There are plenty of ways to beat the heat in the summer, but none quite so fine as an artisanal popsicle.
By Kate McLaughlin
Johnny’s Pops (Vancouver)
Starting three years ago with a bike on the Vancouver Sea Wall, Johnny’s Pops has grown to selling around 800 pops on a hot summer day from a variety of carts found around the city. You can also find his carts at local farmers markets and festivals around Vancouver.
Primarily using locally sourced berries, fruits and herbs, Johnny’s Pops are guaranteed fresh. They are lightly sweetened with organic cane sugar and all the citrus is hand squeezed. Johnny, the owner, says he will stand by his claim that these are the “best popsicles you ever had.” And, indeed they are. If you don’t know what flavour to choose, we suggest blueberry mojito, avocado lime or the delicious raspberry coconut.
Philip’s Ice Pops (Toronto)
Whether you prefer watermelon-lime-sea salt, or lemon-ginger-rosemary, Philip’s Ice Pops are definitely a great choice on a hot summer day. With a fresh menu that offers limited edition flavours like their Orange Chai Kombucha, the fresh pops are well worth the $3.50 (or 4 for $9.99). The flavour combinations are fun and playful, just like Philip (the owner’s house cat). Philip’s Ice Pops are vegan, gluten-free and 100% natural. These pops can also be seen at concerts, street festivals or in stores.
Pops Art (Montreal)
Montreal’s POPS ART is home of the little popsicle shack full of some of the best fresh, healthy and natural popsicles in the city. Owner Catherine wanted to sell happiness and knew these little pops would do the trick.
Though they sell classic flavours like mango and chocolate-banana, they are most famous for their audacious flavours of avocado-coconut-vanilla, pineapple chili and carrot cake. Not only are they delicious, but they are finely crafted to be the prettiest pops around. Additionally, POPS ART can be seen across the city as their electric bike pop-up shop (if you will), travels to many events and parks around Montreal.
Tropic Pops (Calgary)
Calgary’s first gourmet ice pops supplier, Tropic Pops offers six delicious flavours that incorporate smells, textures and tastes that are both sweet and savoury. Their delicious hazelnut-banana or strawberries and cream are a must for a hot, sunny day. Whether it’s at Calgary’s local restaurants or clothing stores, events or festivals, farmers markets or just for your own private backyard stash, the best part about them is they perfectly compliment every event . Tropic Pops currently sell out of pop-up push carts, and they don’t really see that changing any time soon, as they love teaming up with local businesses as Tropic Pop Pop-Ups. It’s allowed them to help contribute some summertime goodness to the community they love, one Tropic Pop at a time.