Thursday, November 17, 2011
Jolly Llama Squeezups Add New Flavors
‘O’ MAGAZINE GIVES THUMBS UP TO PEACH, COCONUT
Jolly Llama Sorbet Squeezups are now available in two new flavors—Peach and Coconut Banana. The new flavors join the existing lineup of Blueberry, Raspberry, Strawberry and Mango.
Jolly Llama’s Sorbet Squeezups are packaged in easy-to-use individual “squeeze up” paper containers. They are made from whole fruit and then pureed and processed into a whole fruit sorbet. Squeezups are sold four to a package with a suggested retail price of $4.99 per package.
Officials with Santa Monica, Calif.-based Jolly Llama say Squeezups are “a good source of fiber—10% recommended daily intake (RDI) or greater—and contain 50% RDI of vitamins A and C. They’re all dairy-free, fat-free, gluten-free and a great, portion-controlled 70 or 80 calories, except Banana Coconut which has 100 calories and 3 grams of fat.”
Squeezups are available at natural grocery stores nationwide; Whole Foods in the West, North Atlantic and Southern regions; and online at foodzie.com.
The editors of O, The Oprah Magazine gave Squeezups a try and wrote, “replacing fruit puree concentrates with real whole fruit is what makes these sorbet push-ups taste like actual fresh fruit—only so much cooler.”
Jolly Llama founder Scott Jacobson parlayed his training and experience as a chef to fill a void he saw for restaurant-quality frozen treats. With friend Rich Ellefson, an ice cream industry veteran, he set up a test lab in a corner of his parent’s sugar cone manufacturing company. Three months later, Squeezups were born.
Jacobson takes the name of the company from his childhood in Wisconsin where he grew up around llama farms. He was always amused by their funny appearance, but found something peaceful about the way they quietly munched their vegetables and softly brushed against each other. One day when the Dalai Lama was visiting California, Jacobson says the image of a happy, smiling llama popped into his head and became the name of his new company.