September 02, 2013

Ruby's Rockets — cool popsicles for hot days


Way back at the end of June I rceived an email from Julie Hasson from Julie's Kitchenette, alerting me that I'd won the popsicle jackpot —  12 boxes of Ruby's Rockets were coming my way. 12 boxes! It dawned on me that my freezer was pretty full, and I had no idea where I'd put them all. For one reason and another, the posicles didn't arrive until late August, and by that time I had cleared space, filled it up, and cleared it again.


The boxes only contain six single popsicles each, just like the ones you see in the photos, so I didn't need as much space as I though — they all fit neatly onto one shelf.

Ruby's Rockets Web site says:
"Our products are:
  • All Natural
  • Healthy
  • No Sugar Added
  • No Artificial Colors or Flavors
  • Fat Free (Galaxy Green flavor is low-fat)
  • Dairy Free
  • GMO Free
  • Gluten Free*
  • HFCS Free
  • Vegan
  • No eggs
  • No Fillers or Stabilizers
  • Less than 35 Calories per Pop
  • Less than 2 Grams of Sugar per Pop!
Looking for organic ingredients? Over 70% of our ingredients come to us from organic growers.

Ruby’s Rockets are healthy, with natural flavors and added probiotics for digestive and immune support. We’re the first pop of this kind to offer probiotics.

The only colors you see in our pops are the beautiful colors of the fruits and vegetables themselves: the kiwis, spinach and avocados in Galaxy Green, the strawberries, carrots and beets in Rock-It Red, and the yams, oranges and carrots in Orbit Orange."


They are sweetened with organic white grape juice, and of course the natural sweetness of the fruits and veggies. They come in three flavors rocket red, orbit orange and galaxy green. After reading the ingredient list, I chose orbit orange as my first pop to taste, because it sounded the best. Orange, right?


My husband and I each ate a popsicle and enjoyed them. They were refreshing and orange-y but not too sweet. I really couldn't tell there were sweet potatoes and carrots in there.


The next day we sampled the rocket red. I had to be in just the right mood to eat a popsicle with beets, but they were totally delicious.


Even though I've made great strides in the green smoothie arena, and have even come to prefer them to all-fruit smoothies, I have to admit being a little afraid of the galaxy green pops. Did I really want a popsicle with avocado and spinach? I focused on the kiwi and banana and gave it a try. This turned out to be my least favorite of the three flavors, but not because of the two aforementioned foods. To my taste buds, the popsicle had a flavor that reminded me of fruity bubblegum. I ate it, and by the time I got to the end I liked it a lot better, but I probably wouldn't buy it. On the other hand, 5-year-old Miss E said she loved the green pops. "They taste like a frozen kiwi and apple smoothie," said she.

Over all, I enjoyed the Ruby's Rockets. I love that they are such a healthy treat and so low in calories. They are extremely hard, as you might expect an all-fruit and veggie pop to be, so they don't drip much — even when you lick them — making them great for kids! And the natural colors are beautiful.

My popsicles arrived packed in dry ice and ready to pop into the freezer. If you order some, remember to let them sit a bit before tasting them or your tongue will stick. Trust me on that.

*fyi, the popsicles are manufactured in a facility that uses wheat, nuts and dairy.

26 comments:

  1. What a fun win! That's pretty amazing that they arrived perfectly frozen. I've had things shipped with cool packs before, but they only had to stay cool, not completely frozen. I can see why it's necessary to hold off before putting tongue to pop!

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    1. They arrived hard as rocks — or should I say icicles. The dry ice was pretty impressive!

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  2. These sound great! And thanks for the tips on the tongue-sticking and (lack) of dripping: a perfect review.

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    1. I would have been remiss had I let anyone else attach their tongue to a popsicle, no matter how delicious. :)

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  3. you have a huge freezer! The pops sound really refreshing, and healthy. That's nice in itself.
    I think I'd be most excited about the part where I receive DRY ICE in the mail!

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    1. The freezer isn't as big as it looks — it's so narrow that it's hard to get things in and out. It's way bigger than the little ones on the top of refrigerators, though. The boxes are pretty small.

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  4. I have never heard of those popsicles, but they sound fantastic! It is so hard to find a popsicle without sugar and without artificial sweeteners. I have gotten used to having to make my own when I want one, but now I will keep my eyes open for these--so much easier and they have great ingredients!

    Courtney

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    1. I think the popsicle company is pretty new, and is in the process of expanding their market. They aren't available locally in very many places, yet, but can be ordered online. Not sure what shipping charges might be.

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  5. I'm actually really curious to try the avocado spinach pops!!

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    1. They were interesting, to be sure. I've had avocado pie and avocado ice cream, both of which I loved. Everyone has different tastes and I recommend trying them all!

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  6. You ate beets! You ate beets! I love all those natural ingredients. If you ever forget to scrape your granita you can always eat it as a giant frozen pop! :D

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    1. Yes, a lot has happened while you were away. I even had and enjoyed green smoothies.

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  7. My daughter would have been super thrilled to have these!

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    1. They would be perfect for her! Not only brightly colored and non-messy, but delicious, too.

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  8. Awesome looking popsicles - I would love to have some - it's really hot today in Spain. I have never heard of Ruby's Rockets, but love how compact they are, plus they are gluten-free! The three flavors sound pretty wicked - I would love to try the Galaxy Green (green is my favorite color), but I would love to try the Ruby's Rockets instead! Thanks for the review!

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    1. I don't think they will ship the popsicles to Spain. :D

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  9. My freezer would hold exactly one of those pops. do you still have the wrapper stuck to your tongue? That green galaxy scares me.You are very brave.

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    1. It wasn't the wrapper that stuck to my tongue, it was the popsicle itself. I felt like one of those hapless kids who sticks their tongue onto an icicle. Ouch.

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    2. Yes, but I imagine it was better than licking an electric socket.

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    3. Yes, I imagine it was. But it did leave my tongue numb and wonky for quite a while.

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  10. Ooh thank you for the recommendation! I love popsicles.

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    1. Thee Ruby's Rockets are very different from "normal" popsicles. Different and, in my opinion, better!

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  11. Thank you so much for the review, Andrea. We just wanted to let everyone know that by the end of September we'll be in a lot more stores in WA, and in OK and FL. Follow us in social media and check our website for weekly updates to the store locator. And thanks so much to everyone for your interest!

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    1. You're welcome! I saw that you were in one Seattle store, but it's so far from where we live. I hope to see Ruby's Rockets closer to my house.

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  12. mmm these looks great! you get to be a kid but not feel guilty about it :)

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    1. Not feeling guilty about a delicious snack is exactly right.

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