Adult popsicles are on the shelves
Hard Seltzer rocked the beverage market in 2019, forcing brands to flood store and bar shelves. Even beer makers like Bud Light, Coors and Corona jumped into the action, releasing cans of the fruity sparkling and alcoholic beverage.
This summer, the party store’s new find is alcoholic popsicles: iced wine, brandies or cocktails in a plastic pouch like the Fla-Vor-Ice of childhood, but this time with an AVB on the label.
Some claim to be low in calories, which can be misleading considering that there are only a few ounces of actual drink in each soft drink, around 3.4 ounces. A pop will rock you as much as a big sip of Chardonnay would.
Another thing to note is that these are usually sold unfrozen. So if you are planning on buying some for a party, first make sure they have time to freeze.
Here’s how some of the most widely available brands of alcoholic soft drinks measure up.
Cutwater Cocktail Pops: Maker of award-winning spirits, canned cocktails, mixers and now pop cocktails, the flavors of Cutwater are bold. The San Diego-based company’s frozen soft drinks contain no artificial sweeteners and are available in all-natural flavors like lime margarita, rum and cola, gin melon, and vodka mule. You can really taste the ginger in the mule, and the gin melon has a natural watermelon flavor. These cost around $ 22 to $ 25 for a 12 pack. 7% ABV. 80 calories. Available from Kroger and other markets.
Truly Lemonade Freeze Pops: These are really great flavors for the summer. A trusted name in hard seltzer, Truly’s new adult frozen treats come in Original Lemonade, Mango Lemonade, and Strawberry Lemonade. Frozen seltzers are sweeter than hot and sell for around $ 20 for a pack of 12.5 percent ABV. 80 calories. Widely available.
Slim Chillers Skinny Freezers: This company makes frozen soft drinks with wine and spirits. I think their best product is the peach mango bellini cocktail and orange mimosa. To qualify as “skinny,” these versions and the versions of vodka come in a bit high at 100-114 calories. Skinny Threezer pops are three layers of frozen drink, two with a tangy fruit flavor and a third with a cream center, giving it more of a mixer drink vibe. At 160 calories per three ounces, they’re not exactly “skinny” either. Sold in a pack of 8 for $ 18.99. All versions are 8% ABV and the cream in Threezers is 11% ABV. Widely available.
Daily’s Poptails: You may have seen the frozen cocktails of this brand before; they’re not new to the game. Their wine-infused poptails come in strawberry, green apple and watermelon. At $ 14.99 for a 12-pack, they’re the thriftiest of the bunch. 6.8 percent approx. 90 calories. Available at Target and other stores.
Bud Light Seltzer Frozen Icicles: Just released last month, these pops come in lime with cherries, blue raspberries and summer ice cream. They’re Bud Light branded, but they’re frozen seltzer, not beer. Bud Light Seltzer frozen ice cubes are smaller than others at just 2 ounces. 5 percent ABV. 100 calories.