Saturday, July 14, 2012

FreezyCup homemade frozen treats for summer fun

This summer has been amazingly hot in our neck of the woods. I think we've had 3 official heat waves already this year. Crazy.  Frozen treats are a welcome reprieve from the heat, and can be a good addition to your hydration routine, if done right.  When you make those treats yourself, you have control over the ingredients, especially the sugar content. Plus, it's a big money saver.

We always made our own popsicles when I was growing up. Usually we used plastic molds that came in sets of 6 or 8 in a tray. Sometimes we just used ice cube trays covered with plastic wrap, with toothpicks stuck in.  Whatever juice or drink was in the fridge was fair game. These days, with so many concerns about plastics and BPA, many folks are looking for alternative materials, especially when dealing with food products for their kids.

With this in mind, I was delighted to test out these new Freezycups from Life Without Plastic. These individual frozen treat containers are made with food grade 18-8 stainless steel, are BPA-, lead- and phthalate-free, plus they're 100% recyclable.

I love that these are individual molds, and that they are free-standing. This means you can use odd little spaces in your freezer and not need to find room to lay a whole tray out level. It also means that the mold can be used as a holder when your little one decides they want a break from their treat. Just pop it back in the mold and either pop it back in the freezer or allow it to melt cleanly into its own container, to drink later. These passed the "don't tip over test" on our deck.

These got a thumbs-up from
 junior product tester, Little Boo

See how the cover of the mold collects all the drippy bits?

Every family member can of course choose their own flavour of juice or yogourt to add to their own Freezycup mold. The molds come with both red and blue silicone seals, so you can colour-code for two different treat consumers.

When you remove from the freezer, run a little warm water over the metal mold to loosen the treat. Then take it out and enjoy!

The cover of the mold becomes a shield for the hand while eating your treat. As the popsicle melts, the cover will catch the drips. A word of caution though - remember those drips are there and don't inadvertently spill on yourself! I found I could actually sip the drips off the cover/shield if I was careful. Little Boo found it easier to periodically tip his out into the grass.

Freezycups are sold individually online and retail for $7.95 each. Each cup comes with 3 reusable bamboo sticks and 2 silicone gaskets. Freezycups are dishwasher safe.

Disclosure: I received free product in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions on this blog remain my own.

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