A lovely woman named Allison recently reached out to me about her product, Picnic Pops. Picnic Pops are organic and mostly vegan ice pops that will soon be coming to a store near you! Allison was kind enough to drop off some of her ice pops off for me to try. Picnic Pops have also launched a Kickstarter to help raise funds in order to make the project a success.
I was given a sample of three flavors to try. The one I was most eager to try was the Watermelon. The watermelon was insanely sweet and my friend enjoyed it much more than I did.
The next one we tried was Double Mango. This was by far my favorite. It was packed with sweet mango flavors as well as some fresh fruit. On a warm summer day I could really picture loving this dessert.
Lastly, we tried the Blueberry/Grape. This was another winner for us. The pop had a nice tartness and I really enjoyed it even though I am not a fan of blueberry or grape flavored items.
Come next spring, I will without a doubt be hunting down the Picnic Pops cart to get my hands on some more of these delicious ice pops. The Picnic Pops press release can be found below:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hippest Pops Cart in Baltimore to Expand
Catonsville, MD – October 16, 2014 – The artisanal popsicles from mobile cart Picnic Pops is about to become available year round, according to owner, Allison Bolten.
Allison Bolten has been selling organic, hand-crafted pops at festivals, bike rallies, and weddings since 2010. The demand has become so constant, that the business now plans to sell wholesale to local grocery stores for the very first time. “Carts come and go, but an amazing product like ours isn’t meant for the summer months only,” says Bolten, “our customers are calling us year-round.” Customer Patrick Frank says, “Picnic Pops makes flavors that just don’t exist any place else, I mean, who else makes pear-mint, apple pie pops, double mango, watermelon basil, or key lime pie pops? Plus, they’re organic, and most are vegan.”
Like so many small businesses, Picnic Pops is relying on Kickstarter to raise money for their growth. The money that they raise will be used for package design, kitchen rental, equipment, and new permits. “We’ve decided to go all-in and offer some really remarkable rewards to our backers” says Bolten. If supporters pledge before November 4th 2014, lower pledges receive free pops, stickers, and aprons, while the higher levels of support get their local wedding or party catered by the company, which includes the cart and pops.
Bolten is excited to put her business roots down in Baltimore. “Creative food is part ofBaltimore’s culture. We feel so at home amongst all the lovely customers and food businesses that inspire us here.” If all goes as planned, Picnic Pops will be available wholesale to stores starting in April 2015,cand is currently available for festivals and catering.