It’s a fact that not all pops are created equal. In the ice pop world, there were always two kinds: the sugary concoctions, and the no-sugar added, all fruit+juice variety. But then two things happened at the beginning of the summer that brought me to a whole new ice pop era: our Keyfood closed –wrecking havoc in our sleepy neighborhood and cutting my supply of Edy’s pops, and– I came across People’s Pops.
Oooh was that a happy day. Sadly, I don’t remember what flavor that first ice pop was. I was too busy jumping up and down with excitement. People’s Pop’s then proceeded to open a shop in Park Slope, obviously to make it easier for me to get my pops. Ironically enough, they replaced a Tast-i-Delight. Last weekend my husband became a convert thanks to one of their peach pops at Smorgasburg in Dumbo. So I decided it was time to put People’s Pops to the real test, and I enlisted my 4- and 2-year-old kiddos as expert judges.
People’s Pops are made from sustainably-grown, in-season local fruits and herbs with no junk added. Only goodness. With flavors like Rhubarb, Organic Cream & Cinnamon or Blackberry & Jasmine, I wondered if they would be appealing to the the pint-size audience. Both kids chose the Plum & Chamomile, with its bright reddish purple color, speckled with bits of plum skin, and LOVED it. Getting them ice cream or pops is usually a stressful experience on my end, cause they take forever to eat it and the mess that ensues is huge and sticky and the older one has issues with a speck of dust being near him, but boy they ate those pops so quickly I barely had to use a napkin.
Their Park Slope shop (above) is only one of many locations: they have four outposts in Manhattan and can also be found at Smorgasburg in Dumbo & Fort Green and at Brooklyn Flea in Williamsburg. Their pops are also sold at several Manhattan and Brooklyn retailers, such as Union Market or Brooklyn Victory Garden. You can even get People’s Pop’s goodness at home thanks to their lovely book, People’s Pops: 55 Recipes for Ice Pops, Shave Ice, and Boozy Pops from Brooklyn’s Coolest Pop Shop.