The Sticky Business Of Popsicles

ARTIFICIAL-GRAPE popsicles? Please. A new gourmet wave means cooling off this summer with small-batch pops that range from spicy Mexican paletas to near-savory Thai treats to fruit-and-herb concoctions. Here, a sweet, slurpy sampling.

Fat Face


Jaymes Luu’s philosophy: To make a good pop, you have to make bad ones. "I can't make lemongrass not taste like Fruit Loops," bemoans the founder, who sells popular flavors like beet-tangerine [1] at Davis, California, markets. fruitmeetsfun.com

Popbar


Gelato on a stick? Why not? "We wanted to do something authentic and blend it with the American popsicle," says Reuben BenJehuda of his New York eatery. Popbar's treats come in such sophisticated takes as pistachio [2] and can be dipped in dark chocolate or rolled in toppings like chopped hazelnuts. pop-bar.com

LocoPops


After Summer Bicknell quit her desk job to study traditional paletas in Mexico, her parents’ reaction—"What are you, crazy?"—inspired her shop’s name. Six years later, LocoPops has three North Carolina storefronts, serving flavors such as white-chocolate-kalamata-olive and strawberry-poppyseed-lemonade [3]. ilovelocopops.com

Las Paletas


When Bobby Flay took on Guadalajara-born sisters Irma and Norma Paz for an episode of Food Network's Throwdown, he lost for one reason: "He used juices," says Irma. "It comes out very icy." The sisters' winning paletas, sold at their Nashville shop, are studded with chunks of seasonal fruit—"I would rather not serve anything than serve underripe mango"—and include honeydew [4] and avocado. 615-386-2101

Meltdown


Husband-and-wife team Paul Pitalo and Michelle Weaver make "cream pops" that kill. Made with organic local New Orleans dairy, the creamsicles are luscious and sweet, in flavors like Vietnamese coffee [5]. 504-301-0905

GoodPop


"Last summer, I probably ate 30 popsicles a week," says cofounder Daniel Goetz. "It's just so hot in Austin." His treats—in flavors like banana-cinnamon and mango [6]—are made without artificial syrups or sugars. goodpops.com

Photograph by Kang Kim

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  • Christopher Parker

    One would be remiss not to include Onopops on this list which makes  Local Gourmet Hawaiian Paleta using fresh and local ingredients that appeals to our local taste buds like Pickled Mango, Butter Mochi, and Caramel Shoyu just to name a few.  I am fascinated with the variety of combinations they have.

  • Richard Heineman

    Just so you know Popsicle is a registered trademark owned by Unilever.