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Taste test: frozen coconut pops

Coconut is one of the fastest growing flavors these days. It's in milk, water, oil, flour, desserts and cocktails. This summer, frozen coconut treats are claiming their own freezer shelves in grocery stores. We found seven brands, each with a distinctive look and flavor. Our panelists favored the pops with the boldest coconut taste and texture.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

Product/Score

(out of 100)
Fruttare Coconut

and Milk 72
Helados Mexico 64Fruitfull Coconut Cream 57
Judges'

comments
Tiny bits of coconut pulp gave these pops a hearty texture that appealed to our panelists. "It's almost like a coconut ice cream grown on the sunny side of the island," said one judge. The bars were smooth and silky "and you can actually taste the coconut," said another. "It's mild with succulent bits of fresh fruit."Coconut flavor was prominent in this frozen treat. Judges enjoyed the creamy texture and the bold taste. "It reminds me of a coconut cream pie," said one taster. "I would love to dip this in a cup of melted chocolate," said another.These coconut bars were slightly sweeter than the others, but judges described the flavor as "traditionally coconut." One said, "It's really icy and refreshing." Panelists liked the smoothness of the bars and the coconut bits in each bite.
Would

they buy?
All four judges said yes.Three of the four judges said yes.Three of the four judges said yes.
Shopping information$4.49 for a 10.8-ounce box of four bars from Publix.$3.32 for an 18-ounce box of six bars from Walmart.$4 for a 16-ounce box of four bars from Publix.


Also Sampled: Blue Bell ($3 for a 15-ounce box of six bars from Publix, 53 points); Whole Fruit ($3.69 for a 16.5-ounce box of six bars from Publix, 44 points); GaGa ($5.99 for a 12.5-ounce box of five bars from Fresh Market, 35 points); and Edy's Outshine Coconut Waters ($4.65 for a 16.1-ounce box of six bars from Publix, 30 points).

Panelists: Nan Jensen, registered dietitian; Wayne Conery, manager of the R-Bar on Treasure Island; Jeff Jensen, public information officer for the city of Treasure Island; and John Hehn, owner of All Brite Lighting & Power Design Inc. All foods were tasted blind.

Send suggestions for product testing to: Taste section, Tampa Bay Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731 or email them to jkeeler@tampabay.com. Please put TEST SUGGESTION in the subject line. To read past Taster's Choice columns, go to

tampabay.com/things-to-do/food/tastetest.

Serving sizeOne barOne barOne bar
Calories140170130
Fat/Fiber5g / 0g10g / 0g5g / 0g
Sugars/Sodium18g / 65mg12g / 65mg13g / 25mg
Carbs/Protein22g / 2g20g / 3g18g / 2g

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