May 082019

Kemps Pop Jr.'s
A while ago I was back in Cub Foods, getting some manner of groceries and I figured, hey, maybe there’s some new root beer frozen treat in the cooler. I don’t know why there would be. I doubt the stores change their stockings that frequently. Yet, there they were, more Kemps’ variety packs with a root beer in it. I don’t know why these are Pops Jr.’s. They look pretty regular sized to me. The same size as the float bars. Maybe a true pop are one of those double stick things and the juniors are single sticks? Would that mean the float bars were also juniors, even though they weren’t called that? I’m probably over thinking this.

It has a mild and generic root beer flavor that’s a little too weak yet still refreshing. There’s a minty hint to it as well which is nice, but you can only really notice that if you bite it, and if you have cold sensitivity on your teeth that could be a problem.

The flavor seems to be the same as their Float Bars recipe, which makes sense, but it’s stronger here as you don’t have the vanilla ice cream overpowering it. So in that respect I’ll say these are closer to the sort of root beer pop you’d want, but I still think it still falls short, and I don’t recommend it if looking for a root beer treat.

Apr 242019

Jonny Pops Root Beer Float and Cream
As I mentioned previously, while perusing the frozen aisle in Cub Foods, I found the Kemps Float Bars I also found these Jonny Pops. Jonny Pops is one of those companies committed to simple, wholesome ingredients and what not, and there are very few listed here, one of which is organic root beer flavor. And real cream. Not ice cream, but cream. It’s interesting that this is called Root Beer Float and Cream. Like, root beer float is already creamy, that’s the float part. Adding extra cream seems … excessive? They are also rather expensive, which is to be expected from one of those premium brands, but also only have 3 in a box, which is just, really? I mean usually you’d expect at least a four-pack, which makes these extra expensive.

Boy is this creamy. I mean, it is just a vanilla cream flavor. Is there any root beer in there? I strain my taste buds to the limit. Yes, there’s a slightest hint of root beer, hidden deep beneath the rich cream. But, it’s hard to distinguish and I can’t tell much about it.

Yeah, too much cream. That said, these are delicious, but not root beer delicious. More like cream delicious. If you didn’t tell anyone they were root beer float and cream, they wouldn’t know. So I’m gonna say, pass on these. They’re pricey and fail to deliver on one of the advertised flavors, despite being yummy. Maybe try their other flavors.

Apr 172019

Peeps Root Beer Float

Since it’s Easter week I thought I’d do a nice Easter candy post. And there are few Easter candies more iconic than the Peep. Those marshmallow sugar coated chicks (and rabbits) that always get Easter grass stuck to their sticky sides. They’re a really love ’em or hate ’em type of candy, and I love them. This year they made some special, limited edition flavors, including root beer float. Sadly, they were only available at Kroger and there are none of those near me at all. Thankfully Ebay exists and so I was able to acquire some.

It’s a peep, first and foremost, so it’s that sugar covered marshmallow flavor. The sugar has a decent root beer flavor, that mixes with the marshmallow to give the float effect. The root beer flavor is mild and generic, but no one would ever expect or even want a strong flavor in a peep. The fact that the sugary, marsmallowy confection has a distinct root beer flavor at all is enough for me.

So, I like them. They achieve the goal of retaining the experience of a standard Peep while augmenting it with a passable root beer float flavor. Which, I have found as I embark on this root beer product evaluating journey of mine, is harder to do than it would initially seem. So stuff your baskets full of these, because they won’t be around forever.