Randal and Jan Yee, owners of Ju-Mui Hawaiian Li-Hing Mui Ice Pops, recently hit me up with three new Ju-Mui ice pop flavors they’re testing in the kitchen to try and see what I think of them. All of which bark right up my exotic fruit tree, being Mango, Pina Colada (Pineapple and Coconut) and Dragon Fruit Lychee.
Ju-Mui Pina Colada, Mango and Dragon Fruit Lychee Ice Pops
Notice in the ingredients that the Pina Colada and Mango Ju-Mui ice pops are made with “artificial and natural flavors”, while the Dragon Fruit Lychee is made with real fruit puree. “100% natural, made with real fruit” being a creed I wish they’d stick with for their entire flavor lineup. Like seriously!
And? First of all, the most unique thing about Ju-Mui ice pops are its “twang” of Li-Hing flavor, combined with cream, giving all flavors this subtle salty-sweet-meets-creamy twist. It’s really nice! That said, I was hoping the mango flavor would taste something like pickled mango, but nope. The mango flavor doesn’t taste like mango at all, but just something artificially “fruity-sweet”. Kinda’ like when you eat a whole roll of Lifesavers, and they all start tasting the same. Know what I mean?
The Pina Colada has a distinctive coconut flavor, again in an artificial way, however not much in the way of pineapple. It also needs more Li-Hing powder in it, as it was the weakest in that regard. Still a nice tasting ice pop, however, like the mango, it needs quite a bit of tweaking.
Then there’s the Ju-Mui Dragon Fruit Lychee Ice Pop. Now THIS is what you call AWESOME! You know the saying “When you’re going to do something, do it right the first time”. Dude, they really did this one right the first time. The number one reason being, it’s made with REAL Dragon Fruit and Lychee puree, and that makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE! That authenticity truly shines through upon each suck and bite of this onolicious ice pop. The flavor comes across as sort of a floral, kinda’ kiwi-ish lychee. Yet the most awesome-est part are the Dragon Fruit’s tiny black edible seeds that are laced throughout the ice pop, giving it so much character and texture. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!
Even if they have to charge say 50 cents to $1 more for all naturally-flavored ice pops such as this awesome Dragon Fruit version, I say go for it! It is so much better than the artificially-flavored stuff, for all the obvious reasons. That said, the Ju-Mui Dragon Fruit Lychee Ice Pop gets the Tasty Island’s stamp of approval for production and retail distribution. Do it!
What? Ju-Mui Pina Colada, Mango and Dragon Fruit Hawaiian Li-Hing Mui Ice Pops
Where did you get it and how much? Provided by manufacturer; test models with no retail distribution nor price as of yet. Ju-Mui Strawberry and Vanilla Ice Pops are currently available at select 7-Eleven, Longs Drugs and Times Supermarket locations on Oahu
Big Shaka to: Naturally flavored Dragon Fruit version ROCKS! Love the tiny black edible seeds in it! Ju-Mui owners Randal and Jan Yee are two awesome peeps! Pomai designed their logo and packaging design
No Shaka to: Not enough salty-tart-sweet Li-Hing flavor in all of them. Artificially-flavored fruit ice pops are NO COMPARISON to naturally-flavored. The generic printed black and white mailing label on the wrapper gotta’ go! Put the Ju-Mui logo on all of them!
Tasty Island rating:
Mango – 1 (hardly tastes like mango)
Pina Colada – 2 (needs more Pineapple and Li-Hing flavor; also, shreds of real coconut in there would be bomb dot com!)
Dragon Fruit Lychee – 4.5 (add more Li-Hing powder and it would be a totally solid 5!)
Here’s the label I designed for Ju-Mui….
Ju-Mui Hawaiian Li-Hing Ice Pops in Strawberry and Vanilla flavors are currently available at select 7-Eleven, Longs Drugs and Times Supermarket stores on Oahu.