For this week's find, I am sharing our newest obsession: Melona bars!! Upon an unsuccessful search for peanut and tree nut-free popsicles (we were looking for the red/white/blue rocket pops to have on the 4th of July), S stumbled onto these gems. They were food allergy friendly for him (ice cream and novelties are tricky in Canada - 98% of varieties in stores have the "may contain peanuts or tree nuts"). We first tried the banana flavored bars....THAT box lasted a mere 48 hrs. What? it was hot out that week, no judgy! I guess you could say that banana was our "gateway" flavor; during the following week's grocery haul, S pranced his way to the checkout armed with banana, AND melon, AND mango (he really did prance).
These can best be described as fruit and cream smoothies, frozen onto a stick.....think creamsicle - except, instead of the fruit on the outer layer and the cream in the middle - it's blended into one smooth consistency, a frozen stick of deliciousness!! Each flavor is SPOT ON!! Yeah, we've tried them all....several times.
Although the packaging shows a green fleshed melon, which I always associate with being a honeydew variety, it tastes like cantaloupe! I know what you're thinking....not your typical frozen pop flavor....it's heaven on a stick, that is - if you like cantaloupe.....if not, go for banana, mango, or strawberry. If we had to choose a favorite flavor, melon - hands down.
I don't know if these are available throughout the US....I've read on-line that they are available in Hawaii - and have quite the following there; yet on the mainland, not so much. A few people have had success finding them in Asian markets, as they originated in Korea - in fact, they are one of Korea's most popular frozen treats. They have only just recently, in 2011, been made available up here in Canada.
So, if you are planing a trip to either Hawaii, Canada, or Korea....look these up!!
Melona is manufactured and exported by Binggrae. For further information, or to find a store near you that carries these bars, visit their website at: http://eng.bing.co.kr
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