I tried my first LICKALIX ice lolly just over a year ago at an Ocado event and I was immediately in love with the delicious treats. They quite simply ticked all the boxes for me. First of all, the ice lollies tasted amazing. I know, plural… I had three. Well, two of my girls were with me. It was a hot day. I had mine and finished theirs.
After our refreshing treats, I got speaking to Hana, marketing mastermind at LICKALIX. I spent almost an hour chatting to Hana actually (she was really patient). I’d never heard of LICKALIX and I wanted to know everything as soon as I found out the ice lollies were organic, gluten-free, free from unnecessary ingredients, vegan and allergy friendly. It all sounded like a frozen version of Organix, one of the brands I am most passionate about!
I found out that LICKALIX was founded by Karis and Dominic. They had been unhappy in their jobs and decided to ‘find their happy’ by creating a small company with the right ethos that would make a difference (yes, yes, three times yes!). People who live their dreams inspire me, so my curiosity was piqued, naturally.
Karis had always been making ice lollies for her friends and family so when they found out there were no natural, healthy ice lollies that were made with real whole fruit on the market, they thought it would be a great idea for a business. The natural ice lollies are handmade and taste amazing.
They come in a range of interesting flavours for the whole family to enjoy and Lickalix sent us a few last month. They were all devoured in a couple of ‘ice lolly sessions’ (because we’re like that!), so I’ve stocked up again and the children had some with their friends after running around in the park this evening. My favourite at the moment is the Caribbean Twist flavour, but I would love to try the Alcoholic Pina Colada Poptail!
With the success of their ice lollies, LICKALIX have been going from strength to strength (I keep seeing them everywhere, from Jamie’s Italian to our local soft play centre) and after she had her son Rocco, Karis started batch cooking and freezing small portions of fruit and veg purees in ice cube trays. That’s how BABY CÜBES were born.
I knew Karis and the team were going to send me some to try, but I couldn’t wait and I got some on Ocado as soon as they launched, and I love them! The cubes can of course be used as baby purees, but they can also be added to meals for an extra portion of veg, or added to yoghurt, porridge, pancakes or sauces.
“Ultimately, the main thought behind the cubes is to help busy families who are short on time lead healthier lifestyles by eating delicious and healthy food that they may not have time to make themselves. By having BABY CÜBES in your freezer allows you to feed your family healthy alternatives with organic fruit and vegetables allowing you to spend more time having family fun.” (LICKALIX) There are four flavours in the range and they come in packs of twenty:
- Orange pack: carrot, sweet potato, and butternut squash
- Green pack: broccoli, spinach and peas
- Red pack: strawberry, mango and apple
- Peach pack: apricot and peach
All cubes are ‘free from’ and made with certified organic baby grade fruit and vegetables. The first thing I made on the day of my Ocado delivery was a trio of mash. I simply made a lot of mashed potatoes. Once ready, I blended ten broccoli, spinach and pea BABY CÜBES in one small pan and a dozen carrot, sweet potato, and butternut squash BABY CÜBES in another one. I then added regular mash to the small pans to create a trio of mash.
Easy peasy and it gave our dinner a bit of oomph! It was perfect with our roast chicken that evening!
A couple of days later, LICKALIX delivered more ice lollies and BABY CÜBES to my house and we had quite a lot of fun with it all. When the lollies had been eaten, the children decided to make a boat with recyclable and biodegradable materials so they could try to float it on a nearby river. It was a huge success and it attracted quite a crowd of children!
We’ve really had fun with the BABY CÜBES, sometimes just adding them to our regular tomato sauce (for lasagne or Bolognese). I also used them to make quick and easy allergy-friendly pancakes for the children’s snacks (blog post here).
One of my favourite recipes using the BABY CÜBES is the really simple pizza sauce we made by just melting ten carrot, sweet potato, and butternut squash BABY CÜBES, adding in 4 tablespoons organic tomato paste, one crushed garlic clove and dried herbs. No salt, no seasoning needed. Wriggly put the sauce together all by herself and she was pretty pleased with her efforts!
I’d bought some small pizza bases from Napolina and we had a range of topping options (red onion, chorizo, sweetcorn, chopped peppers, cheese, ham). That was such a good and easy dinner!
I also made chicken burgers by blitzing together chicken breasts, breadcrumbs, an organic free range egg, carrot, sweet potato, and butternut squash BABY CÜBES, a little salt and pepper and herbs, then covering the burgers with more golden breadcrumbs before cooking in the oven. I served these babies with sweet potato chips and that was another hit!
Disclosure: I was sent some LICKALIX products for the purpose of this feature, but I wasn’t compensated in any way for this blog post.