It’s Ice Pop Season
At the magazine, we like to say “three’s a trend.” If there’s one of something, that’s cool, perhaps unexpected. If there’s two, that’s a coincidence. If there’s three, well, now we have a trend. So it’s official: Ice pops are trending in 417-land. Two spots have started offering creatively flavored ice pops, which makes three if you add in longtime favorite Dreamsicles in Branson. And these frozen treats are just in time. It’s so stinking hot out this week! We’ve written about Dreamsicles a few times in print, and we love their method of perfecting the custom pop: Customers pick a popsicle flavor, choose a sauce to drizzle, pick some toppings and sprinkles, and boom: A custom-creation to beat the summer heat.
Well, ice pop fever is spreading, and two spots in Joplin have started offering pretty and creatively flavored homemade popsicles too. Pineapple Bliss in Joplin has gotten into the game as well and is now making both “fancy pops” in fruity flavors for everyone and “boozy pops” made with tequila, rum, whiskey or champagne for grown-ups only. Fancy pops come in flavors like mango-lychee, pineapple-cayenne and lemon-basil-watermelon. For boozy pops, there’s strawberry margarita, peach bellini, old fashioned and more.
Also in Joplin, the Joplin Greenhouse & Garden Center’s coffee shop is selling pretty little ice pops in flavors like blackberry-lime, peaches and cream, and pina colada. These are house-made, and we’re looking forward to grabbing one to cool down after an afternoon exploring the greenhouse and indulging our houseplant addictions.