When 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.
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?