Gourmet popsicles in Durham
- Sant Jul 11, 2005 12:46 PM
Sorry I've been MIA for awhile. Just got back from a vacation in FL-- didn't want to hnag around for Dennis! :-)
So, have my fellow Triangle Hounds heard about or tried the popsicle store on Hillsborough St. across from the Greystone Church? Not sure if I have the story exactly right but the two sisters running the store are from Memphis, and came here after having spent a year in Mexico learning how to make paletas (popsicles). There are two main versions, one that is creme based and the other fruit based. Thus far I have thried their mango with chili and coconut-lime creme. Delicious! They have at least a couple dozen flavors and run $1 for small, $1.50 for medium, and $2 for large. If you've got a sweet tooth and want something different give them a try.
I have tried the tangerine/lime popsicle. I definitely want to go back and try the hibiscus (tastes like cranberry). Great idea - they said business is going well.
The first time I saw it, I was getting a key made next door and they were closed. I asked the locksmith about them (figuring it was screwy idea that would never take off) and he said they were always packed.
Since then, I've noticed the same. I've been meaning to get by but have always either been in a rush or they've been closed. I will soon.
For the record their hours are currently listed as 12-8 Tuesday through Sunday. They also only have two sizes now, small for 1$ and large for 2$. My wife and I stopped in for a couple on Saturday and they were just thing to beat the heat. I had an Avacado which was cream based and she had Mango and Lime which was water based. They were both delicious.
It is Loco Pops on Hillsborough where Anderson (15th there) dead ends. I've had a lot of their flavors: mango with chili (spicier than the ma po tofu I had just finished), mango with lime, coconut, chocolate and others - all were great.
I think the story is that they were in Jackson, TN and heard about a place I love in Nashville that serves paletas and found Durham to be a good place to replicate that model. Why? I do not know.
I hope they survive! I told her it would be great to make T-shirts, a different color for each flavor. Encourage her, would you? I'd like one.
Everyone is crazy for Loco Pops! It's a wonderful place to get a tasty treat to beat the heat. My faves are mango coconut cream, pomegranate tangerine, mexican chocolate, and watermelon cinnamon. Yum. I hope they might package and box them someday.
My wife and I went there this afternoon and she picked several excellent ones. I prefer the creamy varieties over the agua ones. The creamy strawberry (a regular) was really good but the surprise temporary flavor that blew me away was chocolate rosemary. The rosemary flavor was strong but nice. It reminded me of several of the upscale chocolate bars that I've tried at Three Cups and Southern Season in Chapel Hill (like ones with green cardamom seeds). I had a tea from steeped rosemary with honey - rosemaryade - that was similar. I've had success with drizzling grapefruit with honey warmed and infused with rosemary.