One the South’s favorite ways to chill out is also the most delicious–fruit based ice pops. They’re just what we need during one of the hottest summers on record, and their icy goodness has spawned shops from North Carolina’s Outer Banks to heat-parched Austin.
Whether you like yours fruity or creamy, you’ll find dazzlingly creative flavors at all of these must-try pop shops. So get on the stick and give them a try while there’s still plenty of summer left. Let us know which are your favorites.
Birmingham – Steel City Pops
We’d most like to try: Strawberry-Balsamic, Peanut Butter, Pineapple-Jalapeño
Steel City opened in May, and has been melting hearts since then. Locals seek out the cart when they can’t make it to the store.
Charleston, Atlanta, Athens – King of Pops
We’d most like to try: Georgia Peach and Basil, Banana Pudding.
KOP is also the king of flavors—the list is brain-freezingly huge, with many so-Southern choices.
Nashville – Las Paletas Gourmet Popsicles
Authentic Mexican paletas from one of the earliest shops in the South.
We’d most like to try: Plum, Mexican Caramel—all can be dipped in chocolate.
Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham – Locopops
We’d most like to try: Blueberry Nectarine, Grape Limeade, Raspberry Hibiscus.
Students rejoice on days when the cart shows up on campus.
New Orleans – Meltdown
Try: Lavender Lemon, Grapefruit Poppyseed, Vietnamese Coffee.
Flavors as distinctive and diverse as the city’s population.
Kill Devil Hills, NC – Zen Pops
We’d most like to try: Key lime pie, Mexican chocolate, watermelon
The Wright Brothers might have remained earthbound if they’d tasted these pops!
Austin and Dallas – Good Pops
We’d most like to try: Banana-cinnamon, Coldbrew Coffee, Hibiscus Mint
No fixed location, pops are sold in stores such as Whole Foods, Central Mkt.
Knoxville – Pop Culture
We’d most like to try: Lemon-Buttermilk, Peach Bellini, Nutella
Locals loved the cart so much that the owners recently opened a bricks-and-mortar location. (865) 282-4900
Sarasota, Florida – Pop Craft Pops
We’d most like to try: White Chocolate Balsamic Fig, Blackberry Mojito, Avocado Raspberry
Mom is the businesswoman, and son–a sommelier–creates the flavors.
Shreveport – Geauxsicles,
Though the names are whimsical, the flavors are seriously good.
We’d most like to try: Sister Hazelnut (Nutella), Lemondrop, Mojito (citrus, mint, candied lime.
What’s your favorite ice pop?