When Life has me running around like the proverbial red ant in a hot skillet, few things can cool me down and get me to relax like a good frozen dessert. What’s that? You’ve forsworn frozen desserts? Too much sugar and too many calories, you say? Not at all; it’s merely a question of choosing the right frozen dessert, one that won’t go straight to your waistline or cause the kids to bounce off the walls from a sugar high. And that is where Mompops come in.
Mompops are no-sugar-added frozen pops, in flavors like Mango and Coconut Cream and Chocolate Banana. They’re all gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, and dairy-free (the “cream” aspect is provided by coconut milk), so they’re ideal for vegans and people with special dietary needs. These pops are all under 100 calories, yet they’re not miniatures; it really seems as though you’re having a full-size frozen dessert, because you are.
Most Mompops are sweetened with organic agave nectar. However, Issa Ostrander, the son in the mother-and-son team that started this business, has told me they sometimes run across people who are allergic to tequila and, therefore, allergic to agave (agave is the plant from which tequila is made). For these folks, or those who don’t care for agave, there are always a few seasonal alternative pops, made only with fresh fruit. Their Cantaloupe, Watermelon, and Strawberry-Banana flavors fall into this category, as do other flavors. Whenever possible Mompops are made with locally sourced produce as well.
I tried the Strawberry Cream at a recent food festival. In the midst of a big crowd with too much going on, it was a refreshing treat. It wasn’t too sweet or too heavy, just filled with good flavors and very satisfying. I know kids would go crazy over these, but I can see them being a big hit with adults, as well. Given that people, especially children and teens, love treats, doesn’t it make sense to have them eat treats that aren’t filled with junk ingredients? Parents can feel good about giving their kids both a tasty treat and a fruit-packed nutritious snack at the same time.
Mompops is based in Chester County, PA. They don’t offer online ordering, as you might guess, but they’re beginning to slowly expand their distribution into Farmers’ Markets and retail stores, especially in and near Philadelphia — check the location page for specifics. Their Facebook and Twitter listings are updated daily during the summer, as far as where they’ll be when and what flavors they’ll have that day.
Photos courtesy of Mompops