It's never too late for a pop
The warm weather is still here. If you haven't gotten a chance to enjoy a delicious, cold summer treat like a pop, you still have time. (Plus, is it really ever too cold for an icy sweet?)
Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 11:46 AM
TREATS: Making pops at home is not only fun, but also deliciously refreshing. (Photo: Molly Canfield)
Local pop stands were all the rage this summer. In D.C., two young guys started a pop-selling business called "Pleasant Pops
." The owners bought a small cart on wheels that makes a weekly appearance at the Mt. Pleasant Farmers' Market
. In order to have a spot in the market, the pop team is challenged to create flavors using only what they can find from other stands in the market. Flavors such as fig, cucumber chile and strawberry rhubarb are all made with only local ingredients. I tried the blackberry basil cream, which was amazing. Pleasant Pops will be touring other D.C. hotspots throughout the fall, so be on the lookout.
In Atlanta, one young man lost his job and in the same week decided to start selling pops. His stand is known as the "King of Pops
." He also uses local and organic ingredients. I tried a lemon basil pop, which was very good. I've heard the chocolate salt and strawberry lime flavors are also quite tasty. He is most often parked in the parking lot at Buddy's, across from Manuel's Tavern, on North Highland Avenue. He also sets up shop in Woodruff Park downtown.
If you'd rather stay at home, you can always opt to make your own pops. Pop-making books can aide you in flavor and presentation ideas. I have "Pops!" by Krystina Castella
. You can also just find your favorite juice or local fruit and put that in the pop mold and freeze it.
I think you'll find that homemade pops are much tastier than processed ones, and are much healthier for you, too.
Photo: Molly Canfield
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