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 102019

Kemps Float Bars

Back to the ice cream section for me! I decided to do another supermarket walk through, this time for Cub Foods, the next closest to my house. As expected there wasn’t really anything till I got to the frozen treats, and then I found these and one other type (post coming soon). These float bars are basically a popsicle shell covering vanilla ice cream, getting the whole soda float vibe. Of course root beer is the flagship flavor, but there’s also orange and grape. Now I’ve never heard of a grape float but I guess that’s a thing, maybe? I don’t really care though, I just needed the root beer. I don’t know if they sell this at all in non-variety packs. All that was in my local Cub was this.

The root beer popsicle part has a very generic and very weak flavor. You can barely make out that it’s root beer. The vanilla ice cream is nice and sweet, but completely overpowers the weaker root beer shell, so it is hardly a root beer float flavor that you get.

Yeah, um, no. I don’t like this at all. The root beer is weaker than those root beer pops, and those were pretty mild. These just fall flat. I don’t recommend them at all. If you want a root beer float bar, look somewhere else.

Mar 132019

HyVee Root Beer Pops BoxHyVee Root Beer PopAnother break from hard candy! Yes there are all manner of root beer food confections and I just need to start searching for them in earnest. So I went to my local HyVee and started searching high and low for anything root beer. Sadly this was the only thing I could find, yet, it was something to find. Plus this is my first frozen treat. I’m not sure how I want to name this category as it isn’t ice cream, maybe I’ll just say Frozen Treats. That can be a thing right? Let me know in the comments if you have a better name for the category ice creams, popsicles and the like. Anyway, how are these things.

They have a mild root beer flavor, of the minty variety, with a nice wintergreen and subtle notes of licorice. They aren’t overly sweet so they aren’t very sticky which makes them quite refreshing. The flavor is a little light, but the whole thing is still rather pleasurable.

It’s cool and refreshing! Just the sort of frozen confection for a hot summer’s day. I wish the root beer flavor were a little stronger, but I think I’d buy them again. They are very reasonably priced and my kids really like them. My wife hated them though. I guess you can’t please everyone.