Crafty Trendwatch: Designer Ice Pops
Summer time for me is all about indulgence - enjoying flavors and experiences that aren't available year round. Picnics, swimming in the oceans, road-trips - they're all best in summer. But my number one summer taste fixation this year? Hand down, it's gourmet ice pops - trending at a farmer's market or street corner near you, right now.
Oh yes my friends - pops have grown up. Whether you're slurping away on a Vietnamese Coffee flavored lolly from New Orleans' Meltdown, or a Blackberry Mojito from Atlanta, Georgia's King of Pops, these tasty treats are perfect for anyone who likes big flavors and cool sensations.
Can't find a sweet pop truck near you? I've been reading through Anni Daulter's new book, Ice Pop Joy, and her recipes are a great way of bringing this trend to your kitchen.
Full of super-duper deluxe pop ideas (there's one called Happiness that I need to try right now - white chocolate and peppermint, I am coming for you!) there's also a sizeable number of recipes in here that are secretly, amazingly nutritious. If you're trying to get your little ones to eat more carrots, or up their vitamin C intake with some fresh melon, a pop might be a just the helper you've been looking for.
Plus, Anni makes a great point - when you're entertaining thirty kids at a summer birthday party, pops are an easy and fun alternative to cupcakes. Seasonality, flavor, fabulousness - you just can't lose with a pop. (PS Want to start slow? Here's a great recipe blending honeydew melon and lime, from Epicurious.)
Got a summer food trend you just can't keep to yourself any longer? Shout it out in the comments section.
[Image of King of Pops via Creative Loafing Atlanta.]