Maybe it’s our easy access to farm fresh fruits and locally-sourced ingredients, but D.C. has some of the yummiest, all-natural popsicles in the country. The next time you need to beat the heat, zip over to one of these artisan popsicle shops that will give your favorite ice cream parlor a run for its money.
Pleasant Pops Farmhouse Market & Cafe
With flavors like Grapefruit Rosemary, Mexican Sweet Cream and Cinnamon, Strawberry Rhubarb, and Cucumber Chili, we probably don’t need to tell you that Pleasant Pops is in its own league when it comes to popsicles. Flavors rotate monthly so you’ll always find something new, unique, and delicious. And Pleasant Pops is much more than just a popsicle stand. You’ll find yummy sandwiches, gourmet coffees, locally brewed beer and other goods, such as organic eggs, breads, syrups, and pickles. Come hungry.
1781 Florida Ave., NW (U Street)
This seasonal popsicle stand is the perfect place to stop by on a super hot day. Hill Pops features classic Mexican-style popsicles known as paletas. Choose from water-based traditional flavors like strawberry, pineapple, and chili mango, or cream-based flavors like coconut and pistachio. The line may be long, but ask anyone in it and they’ll tell you these pops are well worth the wait. You can find Hill Pops everyday throughout the summer at the corner of East Capitol and 15th St. NE in front of The Cupboard convenience store.
1504 E Capitol St., NE (Capitol Hill)
The Dairy Godmother
This popular custard-scooping shop gets wild with ice pops, too. Most flavors are dairy-free and pack a wallop of fruity flavor, such as mango-lime, strawberry rhubarb, guava and blood orange. Others are made with the shop’s rich and creamy custard and feature flavors such as root beer float and rose lassi. This place is truly a family affair. They even have pumpkin and banana Puppy Pops for your four-legged family members. And if you have a big group of hot youngsters you can buy nine pops and get the tenth free!
2310 Mt. Vernon Ave. (Alexandria, Va)
Cumberstone Ice Pops
Cuberstone takes all natural to a whole new level by using only home and locally grown fruits and ingredients for their delectable ice pops. No refined sugars here, only organic evaporated cane juice and local honey. That means notable flavors such as blueberry-lemon, pineapple ginger, honey peach and chamomile, and peach-jalapeno are oh so fresh and good. You can find Cumberstone at the Great Harvest Bread Company in Annapolis, and area farmers’ markets throughout the summer, including the Anne Arundel County Farmers’ Market, the Piney Orchard Farmers’ Market, and DNR Farmer’s Market.
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