Think of a popsicle, and odds are you imagine the kind of brightly colored, drippy frozen treat you once sucked out of a plastic sleeve at summer camp. But the popsicle isn’t just for kids. Around New York, we’ve seen a number of chefs and sweets-makers doing new and exciting things with the form. Here are four to look out for.
New York’s original artisanal ice pop makers, People’s Pops takes seasonal fruit and herbs and uses them in bold, exciting flavors: sweet blackberry and cantaloupe, perhaps, or roasted apricot and lavender. They’ve got locations in just about every food-lover’s hot spot, including Chelsea Market, Smorgasburg, Brooklyn Flea, High Line and more. multiple locations, peoplespops.com
This Brooklyn restaurant, which puts a modern spin on Vietnamese fare, serves popsicles for dessert, all of which are inspired by flavors from the Southeast Asian country. There’s a Vietnamese coffee popsicle, with a coffee flavor on one side and sweetened condensed milk on the other; and a palm sugar popsicle, served with peanut brittle and benne seeds. 345 Smith St., Brooklyn, 347-689-4699, nightingale9.com
This new upscale Latin restaurant, from the team behind the wildly successful ABC Kitchen, does a trio of popsicles, in mango, pineapple basil, and chocolate coconut flavors. After overindulging at dinner, a refreshing popsicle might be all the dessert you need. 38 East 19th St., 212-677-2233, abccocinanyc.com
Fany Gerson has made a name for herself with a focus on the Latin sweets of her childhood. Her excellent paletas, Mexican ice pops, come in flavors including mango-chile, avocado, and tamarind. Multiple locations, lanewyorkina.com