Capitalising on the coconut milk trend and catering to those who are gluten free or vegan, Smooze ice lollies are probably suitable for most people. There are four varieties, all coconut based: Coconut & Mango – 67 calories; Coconut & Pink Guava – 65 calories; Coconut & Pineapple – 68 calories and Simply Coconut – 112 calories.
Actually, it seems that Smooze aren't quite as new as I’d thought. Apparently they were around back in 2012 and were made by Kara – the coconut milk people. This time round they are imported by Think Products Europe Limited and produced in Indonesia.
|Smooze Variety Box - coconut, mango, pineapple, guava|
Smooze are a similar idea. They’re packed in small, palm sized triangular cartons which you have to cut or tear open along the dotted line at the top. You then gently squeeze up the frozen contents (your hand helps to melt it, making it easier to slide up).
Here’s what they say on the box:
‘Smooze is a low calorie, freeze-at-home, tropical treat that is perfect for the whole family. Made simply from freshly-pressed coconut milk, with one taste, you'll know you're eating something good.
Free from dairy, gluten, soy, nuts, artificial sweeteners, colourings and flavourings, Smooze is a portion-controlled, guilt-free indulgence guaranteed to delight; you'll fall in love with Smooze.
Smooze Perfect 10:
- Made with fruit juices and purees
- With freshly pressed coconut milk
- No fruit concentrates
- Creamy, smooth textures
- 0% artificial sweeteners
- 0% preservatives
- 100% dairy free
- 100% gluten free
- 100% nut free
- 100% pure refreshment'
Smooze is sold in boxes of 5 with a single flavour in each pack. However, at the show I purchased a variety multipack of 24 as this worked out cheaper. It also gave me a chance to sample all the different flavours without forking out for a box of each.
Onto the taste. Very nice. I liked them all although the Guava was a bit unusual. I love coconut so that was my favourite. It was exactly like frozen coconut milk.
Parts of them were icy while other parts were creamy. I remember this from when I used to buy Snips in Australia. We never knew whether we’d get a creamy one or an icy one. I think it really depends on how the contents have settled once you pop them into the freezer.
|Smooze ice lollies, frozen and ready to eat|
I might have said these were a healthy ‘kid’s choice’. There is one snag though. They’re all high in sugar! Every one of them has added sugar amounting to around 2.5 teaspoons of sugar per lolly. Definitely not the way to go these days.
Make your own the easy way:
- Buy reduced fat coconut milk (if you want to lower the calories). Buy a pot/tub of organic fruit puree. Mix together and freeze!
- Alternatively, blend a mango or pineapple or strawberry etc., and mix with the coconut milk.
Suitable for Vegetarians; Suitable for Vegans; Kosher; Halal
Nutrition information per 65ml lolly: Coconut & Mango: 67 calories, 2.0g fat, 1.9g saturates, 11.9g carbohydrates, 10.5g sugars, 0.3g protein, 0.01g salt.
Ingredients: Mango juice (48% (from puree), coconut milk 40% (coconut cream, water), natural cane sugar, gelling agent (fruit pectin), acidity regulator (citric acid), natural fruit flavourings, antioxidant (ascorbic acid).
Nutrition information per 65ml lolly: Coconut & Pineapple: 68 calories, 2.1g fat, 1.9g saturates, 11.9g carbohydrates, 10.7g sugars, 0.3g protein, 0.01g salt.
Ingredients: Pineapple Juice 50%, Coconut Milk 38% (Coconut Cream, Water), Natural Cane Sugar, Gelling Agent (Fruit Pectin), Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid), Natural Fruit Flavourings, Antioxidants (Ascorbic Acid)
Nutrition information per 65ml lolly: Coconut & Pink Guava: 65 calories, 2.1g fat, 2.0g saturates, 11.3g carbohydrates, 10.4g sugars, 0.3g protein, 0.01g salt.
Ingredients: Pink Guava Juice 47% (from Puree), Coconut Milk 40% (Coconut Cream, Water), Natural Cane Sugar, Gelling Agent (Fruit Pectin), Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid), Natural Fruit Flavourings, Antioxidant (Ascorbic Acid)
Nutrition information per 65ml lolly: Simply Coconut: 112 calories, 5.9g fat, 5.6g saturates, 14.4g carbohydrates, 10.6g sugars, 0.6g protein, 0.07g salt.
Ingredients: Coconut Milk 80% (Coconut Cream, Water), Natural Cane Sugar, Maltodextrin, Fructose, Stabilisers (Konjac Gum, Locust Bean Gum, Xanthan Gum), Natural Coconut Flavour, Salt
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