leave a ‘glass of powdered soda and water with a mixing stick in it on his porch during a cold night’. Lastly, an alternative to store made popsicles is by making them at home, using fruit juices or any other freezable beverage. Traditional methods make use of ice cube trays and toothpicks, although today there are also many specific mould trays available for such a purpose.
About Pops Ice Popsicles
Pops Ice Popsicles have been described as a ‘premium popsicle’ that not only offer good taste, but are also made of the highest quality ingredients possible. The products are made in Britain using only naturally harvested components and nutrients.
The company was launched in the year 2014, when two old school friends, James and Harry, after conducting immense market research, found that there was a gap in the market for a ‘contemporary, unique ice based snack food’. According to the official website, their vision is to ‘incorporate the nostalgia of a popsicle with the luxury attributes associated with modern flavours’ .
The first product that was released for mass consumption was ‘Classic : Champagne,’ the world’s first Champagne based ice popsicle. Soon word spread about the product and by 2015, the company introduced three new products in the market.
Pops Ice Popsicles Product Range
(i) Classic Champagne: as mentioned previously, this variant comes infused with a hint of champagne to give it a tangy, zest flavour. From a compositional standpoint, each serve contains alcohol that has been measured at 4.2% v/v. Similarly, there are only 52 calories per stick, thus it is ideal as a snack or dessert option.
(ii) Bellini Prosecco and Peach: this one is catered towards those customers who like a bit of fruitiness in their popsicles. Each serving comes loaded with a soft infusion of natural fruit extracts which are easy on the palate. Similarly, there is only a miniscule 3.8% alcohol present in the product. Thus, it is ideal as an after dinner snack.
Lastly, each stick contains approximately 77 calories within it.
(iii) Strawberry and Mint: this alcohol free popsicle has been designed for everyone. Each serving has been crafted using freshly harvested strawberries and mint extracts. Thus, the flavour is immediately striking and also leaves a sweet aftertaste, which lingers on for quite a while. There are only 45 calories within each popsicle.
(iv) Apple, Elderflower: this is probably the mellowest flavour out of the lot. The natural ingredients provide users with a subtle taste that is rich and satisfying. Each serve contains 58 calories and is free of any alcohol content.
Pops Ice Popsicles has been highly well received by the crowd in general. Many celebrities have also endorsed the product, some of whom include Jamie Liang, Poppy Delevigne. Satisfied customers include Jamie S who says ‘ Much better than i expected. Will buy again for sure’. Similarly, Todd K says ‘I had never even conceived of a product that infused alcohol in a popsicle. Much Props, Big Fan’.
Pops Ice Popsicles Pricing And Availability
Pops can be purchased either through retailers or in bulk via the official webstore. There is a full list of regional stockists who have the product for retail. The price listings may vary, thus it may be of use to do a bit of online searching first.