Jul 17, 2012

REVIEW: Sparkling Ice flavored drinks

Recently I received a lovely box of candy-colored drinks in the mail from the folks that rep Sparking Ice. I was so excited by the array of colors that I immediately wanted to jump right in (I'm such a sucker for color). I decided to put a few out to test at work and then take a few home to my family to try. Here is the skinny:

My peeps at work liked flavors they tried. We all appreciated that they didn't have that alternative sweetener after-taste. One of my co-workers had also just returned from meeting her boyfriend's family and she explained to me how everyone was talking about Sparkling Ice there (in Texas) and obsessed with them. She was so surprised to come back and see the test tray out of the drinks to try.

As for my family, I traditionally don't give my kids Splenda (which is what the drinks are sweetened with) but I thought as a rare treat this would be fun and they could have a fizzy drink without it being soda and filled with a ton of garbage. Needless to say my 8 year old sipped on his Orange Mango Sparkling Ice for two days just to make it last (weirdo :-))!

Sparkling ICE’s collection includes 8 flavors: Coconut Pineapple (my personal favorite), Lemon Lime, Kiwi Strawberry, Lemonade, Orange Mango, Pomegranate Berry, Pink Grapefruit, and Black Raspberry. They retail for about $1.29/bottle and you can get them at your local Target or Walmart.
Additionally, according to the paperwork I received Sparkling ICE contains B-Vitamins, Vitamin D and antioxidants. And if you don't know...

  • B-Vitamins are known to play an important role in helping your body obtain energy from food. 
  • Vitamin D is widely known to play a significant role in overall health – in particular bone strength. 

Sparkling Ice also contains caffeine-free green tea extract (huge fan of anything made with green tea), an antioxidant. And the best part...the drinks are Zero Calories, Gluten Free, and Caffeine Free...this chicbusymom was sold.

I decided to give you two quick recipes below for Sparkling ICE Pops that you could do with your kids while its still hot outside. They are easy and entertaining and a good thing you can do together. Not sure about you but my kids love, love, love to help me in the kitchen. Here you go:

     Black Raspberry

Ice Cube Tray (or your favorite ice pop making molds)
Toothpicks or popsicle sticks
I bottle Black Raspberry Sparkling ICE
1 container of fresh raspberries, chopped

Fill you trays or molds with Sparkling ICE, topping each with a scoop of chopped raspberries. If using ice cube trays cover tray tightly with tin foil. Poke a popsicle stick through the foil into each cube.  If using an ice pop maker place the handle sticks into the molds.  Place in the freezer for about 2 hours or until frozen. Enjoy!

Strawberry Kiwi

Popsicle Trays
Popsicle Sticks
2 bottles Kiwi Strawberry Sparkling ICE
10 strawberries, pureed

Fill an ice cube tray with Kiwi Strawberry  Sparkling ICE, top each cube with a scoop of pureed strawberries. Cover tray tightly with tin foil. Poke a popsicle stick through the foil into each cube. Place in freezer until cubes are frozen. 

An adult option would be to add a little of your favorite Vodka for a delicious flavored spritzer and pour in fun tumblers (see previous post for ones from Govino) for a perfectly easy party drink.

Try them out and let me know what you think. For the price tag and the flavor you can't beat it. Enjoy!


Note: I am not a paid spokesperson for Sparkling Ice


Coretta said...

Great info! Thanks!

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