Say what you will about the Arizona heat, but more warm days only means more chances to cool off with a frosty popsicle. The icy treat on a stick not only provides sweet relief, it also conjures up delightful memories of lazy summer days filled with pool parties and road trips, and sticky hands and faces. Thankfully, popsicles are all the rage and are easy to find throughout Phoenix, making us want summer to never end.
When in Rome, we have Italian ice. But when in Phoenix, only paletas will satisfy our cool cravings. No one knows this better than Paletas Betty, perhaps the place to go for this traditional Mexican fruit and cream pop made with fresh ingredients. Owner Betty Alatorre has been sharing her favorite treat, inspired by her childhood days growing up in Michoacán, since 2010. Made from scratch, flavors include nuez (roasted pecan), piña con chile (spicy pineapple) and pepino paleta (cucumber with mint). Paletas Betty has two locations in Chandler and Tempe, but we promise, it’s worth the drive.
When your grandmother tells you to make popsicles, you make popsicles. Such is the case for Brandon Omelas, whose abuelita encouraged him to make Latin American-style natural freeze pops using her secret recipe. While traditional flavors like strawberry, sweet ’n sour lemon, and tropical pineapple are sure to hit the spot, Breezy Pop’s seasonal flavors take things to a whole new level. There’s the Wild Guanabana made with soursop, a fruit that tastes like apple, pear and lemon fused into one; and the Café y Leche, made with coffee and cream. Breezy Pop can be found at the Phoenix Public Market and the Uptown Farmers Market.
While “all-natural” may be the buzzword in today’s food scene, the folks at AZ Pops take the term to heart. The Phoenix-based, artisan popsicle maker offers many flavors free of animal products (with the exception of some dairy-based flavors), nuts, gluten, and artificial coloring and flavoring. And they’re dedicated to using locally grown produce and ingredients, such as cucumbers from Horny Toad Farm for their sesame cucumber pop. AZ Pops has two locations in Phoenix, and are available at local markets including Luci’s Healthy Marketplace, Uptown Farmers Market and the Ahwatukee Farmers Market.
5050 N 7th St, Phoenix 85014
3632 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix 85018
If there’s anyone who knows popsicles, it’s Doc Brown, owner of one of the most popular ice cream shops in the greater Phoenix area. Since opening Doc’s Artisan Ice Creams in 2013, Brown has been a regular fixture in the local dessert scene. His array of offerings include gelatos, sorbets and, of course, frozen pops, available in as many as 95 flavors throughout the year. Try the ancho chile, mango habanero, salted caramel and the coconut lemongrass lime, arguably the most popular pop on the menu. Find Doc’s at specialty food events like the signature Devour Culinary Classic, and at his shop in Tempe.
1221 W Warner Rd, Tempe 85284
One of the more unique dining concepts to hit the Phoenix dining scene is Camp Social, a fun and whimsical eatery that celebrates all that we love about camping out and the great outdoors. Complete with tire swing barstools, wooden canoe décor, little red lanterns at every table, and games such as Skee-Ball and shuffleboard, the restaurant brings the campground directly to you. And what would a camping-themed restaurant be without popsicles? Camp Social makes happy campers out of all of us by offering a free Otter Pop to guests as they leave.
6107 N 7th St, Phoenix 85014