Warmer temps are on the way at last, and it's time to start fantasizing about those deliciously ice-cold summer treats (even while spring's damp chill drags on in some parts of the country). These frosty pops come in impossible-to-resist flavors, from sweet corn to peanut butter and jelly, and we can't wait to sink our teeth into every single one.
Birthday Cake at Lil Pop Shop, Philadelphia
There’s nothing ordinary about the housemade small-batch pops at Philadelphia’s Lil Pop Shop. Here, the frozen batons on a stick come in specialty flavors including Earl Grey with black pepper, Vietnamese iced coffee, and the can't-miss birthday cake (pictured above) with a vanilla bean cream base, bites of buttermilk cake and Swiss meringue buttercream, and sprinkles. Photo courtesy of Lil Pop Shop Facebook.
Sweet Corn at Peska Seafood Culture, Houston
Twenty-one-year-old culinary prodigy Omar Pereney, a Venezuelan native who has taught at Le Cordon Bleu Mexico, has more than one trick up his sleeve. He helms the kitchen at the seafood market and fine-dining restaurant Peska Seafood Culture in Houston, which not only showcases seafood specialties and fish from around the world, but also serves up housemade popsicles. Expect flavors ranging from the simple (think chocolate and coconut), to the seasonal and unique, like strawberry cream and sweet corn. Photo courtesy of Peska Seafood Culture.
Satsuma at Steel City Pops, Dallas
Family-owned Steel City Pops in Dallas offers pure frozen decadence. There's a craft ice-pop flavor for everyone on the wide-ranging menu, which includes fruity versions, from pineapple-jalapeno to sweet tea, and creamy delights, from buttermilk to satsuma (Japanese tangerine). Photo courtesy of Steel City Pops Facebook.
Kulfi at Babu Ji, New York City
Indian restaurant and Australian import Babu Ji in New York City offers killer curry, naan and street-food snacks. But don't overlook the classic Indian frosty treat known as kulfi. The frozen dessert is made with milk, reduced with all-natural cardamom, honey and pistachio, and it gives all other ice pops a serious run for their money. Photo courtesy of Babu Ji Facebook.
Pina Colada at Paletas Betty, Chandler, Arizona
Paletas Betty in Chandler, AZ serves up made-from-scratch Mexican pops in Michoacán-style flavors. Offerings include arroz con leche (rice with milk), pineapple with chile and pina colada. Photo courtesy of Paletas Betty Facebook.
Blueberry Honey Yogurt at Pleasant Pops, Washington, D.C.
From salads and vegetarian sandwiches to popsicles, locally sourced ingredients are the name of the game at the D.C. cafe Pleasant Pops. Rotating popsicle combos range from strawberry ginger lemonade to pomegranate hibiscus and to orange chai. But it’s the blueberry honey yogurt pop that we can’t get enough of. Photo courtesy of Pleasant Pops Instagram.
Peanut Butter and Jelly at Pop Stars, Atlanta
Atlanta’s Pop Stars rocks the house with gourmet ice snacks in surprising flavors. It's hard to choose, but if we have to pick just a few, we'll go with the chocolate banana sea salt, kiwi lemonade, or the peanut butter and jelly. Photo courtesy of Pop Stars Facebook.
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