Instant POPularity for Middletown Popsicle Shop

Passion fruit green tea and kiwi popsicles at Pop In Artisan Pops – from their Facebook page

Who doesn’t love a delicious, healthy frozen treat on a stick?

Summer may be winding down but when we heard about a hot new store in Middletown that’s serving up frozen fruitsicles we had to check it out.

Once only available abroad, artisan popsicles – flavorful sweet treats filled with fruits, vegetables and herbs – are now popping up all over the country, including our small state.

Flavors like Watermelon, Cantaloupe, White Sangria, Tito’s Blue Lagoon, Key Lime, and Peaches and Cream

In just three weeks since opening, Pop In Artisan Pops has amassed 1,100 likes and 80 recommendations on their Facebook page. Customers are clearly loving the pops – reviews tout “great prices,” “very friendly staff and owner,” and the “most delicious pops ever.”

Pop In offers mouthwatering pop flavors including Mango, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Cookies and Cream, Passion Fruit Green Tea, Coffee, Strawberry Cheesecake and more.

 

After selecting a pop from one of the numerous rotating flavors, including both fruit ($3.50) and cream ($3.75) based options, you can add premium additions such as a dip or drizzle of chocolate and/or a dredge of crushed cookies and cereal.

The Banana Hazelnut popsicle (top left and on a stick) and the Cookies and Cream S’mores popsicle.

The boozy pop flavors (with just a hint of alcohol) are a pleasant surprise for adult pop patrons – Tito’s Blue Lagoon and White Sangria with peaches are impressive choices for $4.50 each.  

Their six signature creations – S’more, Cookies and Cream, Key Lime Pie, Banana Hazlenut, Choco Crunch and Peanut Butter Cup – are also great quick picks. The Banana Hazelnut is a banana cream pop filled with a creamy hazelnut fudge core. It’s topped with a drizzle of milk chocolate and cookie crumbles.

The S’more pop is slathered in marshmallow fluff, which is then quickly toasted with a kitchen torch and sprinkled with graham cracker crust. Both ice cream pops are incredibly creamy, not too sweet and quite filling. They are, in a word, perfection, and well worth the drive and toll.

The shop promises that all pops are sweetened with cane sugar or honey. They are made with “completely natural” and locally sourced ingredients when possible. It’s a seemingly healthier option than ice cream, but without sacrificing flavor or fun.  

A variety of vegan and gluten-free options and event packages are also available. 

For those concerned about nut allergens, store owner Janine Crawford says all of their pops are made in small individual flavor batches and that nut options are in a designated spot within their display case to further avoid cross-contamination.

Pop In Artisan Pops plans to continue innovating even when the weather gets chilly.  Store owner Janine Crawford confided that “a new product, still being tested” will be unveiled in time for the fall/winter season.

Delaware’s first all-natural artisan ice pop company, Summer J Artisan Ice Pops has also been in on the pop fun since 2015. The Wilmington based pop company that “brings you the taste of summer year-round” serves its delicious treats at Constitution Yards, Faire Market & Cafe and at private parties, outdoor markets and events.

Summer J. Artisan Ice Pops at the 2019 Millennial Summit, Constitution Yards and Faire Market & Cafe. Photos from Summer J’s Facebook page.

Their all-natural, all gluten-free and organic flavors include Cucumber Mint, Strawberry Basil, Curry Cantaloupe and Toasted Coconut, Roasted Peach and Honey, and Strawberry Lemonade. The special adults-only Spike Pops are a nice touch for events and private parties. Summer J offers a variety of event packages to fit your needs.

Move over Fla-Vor-Ice, artisanal popsicles are the frozen treat of the future. We for one, are glad they are here to stay.

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Fran Favoroso

Fran Favoroso

Fran Favoroso is a full-time program manager and part-time food blogger. Fran enjoys cooking, reading, traveling and trying new restaurants. She resides in Wilmington with her husband and two dogs, Lyla and Addie.