Peelable Ice Cream Pops – Freaky but True!

Those who know me well know that I really look forward to the weekend, but not for the reasons you may think. I love like to go through the weekend flyers. It’s kind of my guilty pleasure.

This weekend as I was looking at all the brightly packaged convenience foods in the Wal-Mart flyer, my eyes were drawn to a blue package with a cute little cartoon monkey peeling a banana. I was intrigued. How did they finally manage to package bananas? I had to investigate.

Peelin Pops

From Nestle.com:

“Many would think that a peelable ice cream is unbelievable….this playful eating experience can be enjoyed in the form of an innovative, fun and unusual ice cream stick.”

Sounds like a great time doesn’t it? NOT! Let’s investigate further. Flip the box over and here are the not so playful ingredients (brace yourself):

“WATER, SUGAR, MODIFIED MILK INGREDIENTS, GLUCOSE, MILK INGREDIENTS, COCONUT OIL, CITRIC ACID, CARRAGEENAN, CAROB BEAN GUM, MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES, CELLULOSE GUM, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, MONOSTEARATE, MONOSODIUM PHOSPHATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOUR, COLOUR.”

Where’s the banana? Obviously other than the water and perhaps the coconut oil, there is nothing in these pops that should be ingested, especially by our children. Shame on Nestle for promoting these as a cool experience for children.

Instead of filling our kiddies up with chemicals and additives I’ve got a recipe that is super quick and easy to whip up and have in your freezer for hot days.

 

Libby’s Ice Cream Popsmilk pop

1 cup of milk (or yogurt or kefir or non dairy milk)

1 tbsp maple syrup (or honey)

1 banana

6 popsicle sticks

 

1. Twirl it all around in your blender.

2. Pour into glass shot glasses**. This may seem obvious but I learned the hard way that the glasses have to be wider on the top. :)

milk pops

3. Pop them into the freezer then add popsicle sticks after a couple hours or once the milk has thickened slightly, then allow them to freeze completely.

4. Enjoy! I know my kids sure did.

*This makes about 6 shot glasses worth of pops.

**I only use glass for these. I’m really distrusting of plastic…all plastic.

***I know my final pop picture is a little super cheesy. The kids and I were being silly. I also realized after I had put them in the freezer that I was out of small popsicle sticks so the kids got a more generous handle this time around 😀

 

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  • Tina Migs

    To be honest I have never heard of these before, but I have to shake my head at the ingredients, wheres the banana in them. Wow Libby though thank you for sharing your easy recipe, they look really yummy and quick to make. Definatley bookmarking this and can not wait to try them. PS really enjoying your blog :-)

    • eatplaylovemore

      Thanks for the kind words Tina. I had never heard of these before either but that’s probably because they don’t sell them at the health food store 😛

  • BB

    I am so horrified by what is being produced, marketed and being consumed by children now days. Its such a shame that the lengths big companys are going through to make money, while sacrificing the health of others. Its a good reminder as a parent the importance of reading labels and trying to set a good foundation for my child about how important good nutrition really is.

  • Rachel Ramey

    What the heck are “milk ingredients”?! 😛

    Thank you for this much-healthier recipe!

    • eatplaylovemore

      I was wondering the same thing myself Rachel. Sounds sketchy to me and probably worthy of a future post. Thanks for visiting! :)

  • TJP

    It’s funny timing that you post something about these b/c I saw these live for the first time this weekend! My kids were playing with some of the neighborhood kids and their mother came out with a box of these and handed one each to my kids! Luckily I was out there to intervene so that my kids avoided these. I didn’t get a chance to read the ingredients there and then but now that you listed them I will forward this post to my neighbor. Maybe she was unaware?

    • eatplaylovemore

      Good Luck TJP! Hope she’s open to some gently guidance. 😀

  • Theressa

    I’ve never seen these but I’m not surprised. When I think about those multicolored ice Popsicles I used to eat as a child I feel gross. Yours look WAY more healthy AND they have actual banana flavor! Go figure.

  • Lissa

    Thanks for the simple recipe. I think I sometimes make things more difficult than they need to be,

    • eatplaylovemore

      Happy to help Lissa! Simplicity is best :)

  • http://www.noskinnies.com/ No Skinnies

    Great recipe! I will definitely try it with my kids this summer. It is so irritating that nearly all of the food companies put out “foods” such as the one you found. They put pictures of healthy food on the front and make it look like you will be getting a nutritious snack when instead you might as well drink some sugar water. If only everyone would flip the box over and be more aware of what they are feeding themselves and their children….
    I found you on Allergy Free Wednesdays. My post is for Choc Chip Cookie Dough Brownies. Here’s the link: http://noskinnies.com/blog/2013/5/13/chocolate-chip-cookie-dough-brownies-vegan-gluten-free

    I hope you’ll stop by.
    Thanks!
    http://www.NoSkinnies.com

    • eatplaylovemore

      Thanks for your comment No Skinnies. There really is deception involved in the marketing and packaging of products such as this. It’s really up to each of us to educate ourselves and read labels.

      Thanks for stopping by and I will most definitely check out your blog!

  • Starr

    Whenever I see crap like this I always wonder if the manufacturers actually feed this sh** to their kids??

  • Trisha Eldridge Gilkerson

    What an awesome, fantastic summer treat! And so much better than anything you can buy at the store. I’ll definitely be making these for my boys. Pinning and sharing on facebook. Thanks so much for linking your recipe up on Wellness Wednesdays!

  • Cyn Sadler

    You tricked me! Great way to get me to click the article. I was a bit disappointed that there was not a natural way to make peelable pops., haha, (not that I’m on the hunt for any such item, mind you.)

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