15 ice lotions and ice lollies that epitomise Irish childhood

By Fiona Frawley

To those we as soon as cherished… ice lotions

Amidst the Titanic submarine and Kourtney Kardashian being pregnant information, a quiet nook of the web has been in mourning ever for the reason that information broke that Irish summer time staple Choc Ice ice lotions are being discontinued.

For thus many Irish individuals, childhood was punctuated with containers of Choc Ices or their fruitier cousin Tremendous Splits, to be loved after an incinerated chunk of ash that when resembled meat on the barbecue. There are Irish moms who refer to each ice cream as a Choc Ice (the hoover impact in full swing right here) – a real measure of their lasting affect on our tradition.

Their exit from the Irish market has us craving for different ice lotions from our youth, a few of that are nonetheless with us, some now sadly departed.

Tremendous Cut up

Fortunately these infants are nonetheless accessible, nevertheless it felt fallacious to record out the others with out paying transient tribute to the holy grail of Irish ice-creams.

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Chilly Willy’s

Puns for days with these no-fuss lollies, simply good old style flavoured ice on a stick for the extra frugal shopper.

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Loop the Loop

Sure, Loop the Loops are technically nonetheless accessible – however everyone knows the flavour has modified. Connoisseurs consider the Tremendous Valu own-brand model style extra just like the Loop the Loops of our youth than the HB providing accessible at the moment – you may simply must strive each for your self to evaluate.

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Possibly the moon landings had been faux and Apollo 11 by no means occurred, however these fruity rocket-shaped lollies had been 100% actual.

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Wibbly Wobbly Surprise

This one cuts significantly deep – strawberry and banana flavoured ice cream with jelly and a chocolate coating, Wibbly Wobbly Wonders simply made sense and we are able to solely hope the newfound appreciation for outdated Irish dishes like coddle and summer time salads will assist convey these infants again into manufacturing as soon as extra.

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Mini Milk

These little milk-pops are nonetheless accessible, however deserve a shout out for being virtually as instrumental in our childhoods as a slice of raspberry ripple between two wafers.

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The fruity model of a Mini Milk, Sparkles had been one other go-to cost-effective field of pops, oft-reached for by dad and mom seeking to hold a swarm of youngsters glad. The cola and orange flavours had been often snapped up the quickest, with the remainder being left for extra timid grabbers.

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Extra of a bar on a stick than an ice-cream, you’d solely actually get your arms on considered one of these chunky treats in the event you had been an solely youngster or occurred to search out your self in a store with out your siblings. Trying again on the outdated HB posters, it appears like they had been truly shut sufficient in value to a Choc-Ice however for some purpose, they felt extra aspirational.

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Tongue Tornado

An earlier iteration of the Tornado we now know, however pink and white as an alternative of the up to date inexperienced, white and pink. Gone however by no means forgotten.

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So-called for its blood-style innards and since your mouth can be turned utterly pink after consuming one, the Dracula was instrumental within the rise of novelty treats in Eire.


Earlier than the times of tablets and iPhones, we would entertain ourselves by pointing finger-shaped ice lollies at one another. A less complicated time.

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Mint Choc

Given Eire’s long-standing affinity for mint chocolate, it is shocking these have not been introduced again in some iteration. A possible for summer time 2024, maybe?

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Cornetto Smooth Serve

We’re entering into the noughties now, with a restricted version delicate serve which epitomises the Celtic Tiger – opulent, over-the-top and finally unsustainable on the Irish market.

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Solero Photographs

I keep in mind these rising legs across the time that Winders, Tubble Gum and different treats that felt like an exercise to eat had been rising in recognition. You inexplicably felt like a legend when popping the cap and pouring a number of of those down your gullet – I am positive all of us appeared precisely as cool as we’re remembering.

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Fats Frog

Most likely essentially the most sorely felt absence by the Irish public, there’s merely no logical purpose why the Fats Frog cannot be introduced again to the market. The inspiration for all our alco-pop fantasies and a basic supply of refreshment, the Fats Frog is missed by many and cherished by all.

Did we miss out considered one of your favorite Irish ice-creams? Tell us!