Summertime Treats for Kids - Celiac Disease
Jul 8 2010

Summertime Treats for Kids

I don’t know about where you live, but it is hot, hot, hot and humid here in Ohio. After running around outside all afternoon, the kids are always popping in for an icy, frozen treat. I try to always keep something on hand that is portable so the kids can keep on the move.

There are many gluten-free frozen treats on the market for kids. I personally like the Philly Swirl products. The Swirl Stix & Fudge Swirl Stix are my favorite and the kids like them too! They have a nice variety of products, only one of which contains gluten. The other 6 products are gluten & nut-free. Edy’s/Dreyer’s Fruit Bars are gluten-free. I am a huge fan of Edy’s because they will clearly label gluten on their labels. The Popsicle brand is manufactured by Unilever, which will also clearly label any gluten. This is the statement from their website:

We recommend consumers read the label each time before buying our product. If gluten is present, it is clearly listed in plain language on the ingredient label (i.e., wheat flour, rye, barley, oats, and malt). Malt is a barley based ingredient.

Since product formulations change from time to time, we do not publish a list of gluten-free flavors.

We do not use the terms “Natural” or “Artificial Flavorings” to hide the existence of any allergens. We do not have dedicated production lines in our manufacturing facilities for products containing allergens. We have special handling procedures for all allergenic ingredients used in our manufacturing facilities.

I was a little bummed to see that all of the Fudgesicles contain malt powder, except for the fat free version. That is okay, I am going to make something even better. Read on.

When I was a kid we used to love Jell-O Pudding Pops. I have looked all over & can’t find them in stores or really much mention of them online other than people petitioning to bring them back. What I did find was this Jell-O Pudding Pop Maker! Who needs the pre-made ones when I can make my own at home? Along the same topic, my mom used to make us popsicles out of juice using these Tupperware popsicle molds. If you don’t have the Tupperware version, create your own using paper cups & popsicle sticks. Making the frozen treats at home allows you to control the ingredients more and make them healthier than what you can buy in the store. Using 100% juice & real fruit makes the perfect cold treat for a super hot & humid day.

How are you staying cool this summer?

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Kyle Eslick is the founder of Gluten Free Media, as well as the creator of the popular Celiac Support Groups page. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and now Google+!


  1. It is beyond hot in Atlanta..about 99 degrees earlier and 95 now – at 6 pm. Icky doesn’t begin to cover it. Thanks for telling us about the Swirl Stix treats – never heard of them before. I love Talenti gelato and lemon Sherbetter in the summer…we like Edy’s fruit bars too!

    • Mmmm….I love gelato! I forgot to mention that those Swirl Stix are available in most Walmart Super Stores for $1.99. I have never heard of Sherbutter.

      My sis was telling me how hot it was there. Too hot to even go to the pool!

  2. Anne Steib says:

    This is great to know, it always takes me forever in the frozen treat isle looking up on my phone what is gluten-free and what is not.

    Talenti is great, I love the black cherry gelato!

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