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
© 2013 Tampa Bay Times
(out of 100)
|Fruttare Coconut |
and Milk 72
|Helados Mexico 64||Fruitfull Coconut Cream 57|
|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.|
|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.|
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.
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|Serving size||One bar||One bar||One bar|
|Fat/Fiber||5g / 0g||10g / 0g||5g / 0g|
|Sugars/Sodium||18g / 65mg||12g / 65mg||13g / 25mg|
|Carbs/Protein||22g / 2g||20g / 3g||18g / 2g|