By Judy Allen
Aug. 1, 2020
For me, summers in Oklahoma used to mean sweating it out in the great outdoors, cooling off in the pool or the sprinkler, and sitting on the porch with a drippy ice pop. Maybe, if I were feeling generous, I would break my ice pop in half and share it with my sister. Maybe.
Fortunately, Tulsa’s streets are scattered with frozen treat options. Boutique ice cream shops have popped up around town, tiny snow cone houses have been erected throughout the city, and home cooks are churning batches of ice cream and ice pops in their kitchens.
Some of the best options around come on a stick. Ice pops and paletas (traditional Mexican frozen treats) are available in dozens of creative flavors, from several locations in town. Here are a few of our favorites.
104 N. Greenwood Ave., 918-949-9879
12:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
Frios Gourmet Pops started with just a few ice pop molds and a freezer pushcart and has grown into a national dessert franchise with more than 40 locations throughout the United States. Founded in 2013 in Gadsden, Alabama, Frios had the vision to share the pure joy of a summery dessert with the world. Frios pops can also be found in many other establishments, stadiums and restaurants.
Frios Gourmet Pops opened its first Oklahoma storefront in the historic Greenwood District on July 1, 2017. Tulsa’s Frios Gourmet Pops’ local franchise owner is Angela Myrick.
“Our unique flavors are developed by a team of passionate foodies, chemistry geeks, artsy pixel pushers, and organic farmers dedicated to producing the best pop possible,” says the company’s website. “We are our own biggest critics and are satisfied with nothing less than phenomenal. We stress about the details and obsess over quality.”
Frios Gourmet Pops offers 15 flavors a day, with several others that rotate seasonally.
The pops are either milk-based or fruit-based. Among the current flavors are mango orange, cookies and milk, banana pudding and root beer float. Vegan and gluten-free pops are also available.
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