Who doesn’t like something cold and sweet on a hot summer day (or in my case, everyday)?! But it can be hard to find desserts that are safe for those with food allergies. Nuts, dairy and gluten trip us up not only in the bakery aisle, but can be a cross-contamination risk even for simple concoctions like popsicles.
Enter: PhillySwirl. Almost everything in their product line is dairy and gluten-free making them a safe AND delicious choice at the supermarket.
PhillySwirl recently sent me their gluten and dairy-free products. My kids and I had a BALL trying and evaluating all the flavors. They thought their birthdays had come early as I told them, “Kids, we’re going to have to try every flavor of PhillySwirl Italian ices. Sorry.” It was no chore for me either! Here’s what we tried and our impressions:
The classic popsicle – only tastier. Arriving in six interesting flavors, we studiously “evaluated” (read: devoured) each one – giving each other tastes only when begged. The SwirlStix were my personal favorite. Easy to hold, neat to eat, and delicious. Orange Dream was a favorite of my husband and Very Berry was mine (although a close tie with the Applelicious).
My younger son and nephew loved the Swirl Popperz. In fact, when asked for his thoughts, my son said, “These are excellente! [yes, inexplicably in Spanish] Tell PhillySwirl ‘Thank you’!” Still dairy and gluten-free, these had a creamier texture to them which made them easy to push up. I also liked them because the wrapper kept my preschooler from dripping popsicle around the house like Hansel and Gretel’s crumb trail. My nephew was kind enough to let me taste his Rainbow flavored Popper which was fabulous! I’d get these again – perfect for feeding a group of kids in the summer!
Swirl Cups with CandySpoonz
The Swirl Cups were a hit! And, why wouldn’t they be when they contain delicious Italian ice swirls that you eat with lollipop spoons?! A no-brainer! Everyone had a different favorite. What was great is that each flavor tasted like it’s name: Cotton Candy tasted just like….Cotton Candy! The Sunburst was a delicious mix of cherry, orange and lemon (yum!). And the other choices were interesting, too: Cherry Melon, Hurricane (a cherry/lemon), Bluesberry Jam and Rainbow. My kids and my niece and nephews clamored for these. Buy two packs if you can store them – they go fast!
**My niece cleverly pointed out that the nutrition information was printed on each cup, making it extra fantastic for food allergic parents who need to read ingredients without access to the original box. Smart move!**
Thank you to PhillySwirl for good manufacturing practices that allow kids with food allergies (and sometimes adults without them) to enjoy such a fabulous, sweet treat!