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New frozen treats all over town

photo-23When I was at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market this past weekend, I snagged a very tasty lime mint ice pop from the Frescopops cart. Other flavors included peach sweet tea, peach honey and blueberry, the latter using Gaia Gardens local berries. Boy, did this ice pop hit the spot on a 95-degree morning.

This new pop vendor joins King of Pops and Lottafrutta in supplying Atlanta with gourmet versions of traditional Mexican paletas.

The King of Pops pops are available in several places, including Souper Jenny in Buckhead and Cabbagetown Market. But I often drive by owner Steven Carse’s cart parked at the corner of North Avenue and N. Highland Ave. and can never resist stopping for a quick pop fix. Earlier this week I got a really fantastic lemon basil, while my daughter tried a cantaloupe cream with ginger.

I’ve noticed that all kinds of ice cream alternatives are popping up this summer. Sun-O Dessert has opened a branch in Decatur, where a crossover clientele has learned the joy of massive cups of Asian-style shaved ice with syrup and toppings. Frozen yogurt shops are blanketing the city, with the biggest names in the business — Pinkberry and Red Mango — making inroads.

I am personally thrilled. I’ve always been more of a Popsicle-over-an-ice-cream-cone kind of person. I really like fruity, tangy frozen treats. Plus, I don’t mind banking the calories saved from not eating ice cream.

My strange children are very much the same. A box of Edy’s Lime Bars won’t last a day in our house. But a gallon of vanilla ice cream purchased to top a hot fruit crisp will stay in the freezer uneaten until we can’t recognize it through the ice crystals.

What about you? Do you welcome this change to the frozen dessert landscape, or do you wish we’d get more good ice cream shops, such as Ormewood Park’s Morelli’s?

62 comments Add your comment

froyo

June 15th, 2010
2:12 pm

How about TCBY? It still has the best tasting frozen yogurt and is the best for you!

Road Scholar

June 15th, 2010
2:20 pm

Where is a good place to get an old fashioned sno-cone/snowball?

Muffin

June 15th, 2010
2:21 pm

I like gelato and haven’t seen many places around that serve it. There is one in Embry Hills (Pasta Amore) and i believe another in Va Hi. Decatur needs one badly, assuming they still don’t have one since my last search, and if they do, someone tell me where it is! I’ve been reading about King of Pops a lot lately and it does sound yummy.

ABC

June 15th, 2010
2:22 pm

Ugh, TCBY? Sorry, that’s so ’80s. Give me the next generation of froyo (Yoforia, Pinkberry) any day.

FairwayOaks

June 15th, 2010
2:35 pm

Muffin: maybe a drive for you, but you should check out Roma’s Italian Ice and Gelato off E. Piedmont and Roswell Rd in East Cobb.

Patti

June 15th, 2010
2:46 pm

Maybe this is cheating, but I just spent $15 at Richard’s Variety Store for a popsicle mold that makes 10 at a time. Trying some of the King of Pops flavors and make up some new ones!

Jenn

June 15th, 2010
2:56 pm

Road Scholar – there is a snowball cart (Orleagian Snowballs) on the corner of Ponce and Moreland/Briarcliff – in the Exxon parking lot. It’s bright green and you can’t miss it. A ton of flavors and cream for topping. It’s a my favorite treat on a hot day like today!

Mel

June 15th, 2010
3:01 pm

I tend to like the fruity, tangy frozen treats better as well (though don’t try to get between me and some Cherry Garcia). Paolo’s in Virginia-Highland is the best gelato, IMO. Love King of Pops. Have not been as crazy about frozen yogurt, as it tends to pretend to be healthy when it is almost as full of sugar and fat as ice cream. Still, I will try the new shops if they have one close enough. Like the DIY idea where you can control the sugar.

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Rick

June 15th, 2010
5:12 pm

@Patti…thanks for the tip about the molds at Richards and in my thanks, here is a recipe from one of my favorite cooking shows on public radio

http://splendidtable.publicradio.org/recipes/dessert_popsicles.shtml

Matt

June 15th, 2010
5:23 pm

Dude, my wife and I have gone nuts trying to find standard sno-cones in the perimeter area. We know about the cart on the corner of Ponce and Moreland but that’s a pretty far drive from where we live now.

Anyone know of thing closer to Dunwoody? And I DON’T mean Italian Ice.

iron_eagle

June 15th, 2010
5:48 pm

i miss Hanks Ice Cream at Grant Park……

Ganners

June 15th, 2010
6:01 pm

I long for the gelato I enjoyed in May during my time in Barcelona. The creme brule gelato is still in my dreams. We have the traditional hand push carts in Marietta with the little bells that clink and chime as the guy pushes his cart down the street. I chase him and practice my broken Spanish. Real ice pops are a delight! I need to meet this King of Pops….his flavors sound llike Yankee Candle flavors…and I am down with that!!
Oh, and the Pinkberry has a little sign in the window that says they will open 6/25. The day after you get your fancy iPhone 4 you can go get some fancy yogurt. Oh la la la!

slammin'

June 15th, 2010
6:18 pm

Wouldn’t you think an article like this might elicit some small mention of prices. You sound so with it, maybe mentioning cost is just too ordinary.

Foodgeek

June 15th, 2010
7:29 pm

King of Pops popsicles are $2.50 from his cart, which could buy you a whole box of grocery store popsicles, I suppose, but his are much better. Thanks for the tip on the Orleagian Snowballs. I’ve been wondering about that so I’ll definitely try it this weekend.

TL

June 15th, 2010
7:48 pm

I second the Orleanian Snowballs at Briarcliff and Ponce. They are in the Exxon parking lot. Awesome flavors.

Ramona Clef

June 15th, 2010
8:03 pm

Does anyone else remember when the guys from RJ’s Wine Bar used to sell port wine sno-cones during the Aa-Hi Summerfest? They were dangerous!

Ramona Clef

June 15th, 2010
8:04 pm

Dang! That was supposed to be Va-Hi!

ATL Cook

June 15th, 2010
8:07 pm

I love the gelato at Whole Foods; basil is wonderful. I want a ZOKU to make my own popsicles. Can make 9 in about 25 minutes, then refreeze the insert. Of course, you get 6 sticks and have to buy an extra set to make 12. Mmm Saw the demo at Williams Sonoma. Total is about $65 with tax and the extra sticks. At $2.50 each, I could recoup what I invest after 26 of them.

Sophie's Choice

June 15th, 2010
10:10 pm

Don’t forget the very tasty Yogurt Tap on Church Street in Decatur– very similar to Pinkberry/Yoforia-type fro-yo, but more flavors, more toppings, better taste (IMO)…

Anniegetyurgun

June 16th, 2010
1:43 am

When “What’s the Scoop” — a gelateria in VA-Hi — closed a few years ago, I cried. It was truly the best gelato in town and Paolo’s can’t hold a candle to it, nor can Whole Foods. It was owned by Alon & Janine Balshan, but apparently wasn’t sufficiently profitable. When they opened a second location of Alon’s at Perimeter/Ashford-Dunwoody, they included gelato in the plan. It’s still just as good, but alas, is at least 30 minutes from my in-town digs. (We just got back from 2 weeks in Australia, where there is gelato on every street corner and espresso on the opposite corner — such an intelligent country, LOL.) Yes, the in-town/midtown neighborhoods need another gelateria — how about EAV, Decatur, Kirkwood, L5P, Old 4th Ward?

Mango Man

June 16th, 2010
7:52 am

Where is the Red Mango location?

Their web site currently has no listings for Georgia.

MissV

June 16th, 2010
7:58 am

Can’t vouch for the quality, as I haven’t gotten any yet (beyond a sample taste on my way to lunch), but there’s a gelato stand set up in one of the city’s green vendor booths downtown, in front of the Georgia Pacific building. One would only know it’s there by walking by the front, as no street-facing signage seems to be allowed (why, Atlanta…why?). But it’s open weekday afternoons and one of these days and seems to have a good flavor selection.

Amanda

June 16th, 2010
8:47 am

Rita’s water ice is my guilty pleasure. I thought I was being smart buying quarts at a time but then I would suck them down in less than 24 hours.

A

June 16th, 2010
8:59 am

We had excellent gelato at a place called Pino Gelato (http://pinogelato.com/) in Hilton Head recently (I had green tea flavor which was amazing!). The owner said they were opening up a shop in Marietta soon. Doesn’t help those of us ITP or north of town, but maybe they’ll add more locations!

Reds

June 16th, 2010
9:05 am

I love Rita’s ice. They have some awesome flavors! I actually got into a food-debate with a co-worker who told me rita’s gelati = gelato. “All you have to do is mix the custard and the ice together. It has the same consistency.” No way, Jose. I am not generally a fan of ice cream, but I do love gelato. I love making my own popcicles, or even pudding pops, if i’m in the mood for something creamier or store-bought fudgecicles!! (drool).

Lori

June 16th, 2010
9:24 am

Anyone else missing their old Snoopy Sno-Cone maker? I loved that thing as a kid.

RK

June 16th, 2010
9:39 am

Sorry, but my guilty pleasure — Publix ice cream. Cheap ($2.50) and their chocolate trinity is fantastic. I just tried their black cherry, and it is just as good. Both come with filled chocolates and layers of chocolate that are like dipped-cone chocolate, not that awful Hershey’s syrup-like fudge most ice creams use.

Lori

June 16th, 2010
9:53 am

I also like to make my own orange juice pops. All you need is some little cups and sticks! Sooooo good.

The Amazing Timbo

June 16th, 2010
9:56 am

Jeff and I stopped for a Frozen Chick-Fil-A Spicy Chicken on a stick last night on the way home

Tonya

June 16th, 2010
10:01 am

Hey Guys- The Sno-Cone Shack & Dessert Bar will be opening in Douglasville, GA @ the end of June 2010. 6740 Douglas Blvd Ste H Douglasville, GA near Arbor Place Mall in a plaza. Get New Orlean’s style shaved ice sno cones & all natural, made from scratch desserts-cupcakes, cakes, cookies, & brownies. Call 404-969-7330 for more info and updates.

Beat the heat

June 16th, 2010
10:04 am

I love Edy’s lime pops too. I have to hide them from my daughter and the neighbor’s daughter. I am the same way wtih ice cream as your family. Look forward to trying some of these out.

Reds

June 16th, 2010
10:38 am

Lori — I still ahve my snoopy. True story! The plastic on his hat that was the squirter bottle is rather gross though…

mmm

June 16th, 2010
10:46 am

angela

June 16th, 2010
11:09 am

John, you completely left out Jake’s Ice Cream, voted one of the best in the country. Jake’s is housed in the charming Irwin Street Market, where you can also always buy King of Pops pops. Red velvet is delicious and jake is so good to start up entrepreneurs with his kitchen collective.

Natasha W.

June 16th, 2010
11:13 am

No one’s mentioning the wonder that is Jake’s Ice Cream?! Honestly Breakfast in Bed (cinnamon ice cream with belgian waffles mixed in) and Sexy Hot Mexican/Mexican Hot Chocolate are ridiculously good. My husband lives for the Key Lime Piecream and my bestie loves the Red Velvet Cakescream. I make sure all of my out-of-town guests have some before they leave!

As for ice cream that’s not here, I’d like to bring the Mister Softee ice TRUCK from NYC to Atlanta–enough of those scary ice cream vans.

Melissa

June 16th, 2010
11:15 am

I love lime pops! Grew up on Edy’s Lime Bars! I’ll definitely have to try out the Frescopops. I’ve never had Red Mango, but I do enjoy Pinkberry. My all time personal favorite is the White Chocolate Mousse from TCBY (I frequent the Roswell Road store). TCBY also has a new Watermelon flavor I’ve been meaning to try out.

Natasha W.

June 16th, 2010
11:16 am

Jake’s Ice Cream! The clever flavor combinations are AMAZING. Might have to run to Irwin Street Market for some Brown Sugah Vanila right now…

Muffin

June 16th, 2010
11:20 am

Is the Irwin Street Market the only Jake’s Ice Cream left? Their red velvet ice cream really was the best thing ever. I used to go to the one at Oak Grove but I didn’t realize the one at Clairmont and N. Decatur had shut down as well. BOOO!!

Beth

June 16th, 2010
11:58 am

I’m glad you called out FrescoPops. I too was at the Peachtree Road Farmers market and enjoyed the treat. I asked where I could buy them and they said only at the market right now. I’ve been dying for one ever since.

Icee Junkie

June 16th, 2010
12:09 pm

Coming from NY where we had shaved icees growing up, I love icees to this day. As a matter of fact, I have a freezer full of icees here at work. On some days, I even bring in my snowcone maker and make icees for my coworkers. Icees and summer are a match made in heaven. I commend Frescopops!

Shout out to Cole’s Italian Ice on the corner of Memorial Drive and Candler Road. Their strawberry lemonade will MAKE YOUR DAY!!!

Icee Junkie

June 16th, 2010
12:29 pm

@Reds ~ Rita’s ice is DELICIOUS!

Reds

June 16th, 2010
12:30 pm

Melissa…. please tell me you mean TCBY has brought the watermelon sorbet back…. I would be in HEAVEN! That was my favorite treat growing up. Rita’s watermelon is good, but If TCBY were to have it again, it would be no contest!

RK

June 16th, 2010
12:33 pm

angela, what’s that kitchen collective that you are referring to?

GaBoy

June 16th, 2010
1:07 pm

I’m from Atlanta and temporaily living in the country of Panama. Someoone mentioned earlier where could someone go to get an old-fashioned snow cone/snowball. Well, it just happens that the snow cone/snowball is the favorite drink of Panama and I get one just about every day. A young man pushing a tricyle cart with a block of ice on it with 8 different flavors comes by the apartment I live in every day of the week selling them. A
snowcone/snowball cost 35 cents and if you want the double-dipper whippoo-do it cost 50 cents. And boy is it good. He normally comes right by my apartment around 2:30 in the afternon and one day
he stopped right in front of it. And in no time ne had several around his cart so I decided to count the
number of snowcones/snowballs he sold while he was there. He sold 62 of them in 1 hour and 15 minutes. He scrapes the ice the old fashioned way and makes it to your taste. On the whoopie-do
(that’s my name for it) after he adds the flavors, he spreads a creamy mixture over the whoopie-do and
I promise you cannot stop eating it. It is one of the most wonderful tasting things I have ever had. Shame
you all aren’t here to have one. And these guys that sell them are all the country of Panama. Everywhere you go, you’ll see one. Wait, I think I hear his bell now. Yes, he’s here, Gotta go.. Wait for me showcone
man, I’m on my way. I’ll take the grape special today. See ya.

A

Joe

June 16th, 2010
2:18 pm

There is another new frozen yogurt concept in town called Menchie’s, pretty good stuff. It is self serve with around 10+ flavors and tons of toppings. I remember reading on their Twitter page @MenchiesAtlanta that they are planning to have another 5 locations open by the end of August.

Mac Daddy

June 16th, 2010
4:13 pm

Menchies is AWESOME. We go to the Sweet Apple location on the Roswell/Alpharetta line

Susan

June 16th, 2010
5:19 pm

I love frozen yogurt but I don’t understand why any of them except TCBY makes a sugar-free version. After working hard to lost over 100 lbs recently and getting my diabetes under control, I can’t afford the carbs.

Suleigh

June 16th, 2010
7:07 pm

I love Menchie’s also. THE BEST. Can’t wait for their Buckhead locations to open (but I hear Toco Hills will be the next). Their peach FroYo with choc expresso beans is my mix.

Sara

June 16th, 2010
7:09 pm

Italian Ice if you are in the Conyers area.. Family friends of ours from New York..Real Italian ice.. my fave is the coconut.. with real coconut pieces in it..