Those small specs are herbal teas. And each wrapping is hand tied!
You know I love all things India, so when I heard about Dosha Pops— handmade lollipops with ingredients that support a healthier lifestyle based on your Ayurvedic dosha–I wanted to know more. And lollipops made of herbal tea? Intriguing. So a big YES! when the NYC-based company asked if I wanted to try them.
If you want to try them, too, I’m giving away two six-packs to lucky commenters on this blog post.
But read on to see if it’s your cup of tea. So to speak.
Who doesn’t like a sweet, delectable treat with amazing, unique flavors that pop on your taste buds? I’ve never tasted anything like these. And they’re even better because they are developed with the idea that candy shouldn’t have to be a guilty pleasure but could actually be a celebration of a balanced lifestyle. And oh-by-the-way: it’s National Lollipop Day.
It’s almost sacrilege to post about candy in our diet-conscious world. But. Let’s face it: few of us live completely sugar-free. Many of us live in denial, even though we sometimes crave something sweet. A lollipop is not the first thing to come to mind. But to my surprise, I found these to be satisfying as a bigger dessert. And they last longer. So maybe denial can remain a river in Egypt.
They’re artisanal, too. What a rarity! Here’s what they say:
Every single thing we make is measured, cooked, poured, wrapped, and packaged by a real person, using the best ingredients we can find.
They’re made with non-GMO pure cane sugar, essences of essential oils, spices, organic fruits and vegetables, and most importantly, herbal teas. The small specs you notice in the pops above are actually bits of real herbal tea. No artificial colors/dyes, refined sugars, flavors, preservatives, glutens or animal by-products.
Now, I’m not going to debate sugar with you–some say cane sugar is better for you and others say it’s as bad as regular sugar. Pick your side. And who knows if ANY candy can be considered “healthy”. But I can say that Dosha Pops are the most satisfying treat I’ve ever had. No desire to binge on more. I think that’s because the taste of each pop is so unique. There’s an upfront rush of flavor that calms down to a satisfying, constant, deliciousness. No desire for anything else, really. Just that one sweet indulgence that is only about 70 calories and has about 7 grams of sugar. (More detailed nutritional info will be out this summer, this is a brand new product line.)
Love me some chai! By the way, it’s National Lollipop Day.
If you’re familiar with Deepak Chopra you’ve’ probably heard of Ayurvedic doshas used in Indian medicine.
In Ayurveda, we each have a unique mix of three mind and body principles (doshas), which govern our mental and physical characteristics. These cute little lollipops purport to support specific doshas. Herbal teas–a major component of an Ayurvedic lifestyle–are the pillar ingredient. The Dosha Pops herbal tea recipes blend the flavors of different botanicals with what they say are “the most highly regarded Ayurveda spices — such as turmeric, ginger, and cardamom– resulting in a variety of herbal infusions that are great for your health and tastes great too!” I can’t speak to the health benefit but I CAN say they taste great. Some are sweet; some are sour or more tart. All are very different. You’ve never tasted anything like this before. It’s well worth keeping some in your pantry for those moments when you really want to indulge, but don’t want to do too much damage. If you know what I mean.
What’s your Dosha? Click HERE for the quiz. Then come back and see what is recommended for your dosha. I am Pitta.
Dosha Pops recommendations by doshas:
Pitta (that’s me!)
-Mytea Pomegranate –pomegranate blended with rooibos
-Head over Hibiscus
-Velvet Rope–reminded me a little of a sweetish root beer flavor, but not exactly
-Chai Me Up — true chai flavor and quite yummy
-Head over Hibiscus –if you like subtle florals…mmm
-Inner Glow –lemon, ginger and turmeric and quite tasty
-Chai Me Up
-Mytea Pomegranate — I didn’t think I’d like this one, but it turned out to be my favorite.
-Wishful Pinking –another in the floral category
By the way, the company says it plans to use some of its proceeds for “worthy causes and charities that help improve human well-being.”
Want to know more or to order some? Click HERE. Comment to be entered into a drawing for one of two six-packs. Entries open to US and Canada only. Drawing will be done on July 22, 2014.
This is not a paid review. Dosha Pops sent me samples to try.