As a youngster in Buffalo my parents often ignored my persistent demands for frozen treats from the local Dairy Queen (looking back on it I am thankful, but at the time I was crushed). On those dismal days, I would beat the heat by mixing an envelope of powdered Kool-Aid with cold water and pouring the sugary results into readied popsicle molds. Using Tropical Punch flavored Kool-Aid was as inventive as my homemade popsicle endeavors ever got. Nearly twenty years later, an afternoon trip to the Chelsea Market opened my eyes to what could have been...
Nestled snugly in a corner of the bustling Chelsea Market sits people's pops, a purveyor of "fresh, local fruit ice-pops and shave ice." The trio responsible for people's pops (Joel Horowitz, David Carrell, and Nathalie Jordi) have revolutionized popsicles by taking the frozen treats in a healthy direction. Gone are the days of sugar-laden popsicles; each people's pops' pop-ice is made with local, sustainably grown fruits and herbs and draws its sweetness from the season's ripest treasures. At $3.50 each, and available in inventive varieties like plum, organic yogurt & tarragon, and blackberry & jasmine, people's pops' naturally flavored ice-pops are the perfect guilt-free warm weather indulgence.
In addition to a booth at the Brooklyn Flea, people's pops opened an outpost in the Chelsea Market
Flavors of shave ice, the syrups poured on shave ice, and ice-pops rotate based on the season's bounty. This week's pop-ice flavors included pear, yogurt & maple, straight-up raspberry, apricot & cardamom, blueberries & cream, and rhubarb & jasmine. Shave ice flavors included organic lemon and bartlett pear
Ingredients are sourced from local farms. This week's farms included Samascott Orchards, Phillips Farms, Red Jacket Orchards, Beth's Farm Kitchen, and Ronnybrook Farm Dairy
My pop-ice of choice: pear, yogurt & maple
My husband's choice: an ice flecked apricot & cardamom flavored pop-ice