Thursday, June 25, 2015

When in Doubt, Swirl!

"When in doubt, twirl!" - Ted Shawn  
(I'm thinking that secretly, Ted meant to say swirl but who am I to judge?)

Years ago, I was excited to find Philly Swirl products for my kids (not just my allergic son but my daughter as well). They are brightly colored (which seems to be the key with kids), they taste good, they are relatively budget-friendly as well and most of the products are free of peanut/tree nut/egg/dairy/soy/gluten! (To be safe, please check their products list to see which items may contain allergens specific to your family). Also, Mom vs. Food Allergy just posted some details as well (read HERE) so we both got you covered!

Every time we are effected by a seasonal allergy, dry throat or the occasional school-shared virus of the month, I stock up on PhillySwirl items. So you can just imagine the reaction I got from NutriKids when THIS product review package arrived! And, of course, me being the mother who loves to torment her children, I proceeded in the slowest most debilitating way so as to drive my family crazy. Yes, the dreaded Do Not Touch Mom's Product Review! label....couldn't help it, it was necessary.

(heh, heh, heh!!!!) I even made sure it was propped up near the front of the freezer so each time they opened the door, there it was. Thanks to the folks at PhillySwirl for not only the products but the extra giggles.

Swirl Stix These come in six different varieties (I think, occasionally, there is a mystery flavor- don't tell Scooby Doo) but I am not positive. I am a mom, I have kids, I work and my brain is just not as sharp as it used to be so just nod your head like you understand and keep reading. What I do know is the flavors are:

  • Orange Dream - Orange & Marshmallow  
  • Verry Berry - Blackberry & Cherry 
  • Cotton Candy - Just like you would think 
  • Banana Split - Banana, Marshmallow ad Strawberry Shortcake 
  • Applelicious - Red and Green Apple 
  • Rainbow - White Lemon, Cherry & Blueberry
Pro:  I have found that our family's personal favorite (Cotton Candy) can often be found in most Dollar Tree stores that have a frozen section. Yes- an entire box of JUST Cotton Candy for $1! Budget-friendly and kid-happy.

Swirl Popperz Less variety as far as flavors (four rather than six) but there is a different flavor added in. Still well love by the kiddos. Flavors are:
  • Rainbow - White Lemon, Cherry & Blueberry
  • Orange Dream - Orange & Marshmallow
  • Cherry Melon - Cherry & Watermelon
  • Cotton Candy - Again, you know ;)
You can also (wait, get ready for it...) "pop" them up as you eat them. So next time you complain that your children aren't active enough, reconsider. Just picking, PhillySwirl- my kids fought over them and then made the other kids at the pool jealous.

Look at the sheer essence of taunt!...she doesn't get that from me!
Swirl Cups with Candy Spoonz We have occasionally found the Swirl Cups but the addition of having added candy-coated spoons was a hit. You see, PhillySwirl was nice enough to put in just three of the candy spoons and then three of the wooden spoons just to see how fast parents would wind up leaving the room to curse when the children begin to fight over them. Luckily, the flavors were all good:
  • Rainbow - White Lemon, Cherry & Blueberry
  • Cotton Candy- Because, this is just a must
  • Sunburst - Tangerine, Wild Cherry & Lemon Swirl
  • Hurricane - Lemon & Strawberry
  • Cherry Melon - Cherry & Watermelon
  • Blueberry Jam - Black Raspberry & Blue Raspberry

And did you see the frisbee we got too? (We also got a magnetic clip but it's not in the picture).

I want to thank the wonderful peeps at PhillySwirl for contacting me and asking if I would review their products- we were all happy to oblige and please keep us in mind for future tastings as well. I do have one small (well, maybe even medium) parental plea- please, PhillySwirl, please please PLEASE consider looking into using less corn syrup and artificial colors. As much as we love your products and I will be honest and say that your brand is the only brand that NutriKids will eat (hey, I am always honest!) but from a mother's point of view, think of how much more I could brag on all of your products if they also had natural flavors.

In case you are wondering where to get these cold treats, please check their store locator or just nag your local supermarket to carry them until they do. You are the customer, after all ;)  PhillySwirl is also on Facebook so stop by, give them a like & please let them know you heard about them from this crazy blogger, Nutrimom - Food Allergy Liason.

*As always, never any compensation is received for product reviews other than the products themselves as all of my reviews are always honest.


  1. Check in Sam's Club and Costco for Organic Philly Swirl options. I am sure the retail markets will not be far behind.

    1. VERY excited to hear this! I will keep my eyes peeled so I can share with the other allergy parents ;) (and hungry moms)