Forget those neon-colored Popsicles of your childhood.
How does an ice pop with a whole Oreo in it sound? Or one with caramel oozing out of the middle?
Gourmet ice pops are a trend these days, and Fresno just got a lot more unusual flavors with the launch of a new company selling them from carts. Sure, the concept has been around a while, with the Ooh De Lolli cart peddling pops for about five years now. And paletas, Mexican ice pops, have been a Fresno staple at places like La Reina de Michoacan for what seems like forever.
The newest player on the pop scene is Pops Emporium. It’s a business that has 11 carts that are for hire for special events.
These pops often have big chunks of yummy things in them, like that whole Oreo or a full slice of kiwi.
The carts sell several fruit-based pops, which customers have the option of dipping in chile powder.
Other flavors like butter pecan have caramel inside that will “ooze out like a lava cake when you bite into it,” said Aaron Ordaz.
Ordaz, a 2009 Bullard High graduate who went to Fresno State, started the business with a group of colleagues. Together they also run Candies Tolteca, a Mexican candy distribution business.
The pops are made in Los Angeles using Pops Emporium’s recipes and employees.
You can hire the carts for private events like backyard birthdays and corporate events.
But, you can also find them at public events. Keep tabs on their Facebook page to see where they’re selling the pops, which typically cost $3.
Regular stops include the new Fresno Streatz food truck event in downtown. That’s at lunchtime Tuesdays on Van Ness Avenue near Inyo Street. Another cart will be at Island Water Park in Fresno all summer.