Saving Children from Popsicle-Induced Frostbite

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At last! It may not be a cure for cancer, but it sure is close. Think of the lives saved by these Freezie Mits! My heart shivers just writing the name! Set of 8 mits for just $4.95 (shipping not included). – L

As the product description reads: Keep their little hands warm and clean while they eat their favorite frozen treat with this Set of 8 Freezie Mitts. Each mitt is soft and flexible to fit most children's hands. Thick sleeves hold freezer pops, frozen yogurt and more.

As the product description reads: “Keep their little hands warm and clean while they eat their favorite frozen treat with this Set of 8 Freezie Mitts. Each mitt is soft and flexible to fit most children’s hands. Thick sleeves hold freezer pops, frozen yogurt and more.”

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49 Responses to Saving Children from Popsicle-Induced Frostbite

  1. Observer June 10, 2015 at 7:58 am #

    This is one that I can’t get overly worked up about. If it keeps the cold from getting to your hands, then it’s at least a decent insulator. That means that it will keep the popsicle colder longer, so it won’t melt.

    I know that my 2-year-old will often not finish her popsicles because her fingers start to get cold holding them, while also making a mess because they melt so fast. While their marketing/product description is a little annoying, the product itself doesn’t look that bad.

  2. Emily June 10, 2015 at 8:02 am #

    Yeah, I’m not going to get worked up either. I just hope those freezie mitts are easy to clean, because otherwise, they’re going to get really sticky from catching all those drips.

  3. bron June 10, 2015 at 8:08 am #

    spend money or just use a face washer. …
    That’s what I use, just as reusable and
    “soft on their precious hands” :/

  4. Betsy June 10, 2015 at 8:28 am #

    We have some of those at my house, but we call them “paper towels.”

  5. Christina June 10, 2015 at 8:28 am #

    I thought that’s what napkins are for. SMH.

  6. Mike in Sweden June 10, 2015 at 8:31 am #

    You can pry my beer cozy from my well-insulated dead hand!

  7. marjorie June 10, 2015 at 8:50 am #

    But what about the risks of brain freeze? Where is the desperately needed head-warmer to wear while noshing a cold treat so as to avoid ice cream or Popsicle headache and brain trauma?

    Until that technology exists, our children are not safe eating quiescently frozen confections.

    DON’T YOU CARE ABOUT CHILDREN, LENORE???

  8. Doug June 10, 2015 at 9:37 am #

    A dishcloth was too difficult to use?

  9. lollipoplover June 10, 2015 at 10:16 am #

    My all time favorite food protector:

    http://www.amazon.com/Compact-Impact-Banana-Bunker-Color/dp/B000VXCPNG

    (and the comments on Amazon are the best part)

  10. Jen June 10, 2015 at 10:20 am #

    I am surprised that parents that are so worried about their child’s hands getting cold that they need to protect them with this product would be buying Otterpops (or any other food-product sold in a tube) to begin with–what with all of the artificial sweeteners and food dye.

  11. Warren June 10, 2015 at 10:30 am #

    Mike in Sweden,

    Beer cozy? Really? LOL, in our circle if you take long enough to drink a beer that you need to keep it insulated, you’re not drinking it fast enough.

  12. Emily Morris June 10, 2015 at 10:58 am #

    Y’know, if someone gave these to me I’d probably use them, and no, I”m not getting worked up over them. But, yes, this is absolutely and most definitely a product I want to mock.

  13. lollipoplover June 10, 2015 at 11:04 am #

    @Jen- I thought the same thing. But kids don’t complain about food dye or chemicals, they moan when their hands are cold and sticky. So naturally, the parent needs to fix this problem. But protect those fingers from that horrible cold sensation, not the nutritional F of a freeze pop:

    http://www.foodfacts.com/ci/nutritionfacts/Ice-Pops/Fla-Vor-Ice-Assorted-Flavors-Giant-Freeze-Pops-24-oz/53834

    (Full disclosure: I have a box of these in my garage freezer. I give them out to hot and whiny kids who want to come inside too soon, it usually buys me another hour and cools them down as they are hot..and cold feels good…when you are hot.)

  14. That_Susan June 10, 2015 at 11:10 am #

    The downside to a simple washcloth, from the viewpoint of people wanting to sell stuff, is that it’s reusable and won’t need to be replaced for a long time — and since they’re selling the mitts in sets of 8, I’m guessing they’re being marketed as a disposable item that you keep buying more of, unless they’re assuming that the average family has 8 kids. 🙂

  15. Jane Quadri June 10, 2015 at 11:29 am #

    We use a dish cloth which doubles as a napkin!

  16. lsl June 10, 2015 at 11:41 am #

    I thought the point of eating icees was to get cold.

  17. Dhewco June 10, 2015 at 11:45 am #

    When I was a kid, I wanted my hands to feel cold. With temperatures that regular topped high nineties/triple digits, a cold drink or frozen treat hit the spot whether or not it made it in my mouth. I can remember times that I waited until it was almost all melted before I finished it off. Maybe I was different.

  18. SKL June 10, 2015 at 12:03 pm #

    Me too, I thought experiencing the coldness was the whole point.

    I didn’t know people were using napkins etc. to prevent this either. Huh. Slippery slope.

    A much easier way to keep our lil sweeties’ hands warm in the summer time would be to not buy the icees at all. I should probably market that idea.

    Oh, and cleaning those things has to be insane. All that sticky crap inside those sleeves? Why??

  19. Nadine June 10, 2015 at 12:12 pm #

    There is no better incentive to learn handwashing then having ice sticky hands at a sandy beach. Just ruining the perfect chance on a self teaching lesson on hygiene.

  20. BL June 10, 2015 at 12:22 pm #

    “There is no better incentive to learn handwashing then having ice sticky hands at a sandy beach. Just ruining the perfect chance on a self teaching lesson on hygiene.”

    You wade into the ocean and rub your hands together under the ocean surface. Seems too obvious to be called a “lesson”.

  21. Maggie in VA June 10, 2015 at 12:26 pm #

    If I really thought it would help keep their hands cleaner, I might be able to get on board. But I can see these things becoming an instrument of yet greater mischief than the original freeze pop. My kids have that power.

  22. Dee June 10, 2015 at 12:31 pm #

    Bwa ha ha ha! The kind of thing you buy thinking it’s a great idea, why didn’t I think about it, then it sits in a drawer for five years until the clutter makes you crazy and you purge by giving them to the church rummage sale.

  23. ck June 10, 2015 at 12:32 pm #

    Well, the price on these sure is rediculous. The product itself sounds like it could come in handy

  24. ck June 10, 2015 at 12:38 pm #

    if it can actually keep fingers from getting sticky in places where there’s no water to wash up and you don’t want to allow your kids enough time to be thorough in getting every surface that exists sticky and dirty.

  25. Mommala June 10, 2015 at 12:47 pm #

    We use cozies for beer/cokes here too…everyone does. Unless you’re taking it straight from the ice & chugging the entire thing at once, you need one living in the deep south.

    I don’t think they’re that bad, I just use a dish cloth though.

  26. JP Merzetti June 10, 2015 at 1:46 pm #

    I dunno…..
    I consumed several thousand popsicles in my life – loved every one of ’em to bits.
    Lived to tell the tale.
    Noshed them the old-fashioned way.
    My brain grew up with me……on the left side of all right.
    My hands……..are still Italian.

    A popsicle…….did not require 21st century technology.
    Bless its simple little heart.
    I suspect some things are better left alone.
    Improvement – rests in the eye of the beholder.
    Or the ungloved, well-loved hand of the enfolder.
    Or the taste buds of the colder…………………………

  27. Nadine June 10, 2015 at 2:07 pm #

    BL all those obvious things need to be learned. Specially problem solving

  28. Fiamma June 10, 2015 at 2:29 pm #

    one group I can see this being useful for are children that have sensory issues. While the cold may not bother their mouths, it may agitate them if their hands get dirty and cold.

  29. SanityAnyone? June 10, 2015 at 2:43 pm #

    Now they can fight over what color mitt they get in addition to what color popsicle.

    I need insulated, thin, reusable gloves for every day chores like chopping veggies. Very cold sensitive lately. Know of any?

  30. lollipoplover June 10, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

    @BL-

    My SIL used to fill up a kiddie pool at the beach because her kids didn’t like the waves of the ocean or the sand. After watching her fill up the pool while kids sat in chairs in their water shoes, to protect their feet from sand, i asked her why she even came to the beach. She also set up the elaborate shade tent for scheduled nap times. Why not just go home?

  31. Buffy June 10, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

    “one group I can see this being useful for are children that have sensory issues.”

    But like the other gadgets allowing children and their vitals to be monitored 24 hours a day, it’s being marketed to EVERYONE. (and parents of kids with sensory issues have probably figured out the answer to this long ago) Everyone starts thinking that it’s imperative to know their child’s temperature every minute of every day, not just the parents of compromised kids. Will everyone start worrying about the cold on their child’s precious hands? I don’t know, but it’s quite possible.

    If it’s that bad anyway, how about a popsicle? With a stick?

  32. Havva June 10, 2015 at 3:02 pm #

    Now if only there was a product to protect their mouths from the rough plastic edges digging into the corners of their tender precious mouths!

  33. Jill June 10, 2015 at 3:06 pm #

    You know who sells popsicles? Men driving ice-cream trucks. Men who talk to children. The horror!!
    In a neighboring town they’re proposing background checks on men who drive ice-cream trucks on the grounds that you can never be too careful about who’s driving around, offering frozen treats to children.

  34. Eric S June 10, 2015 at 3:21 pm #

    I have rocks that will keep your kids absolutely safe. Only $19.99 + shipping and handling. Comes with instructions. “If someone tries to grab you without your consent, hold over your head and throw at the person’s head, or swing and hit their head with it”. I call it “Bop’d’Head”.

    @Observer. That’s the same Freezie I had as a kid. Our hands got cold too. But, we used our heads to find ways of keeping them from uncomfortably making our fingers cold. Like holding the little plastic lip at the bottom, and keeping the other end in our mouths. Every time we bit part of the freezie, we squeezed the bottom to move the Freezie up. Our fingers never actually hold on to the ice part.

    This is what FRK is about. LEARNING. Using ingenuity, imagination. Things that we can use later on in life. This product only promotes them to be pampered. I bet if this catches on, we’ll eventually see adults wearing these eating ice cream or Freezies. lol Would you wear one of these? 😉

  35. Rina Lederman June 10, 2015 at 3:41 pm #

    If these were free I would take them in a heartbeat. It is nice and convenient and it does sometimes get annoying when eating freeze pops. However they are not worth a penny, especially when you have other substitutes as mentioned in the other comments above.

  36. Rina Lederman June 10, 2015 at 3:45 pm #

    @Havva I totally agree with you. I know you are being sarcastic but it is really annoying when freeze pops scratch the side of my mouth. However I do believe there is a product for that, its called “get of your lazy butt and cut the edges thinner”. I guess I am that lazy butt.

  37. Abigail June 10, 2015 at 4:19 pm #

    Why raise FRK when you can just raise consumers?

  38. Dave Colter June 10, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

    Ahh, the silliness goes on. This one likely has more value for keeping the kid’s hand from melting the Popsicle than preventing “frostbite.”

  39. MomOf8 June 10, 2015 at 11:55 pm #

    Jen,
    Yes, I had the same thought: We must protect our children from frostbite whilst we poison them!

  40. sexhysteria June 11, 2015 at 1:44 am #

    Now what we need is Freezie Mitts for teeth.

  41. Emily June 11, 2015 at 10:32 am #

    @Dave Colter–That’s actually a pretty good point. An insulated freezie isn’t going to melt as fast on a hot day, so I can see the Freezie Mitts being useful from that point of view. I don’t think I’d ever buy one, but there was just a big waterfront festival here this past weekend, with free games to play for small prizes, like candy, Chapstick, cheap sunglasses, rubber bracelets, and even medium-sized prizes, like YMCA and community centre guest passes, and whatnot. So, I can see adding Freezie Mitts to the mix, possibly with freezies included, for “test-drive” purposes. I do hope they’re dishwasher-safe, though, because otherwise, like I said, cleaning the stickiness out of them would be a major hassle.

  42. Emily June 11, 2015 at 10:53 am #

    Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention, for everyone who says that freezies are unhealthy and full of chemicals, there are some healthier versions. President’s Choice does one–I like the grape flavour the best:

    http://www.presidentschoice.ca/en_CA/products/productlisting/pc-fruit-juice-freeze-pops-grape–strawberry-peach-and-tropical-.html

  43. J- June 11, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

    This seems like the Popsicle version of a beer/can cozy. I don’t think it’s as much keeping the kids hands warm as keeping the Popsicle from melting and dripping all over everything. If it were marketed as such, who cares. I think somebody in marketing realized they could sell it as a “safety device” and over anxious parents who wouldn’t otherwise buy a $5 beer cozy for their kids’s 69 cent treat.

    Skeezy? Maybe. But like Bob said “it’s not a lie if you lie to vegetarians.”

  44. decemberbaby June 11, 2015 at 6:03 pm #

    See, this is why you keep the odd socks whose mates got lost in the laundry. Socks are the perfect shape, size, and thickness to hold your freezies. The best part? They’re free, and everybody owns a few.

  45. Emily June 15, 2015 at 12:25 pm #

    I’m just laughing that they think this will keep your kids’ hands clean. Nothing about eating freezer pops is clean, and those are just going to get nasty and sticky and be in the wash next time your kid wants a freezer pop. If you can find it, that is. At our house, everything that’s somewhat enclosed just becomes a carrying case for whatever brightly-colored jetsam has collected in the living room.

  46. Andrew June 16, 2015 at 9:19 am #

    Not sure this is the best place for it, but here is a story from the UK about a primary school that has banned handstands and cartwheels and other “gymnastic activities” in the playground due to some unspecified “minor injuries”. As is traditional, it is accompanied by someone saying it is “health and safety gone mad”.

    Apparently, the school cannot provide one-to-one physical support for every child for their playground activities (because, of course, any physical activity requires supervision and support) and “the safety and wellbeing is our responsibility and it is paramount to everything we do here”.

    hhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-33135293

    More important that no-one gets a bump or a bruise than they become obsese from enforced lack of physical activity.

    But there is back-lash in the popular media – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3124924/Parents-anger-school-bans-children-performing-cartwheels-handstands-break-times-not-safe.html

  47. Amanda June 18, 2015 at 2:45 am #

    …those are indeed super condescending and unnecessary, but they do appeal for the purpose of eating mochi ice cream, which has no handle and turnsuoi

  48. Amanda June 18, 2015 at 2:47 am #

    ..those are indeed super condescending and unnecessary, but they do appeal for the purpose of eating mochi ice cream, which has no handle and turns hands into a sticky mess. Or you could just scoop ice cream up with your mitted hands.