Disclaimer: The following is a review of Froozer. Froozer sent free samples but did not request or pay for this review.
Growing up in a hot climate, popsicles hold a special place in my heart. The nostalgia I feel about frozen, artificially colored sugar water on a 100 degree day is hard to overstate. But if we’re being honest, most popsicle and ice cream recipes have no place in a healthy diet. At best they can be enjoyed as a rare treat.
I serve unhealthy frozen treats in my operation because they are in high demand. And truly, an otherwise healthy person can go nuts on a pint of Ben & Jerry’s without noticeable consequences as long as it’s not a routine part of their diet. Even most diabetics are OK to eat sugar-free frozen treats without complications. But this doesn’t make me feel like I’m doing the right thing as a healthcare leader by carrying a dozen varieties of sweet, frozen novelties. So when the sales rep from Froozer reached out to me, I wasn’t interested in expanding our inventory in this category.
He persisted and I accepted the offer to receive samples of his product. I hadn’t looked at any information online and assumed it was just a boring healthcare version of any old popsicle. When it arrived I was shocked. The packaging alone was awesome. It’s true that we eat with our eyes first and Otter Pops ain’t got nothing on Froozer in the looks department.
Suddenly I was excited about trying them and despite being on my way to a meeting, I powered through all three flavors in the sample (you know…just to be thorough). They truly tasted delicious. Some of my staff sampled and loved them, too. I gave some samples to other food service managers in the company and they agreed, awesome product. Our system dietitian manager sampled one, looked at the nutrition, and loved everything about it. I took two home where my wife and our 8-year old both loved them.
Not only delicious, they fit easily into most diet restrictions. The most difficult part is that my peer managers and I decided that one-off vendors are too time consuming and Froozer is not yet available through our current list of suppliers. Fortunately they are growing and the rep recently told me they were about to ink a deal with our main supplier. Soon we will start selling Froozers at all four of our system hospitals.
I’m excited about Froozer because there is zero compromise. They started with great flavor and put it in a beautiful package. As a chef I appreciate flavor and eating experience. As a parent I feel confident that my daughter can enjoy these on hot summer days instead of the crap I grew up eating. As a healthcare leader I feel great about a product that satisfies my patients and customers, and I don’t have to make excuses about why I serve it.