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Popbar Passion fruit popSorbetto with Vegan Chocolate

You Can Handcraft and Customize Vegan Pops at Popbar NYC

When many people hear the word vegan, the words tasty and delicious don’t usually come to mind. However, we’re here to tell you why you’ll absolutely be using those words and some others to describe these frozen vegan treats. You may remember our delicious WafflePop experience at Popbar NYC, so we had to go back to try the Vegan Pops at Popbar NYC.

All of Popbar’s popSorbettos are vegan and come in wonderfully delicious flavors such as Strawberry, Passion Fruit, Blood Orange, Mixed Berry, Pineapple, and more. Their dark chocolate, caramel chocolate, and mint chocolate dippings are vegan as well. They also boast vegan toppings like sprinkles, crushed hazelnuts, almonds, pistachios, and coconut, so you can customize your vegan pop any way you want. We had the opportunity to do just that, trying three flavors of the vegan pops at Popbar NYC; and as we expected, every bite was divine.

1ST VEGAN POP – Passion Fruit popSorbetto with vegan Dark Chocolate and Chili Powder

Popbar Passion fruit popSorbetto with Vegan Chocolate

First, the Passion Fruit popSorbetto is incredible on its own, the perfect combination of tart and sweet. We decided to get it half dipped in and drizzled with dark chocolate (which is also gluten-free), then topped with some chili powder for a nice kick. I loved this flavor combination, it was an incredibly delicious way to begin this vegan snack.

2ND VEGAN POP – Mixed Berries popSorbetto with vegan Dark Chocolate and Coconut

For the 2nd of our three vegan pops at Popbar, we were inspired by chocolate covered cherries; hence, the Mixed Berries popSorbetto fully dipped in dark chocolate and covered in shredded coconut. It’s hard to believe, especially as this looks so delicious, but this is still an all vegan treat. Needless to say, it went down quickly.

3RD VEGAN POP – Blood Orange popSorbetto with Caramel Chocolate and Chocolate Sprinkles

Popbar Blood Orange popSorbetto with Vegan Chocolate

We definitely had to make room for the third vegan popsicle but it was worth it. We decided to try something a bit different; flavors you wouldn’t think about at first. You will love the sweet citrusy blood orange flavor half dipped in vegan caramel chocolate. The chocolate sprinkles are an added bonus. The flavors don’t overpower each other, they play quite nicely together on your palate.

The best thing about these vegan pops is the fact that they don’t taste vegan at all!! So if your circle is filled with vegans, carnivores, and gluten-free friends, you can all enjoy a delicious Popbar Popsicle handcrafted to your tastes and needs. Happy snacking!

There’s Always Time for Tea w/ These Uncommon Tea-Based Products

We are tea lovers, no doubt about it, so we’re always looking for new, exotic flavors to enjoy and of course, new methods. Most people enjoy tea two ways: a hot cup (with or without milk) or as a tall glass of iced; we’re here to tell you there are other, uncommon, and delicious ways to enjoy this wonderful infused drink, and we’re going to share them with you now. We love a good cup of the hot herbal brew, and a cooling glass of it iced as much as the next person, but let’s face it, that can get boring, there’s no excitement in it. If you’re ready to indulge in some unique and sophisticated flavored treats, save the following brands to memory, because you will want them on your next grocery shopping list: Tea-rrific, Brewla Bars, and The Owl’s Brew, for their products prove you can have and enjoy tea anytime.

TEA-RRIFIC ICE CREAM

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Are you ready for a little love affair? Forgive us if this gets a little R-rated but once you taste any of these orgasmic tea-flavored ice creams. We hope you’re ready for spoonfuls of intense joy because once you begin eating out of any of these pints, you will not put it down. Fair warning, be fully prepared to eat it all. Tea-rrific is everything we imagined, and much more. We tried and failed to limit ourselves to just a few scoops, but we are powerless to these exotic ice cream flavors, which include the following: Earl Grey, Chai, Chamomile, Matcha, and Lavender. Whether you’re a tea lover, ice cream lover or whatever, you will fall under the spell of these sinfully decadent and flavorful ice creams. We would have included photos of the ice cream itself out of the pints, but that would only happen if the ice cream lasted longer than 3 minutes in our possession. Behold the available six flavors in all their delicious glory:

Masala Chai – a warm blend of Assam black and rooibos teas with sweet aromatic and peppery spices

Ginger Matcha – a sweet bite of fresh ginger perfectly balanced with delicate grassy notes of premium Matcha green

Lavender’s Blueberry – a sweet floral blend of black tea and lavender with a fresh blueberry puree

Chamomile – Notes of apple and honey from Egyptian chamomile flowers.

Chunky London Mist – malty and citrusy notes of Earl Grey with a hint of vanilla, rich semi-sweet Belgian chocolate flakes, and buttery roasted pecan chunks

London Mist – malty and citrusy notes of Earl Grey enhanced with a hint of vanilla

We see a future full of multiple trips to Whole Foods, Fairway, Dean & Deluca, and may other retail locations to get our fix, but if they ever sell out, we can always buy our favorite flavors directly from the tea-rrific online store. Make room in your freezer, but don’t worry, it won’t be for long.

BREWLA SPECIALTY BREWED BARS

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Another great way to enjoy your tea, especially on these incredibly hot summer days, is as a popsicle….yes a tea popsicle. You may remember the name Brewla Specialty Brewed Bars from our recent popsicle story, and since they are made with teas such as red, white, hibiscus, and chamomile, they are a perfect fit to highlight. Get ready to say goodbye to boring glasses of iced tea, and indulge in one or more of these antioxidant-rich, fresh fruits, and tea frozen bars. Enjoy Brewla’s delicious and refreshing tastes, while enriching your body with essential vitamins and minerals. Along with its nutrients, Brewla bars are caffeine-free, gluten-free, Kof-K kosher certified, and are available four flavor varieties, including  Cherry Pomegrante + Red Tea (The Hero), Peach Ginger + White Tea (The Lullaby), Tropical Fruits + White Tea (The Luau), and Strawberry + Hibiscus Tea (The Lifeguard).  They are especially great as a portable way to stay cool. Are you ready to indulge? check out the Brewla Bars store locator to find retailers near you.

OWL’S BREW TEA COCKTAIL MIXERS

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For those of you who may be sticklers for having your tea in it’s traditional, drinkable form, may I present to you…….a twist. The Owl’s Brew tea cocktail mixers offer a way to enjoy the finest, and your most favorite teas, in delicious cocktails. Their fresh-brewed and bottled tea cocktail mixers are the first ever teas crafted just for cocktails. The Owl’s Brew’s all-natural mixers are brewed up from whole tea leaves, fruits, spices, herbs, and are available in four flavors: The Classic (a blend of English Breakfast and lemon peel, with lemon juice and lime juice), Coco-Lada (a blend of black tea, chai spices, coconut pieces and pineapple juice), Pink & Black (our favorite – a blend of black tea, hibiscus, lemon peel, and splashed with strawberry and lemon juices), and White and Vine (a blend of white tea, pomegranate, lemon peel, and watermelon juice). Their delicious taste will knock your tea-loving socks off, and may have you leaving the old regular iced tea behind.

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We recently got reacquainted with the tea cocktail mixers (we first discovered them last year at another event) at one of their events, where curated cocktails were served to a very appreciative crowd.  That evening, we indulged in the following cocktails: Pink and Black Grouse (mixed with The Black Grouse Whiskey), New Market Float (mixed with ice cream and the Famous Grouse Whiskey), and a Malt and Tea (mixed with Zyr Vodka and pineapple). If you love a good cocktail and are a fan of teas (or not, either way, you’ll be happy), grab a one or two of this ebony-hued bottle, you won’t regret it.

Treat on a Stick: Not Your Ordinary Popsicles from Ruby Rockets, Brewla, & Sun Tropics

When we think of summer refreshment and relief from the heat, we think of cold, refreshing popsicles. There’s nothing more satisfying than opening up our freezer, feeling that initial blast of cold air and continuing that feeling with a delicious, and healthy frozen fruit bar. How else can you cool down from the inside out on a blistering hot summer day? We stock up on popsicles during the summer, and while we’ve mostly stuck to one brand, we were introduced to some really cool (no pun intended) frozen bars at the Fancy Food Show, that has us re-thinking our “plain jane” pops, not just because of flavor, but health as well. We have truly become obsessed with the frozen treats from Brewla Bars,  Ruby Rockets, and Sun Tropics.

Ruby Rockets Fruit and Veggie Pops

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We already love popsicles because they’re a great way to enjoy a delicious snack without tons of calories but what if they provided you with all the daily intake of essential fruits and vegetables you needed? Say hello to Ruby Rockets, a veggie & fruit popsicle that’s as healthy as it is delicious. This vitamin and nutrient-rich popsicle boasts low-sugar, only 40 calories, made without any artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, is Gluten-free, Dairy-free, and Vegan, and is the first and only non-dairy popsicle with probiotics. What makes Ruby Rockets extra special to us, besides its deliciousness, is that it was created by an actress from one of our all-time favorite movies, Wendy Makkena of Sister Act, who initially created these for her children, out of her own kitchen.

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Ruby Rockets fruit and veggie pops is available in eight delicious flavors including: Rock-It Red (strawberries, bananas, carrots, organic lemon, sweet potato, and beets), Orbit Orange (organic oranges, sweet potatoes, carrots, bananas, lemons, and strawberries) and Galaxy Green (organic kiwifruit, avocados, green apples, bananas, and spinach), Celestial Cherry (dark sweet cherry, acerola cherry, yumberry, pomegranate, tomatoes and beets), Far Out Fudge (organic dates, açai, sweet potato, beets, and fair-trade Dutch Cocoa), Meteorite Mango (pineapple, passionfruit, mango, organic butternut squash, and sweet potato), Gravity Grape (concord grapes, blueberries, açai, purple, and organic sweet potatoes) and Planetary Pink Lemonade (pomegranate, goji berry, purple sweet potato, strawberries, lemon, and butternut squash). Rubu Rockets is available at Gristedes, Union Market, Kosher Marketplace, Babeth’s Feast “Frozen Grocery Store” and retail for $4.99, for a box of six delicious pops.

Brewla Bars Specialty Brewed Bars

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You’re quite familiar with our tea obsession, so these popsicles should come as no surprise to you. We’ve actually created our own frozen ice tea pops during summer but Brewla Bars takes it to a whole new delicious level. We are wowed by not only the unique flavor combinations but the health benefits as well. Created by brother and sister team, Daniel and Rebecca Dengrove, these amazing popsicles combine the health benefits of various vitamins and minerals, the delicious tastes of fresh fruit, and the antioxidants of some of your favorite teas, to bring you five unique popsicle flavors that are sure to blow you away. The caffeine-free, gluten-free, Kof-K kosher certified specialty brewed, frozen bars are available in Cherry Pomegrante + Red Tea (The Hero), Peach Ginger + White Tea (The Lullaby), Tropical Fruits + White Tea (The Luau), and Strawberry + Hibiscus Tea (The Lifeguard), all of which are boosted with various nutrients, and for those of you want a frozen treat that’s not necessarily fruit-based, you’ll love Brewla’s Craft Brewed Root Beer Float (The Doctor).

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All flavors, with the exception of The Doctor, are Vegan, are 50 calories or less, and are sweetened with all-natural sugar cane. Trust us when we say, tea time will never be the same again. Grab a box of five Brewla Bars for $5.99 – $6.99 each at store locations near you. As Brewla says, “Lick well, Live well”.

Sun Tropics Frozen Fruit Bars

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This is no ordinary fruit popsicle. We’re typically used to popsicle that have 50% fruit juice, most are made that way, but the Sun Tropics Frozen Fruit Bars are very different because they’re made out of freshly frozen fruits, not fruit juice, and we’re delighted to see that these are all tropical fruits. It’s like taking your taste buds on a delicious tropical vacation. You won’t find these exotic fruits readily available (with the exception of the mango) at your local supermarket or most fruit stands. Each Non-GMO, and dairy-free Sun Tropics frozen fruit bar is packed with real tropical fruit, so every bite is like biting into an icy piece of the various fruits! It contains nothing artificial and is sweetened with cane sugar (no corn syrup here). Snag a box of four of these exotic fruit bars for $5.99, at Whole Foods, Target, Safeway, or at a select retailer near you.

Long, Hot Summer? Cool Down with a Basil Hayden’s Bourbon Popsicle

Yesterday was a very hot day. Before the rains came down and saved us all from melting, our lips were practically glued to bottles of water. While water did help keep us hydrated, we needed much more to cool down. One of our favorite frozen treats to help us stay cool and happy on those scorching summer days are Popsicles. We have enjoyed quite a few this summer and are always on the lookout for new, fun recipes to try. While Popsicles are always fun for kids of all ages, we’re concentrating on ones for the 21-and-over crowd. We came across two Popsicle recipes created by Molecular Mixologist, Rob Floyd – Basil Hayden’s® Berry American Popsicle and Basil Hayden’s® Spiced Chocolate Popsicle, that are sure to be a hit during these sweltering summer days. They’re frozen cocktails on a stick – what could be better! Are you ready to enjoy a Basil Hayden’s Bourbon Popsicle this summer?
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Whether you’re at the pool, relaxing on your back/front porch, or entertaining friends, these Basil Hayden’s Bourbon popsicles will make great summer treats. the perfect snack to cool you down from the heat the best way we know how – with bourbon! The recipes, which are made with Basil Hayden’s trademark spicy bourbon and delicious fruit or decadent chocolate, are very easy to make and we’re sharing them with you today.

Basil Hayden’s® Berry American

7 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
1 1/2 parts Elderflower Syrup
2 parts Water
2 parts Fresh Lime Juice
4-5 Strawberries, medium size
12 Blueberries
Poke a hole in each blueberry and soak in 4 parts of bourbon for 30 minutes. Set aside.
Add strawberries to cocktail shaker and muddle.
Add fresh lime juice, Elderflower syrup, remaining bourbon and water to the cocktail shaker and shake hard.
Add to the popsicle molds.
Add three bourbon-soaked blueberries to each mold and freeze.

Basil Hayden’s® Spiced Chocolate

2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
16 parts Low Fat Milk
1 1/2 parts Unsweetened Chocolate
1 1/2 parts Sugar
1 bar of Dark Chocolate (4 oz bar)
4-5 dashes of Chipotle Chili Pepper
In a saucepan over low heat, combine milk, unsweetened chocolate, sugar and dark chocolate.
Warm, and stir continuously until all ingredients are combined (Do not boil).
Remove from heat and let cool.
Add bourbon and chipotle chili pepper and stir.
Add to popsicle mold and freeze.

Are your mouths watering yet? Why not try one or both of these delicious Popsicle recipes this summer  as temperatures continue to rise, you’ll thank us for it.