When I read Florence Fabricant's popsicle round up on Wednesday in the Times, my first thought was, "Dang!" See, about four years ago, I wanted to do popsicles. I'd been in Mexico, in Michoacan, and they are BIG on pops there. Big. Ice pops down there are actually called La Michoacana. Boom!
I had this idea of calling it Popstars, which then morphed to FoxPops. I started experimenting with flavors like Balsamic Berry, Avocado Agave and Honey Peach Lavender. I conducted a few tastings to narrow down first season flavors and started developing a smallish business plan.
A good friend and food enthusiast took me under his wing and helped make a few intros to people in the chilly business. But, already endowed with one company needing me on a daily basis, it was tough to put time into developing something new -- even if in theory I did want it really, really badly. Alas, my frozen venture was just that -- frozen.
With one tough gulp, I am happy to see people making headway in the ice pop realm -- it's a wonderful summer treat that not only cools down hot bodies, but also provides a little burst of fresh fruit.
Here are some of my favorites -- which chilly treats would make your list?
Las Paletas is a Nashville, Tenn. popsicle shop and roaming cart that serves up such yummy flavors as chocolate raspberry paleta and tamarind, hibiscus, rose petal.
With locations in Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill, N.C., LOCOPOPS is slinging flavors like Chocolate Fig, Rosemary Apple Cider and White Chocolate Pear. They're still thinking up new flavors and want your input. Cast your vote for the People's Choice Pops here.
People's Pops transforms fresh, local, sustainably-grown fruit and herbs into delicious ice pops. They can be found everyday at Chelsea Market in Manhattan and at the Brooklyn Flea Market on the weekends.
Krystina Castella's book Pops! Icy Treats for Everyone is full of easy, do-it-yourself popsicle recipes that will make you wish summer lasted all year long!
These gourmet pops are featured in Krystina Castella's book Pops! Icy Treats for Everyone Flavors: Mint Chocolate, Thai Iced Coffee, Grapefruit and Honey Lemon-Lime and Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake.
AnneMarie Ashburn:These guys have their flavors down (strawberry balsamic, banana date, lemon-lime ginger...) and they are launching as soon as they find a good commercial kitchen in DC. (pleasantpops.com). Great stuff.
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