Welch’s Juice Ice Bars: 100% Juice 100% Yummy #spon

**Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own.**

To say that my children are obsessed with ice pops would be an understatement.

I keep junk food to a minimum in my house, but definitely don’t want to deprive my kids of sweet treats–lest they become those children who stuff their faces with garbage every time they go to a friend’s house.  That doesn’t mean, however, that I don’t prefer to buy products with natural ingredients and less preservatives–my kids respond to taste, not ingredient lists!

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I, on the other hand, definitely respond to both.  If convenience also comes into play, I’m an even happier mommy.

So many ice pops on the market these days contain food dyes and other scary additives that I make sure to avoid–if rainbow coloring dyes my kidlets’ mouths and hands rainbow colors, I shudder to imagine what those dyes do to their insides.  Welch’s Juice Ice Bars, manufactured by Kisko Freezies, is made from 100% fruit juice with no High Fructose Corn Syrup, artificial colors or flavors.

Until I first heard of Welch’s Juice Ice Bars at MomTrends Holiday Soiree, I didn’t know that I had been missing out on such a cult favorite.  It turns out that some consumers are so obsessed with this seasonably available item that they bulk order them to keep their kids (or themselves!) in frozen treats all year round.  Welch’s –are you listening?!–consumer want year round availability!!  Until that day, mark your calendars for  Spring 2014 when your local stores will be receiving their stock.

At the Momtrends event, I received a sample pack containing 3 flavors of the shelf-stable freezable pops: White Grape with Natural Cherry Flavor, White Grape with natural Tropical Flavor and plain old Concord Grape.  At least in my house, much to my laundry’s detriment, the dark purple Concord Grape was the hands down favorite. Ah well, natural grape is still easier to get out of a cotton t-shirt than red dye #202 😉

All three flavors are made from Welch’s purple Concord and white Niagara grapes, which are grown in family-owned farms across North America.  Welch’s Juice Ice Bars will be available in the Spring at stores across the U.S. and Canada, including: Stew Leonards, Dairy Fresh, HEB, Demoulas, Loblaws, Sobeys, BJs, Costco, Christmas Tree Shops and Walmart.

Note: Welch’s Juice Ice Bars are not certified Kosher.