Otter Pops

Otter Pops

Otter Pops

A Brief History of Freeze Pop

How the Icy Treats That Dominated Your Childhood Are Faring in the Modern World (Source: Www.eater.com)What Are Freeze Pops?

A freeze pop is a frozen treat very similar to a popsicle, but instead of being consumed off a stick, it comes in a clear plastic tube. The thin plastic pouch is about an inch thick and varies in length, though most are around 10 inches long. It’s sealed on all ends, and requires the consumer to rip open the top to access the sweet ice inside. It’s consumed simply by squeezing and pushing the ice, which melts quickly, out of the tube. Perhaps the biggest difference between popsicles and freeze pops are that they are sold unfrozen, ready to be… popped into the freezer. This means they’re easier and cheaper to manufacture and ship, and therefore cost less than other iced treats. (Source: www.eater.com)

What Are They Made Of?

Freeze pops are made from sweetened, colored, and flavored water. Ingredients include high fructose corn syrup, juice from concentrate, citric acid, sodium benzoate, and potassium sorbate — two preservatives used to prevent bacterial growth. The nutritional value is scant; each pop contains a couple of grams of sugars and carbohydrates. Artificial flavors and colorings are used to give the pops their distinct fruitiness and bright hue. Flavors vary depending on the brand but some classics are Fla-vor-ice’s strawberry and Otter Pops’ grape. (Source: www.eater.com)

www.eater.com)Who Makes Them?The best selling brands — Fla-vor-ice, Otter Pops, and Pop-Ice — are all made by Jel Sert, a snack foods company based in Illinois that has a tight grip on the freeze pop market. (Source:

What’s in a Name?

Freeze pop, icee, Otter Pop — no one seems to agree on what to call the frozen treat. Some name preferences fall along regional lines, with people referring to them by whatever brand name is popular where they live. Consumers on the West Coast mostly call them Otter Pops. People from the East Coast usually call them Fla-vor-ice. Officially, according to their makers, “Fla-vor-ice is East of the Rockies and Otter Pops is West of the Rockies,” Wegner says. “We were the first in the market with Fla-vor-ice, with this concept. So similar to Kleenex or Xerox, it was nice to be able to have that identity early on, where the brand name pretty much becomes the product itself.” (Source: www.eater.com)

www.eater.com)Are There Any Differences Between Fla-Vor-Ice A quick look at their ingredient list shows that Fla-vor-ice and Otter Pops are the exact same product, a colorful mix of water and corn syrup. Even the flavors, though they have different names, are suspiciously similar. (Source:and Otter Pops?

Wait, I Could Swear That Some of the Flavors Are Different, Though — Right?

Fla-vor-ice sells an assorted pack with its original flavors (lemon-lime, berry punch, grape, strawberry, orange, and tropical punch), and a tropical pack that includes banana, pineapple, and tropical punch pops. (Source: www.eater.com)

Are Freeze Pops Available Outside America?

Jel Sert is interested in expanding their brands internationally, but “it is not a top priority,” says Wegner. So for now, Fla-vor-ice and Otter Pops won’t be found outside of the U.S. But other countries have their own versions of freeze pops. (Source: www.eater.com)

The Tweet Spawned the Hashtag #boycottotterpops.

Otter Pops, the classic children's snack brand, is being hit with calls for a boycott after walking back a statement of support for the Black Lives Matter movement and reneging on an offer to provide popsicles to protesters in Portland. (Source: www.wweek.com)

www.insider.com)Otter Pops Go Brown After Ditching ArtifOtter Pops — known for their vibrant pops of blue, red, orange and green — are now "colorless." (Source:icial Ingredients

www.acco.org)Acco Joins the Otter Pop Vibes Tour to Bring Refreshment and Fun to SoutheACCO is pleased to join the first-ever Otter Pop Vibes Tour bringing the Otter Pops Beach Bungalow across Southern California to share tasty Otter Pop treats and highlight the fun and excitement of the Southern California lifestyle! (Source:rn California!

www.acco.org)#goodwillchill, Otter Pops, and the Take a Pop, Share aWhy is ACCO joining with the Otter Pop Vibes Tour? Because not only is it fun, but it’s helping kids with cancer! (Source: Smile Program

#goodwillchill: Jel Sert & Acco’s Partnership for Kids With Cancer

Thanks to this amazing #GoodWillChill partnership that launched in 2008, the Jel Sert Company has been a long-standing and steadfast partner with ACCO in the fight against childhood cancer. For instance, in addition to its important Take a Pop, Share a Smile program, Jel Sert has incorporated the gold ribbon, the internationally-recognized awareness symbol for childhood cancer, into the packaging of many of its products, including Fla-Vor-Ice freezer pops, Otter Pops, and Pop-Ice. (Source: www.acco.org)

Why Does Such a Simple Dessert Have so Many Names?


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