Le Pops, the upstart ice-treats business, is now open in the River Market’s Ottenheimer Hall. They’re selling what you and I know as Popsicles, but as “Popsicle” is a registered trademark, they’re careful to call them simply “pops” or “ice lollies.”
On sale today: Orange Creme, Not So Thin Mint, Grapefruit Mint, Cucumber Jalapeno, Tutti Frutti Smoothie, Lemon Drop, Chocolate Marvel (made with a Belgian dark chocolate), Strawberry, Strawberry Basil, Salted Caramel, Vietnamese Coffee and Ninja Turtle (grape and lime). All go for $2.50.
All of the Le Pops are made in-house using fresh ingredients. As often as she can, Le Pops chef and co-owner Laurie Harrison uses local ingredients, according to co-owner Beth Williams. The Vietnamese Coffee, for instance, is made from a RoZark Hills blend. The strawberries are from Arkansas. Williams said Le Pops will be buying vegetables from the Arkansas Sustainability Network this spring.
Le Pops is open from around 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday with extended hours on days when Harrison is cooking and on Saturdays when the Farmers Market is on.
I suspect I’ll become a regular. I’m a sucker for ice-y fruity things, and the Grapefruit Mint was delightful, even though I lost a good bit of it on the sidewalk of Clinton Ave.
Le Pops are also available at the Athletic Club and Pizza Cafe. Find them at Travs’ games when the season gets underway in April, too.
Previously: the history of Le Pops.