Front Porch Popss – best home made Ice Cream Pops I have tasted
What happens when life gives you lemons? You make lemon flavored popsicles! Front Porch Pops was invented when Erin Whitebecame an unemployed Marketing Specialist in Seattle. She is now living the Foodie dream by starting up a thriving food business called “Front Porch Pops”. Erin handcrafts gourmet popsicles using only fresh ingredients and peddles them on a push cart called “Front Porch Pops”.
I first met this proprietor at the Munchathon in Trabuco Canyon, CA. As I walked by her cart, I was stopped cold when I saw a little kid biting into a purple popsicle. I instantly had flashbacks of myself as an 8-year old Tommy, with a budding foodie palate, scrounging through the sofa to find loose change for the ice cream cart man. As the lid opened up to the Ice Cream Cart, I began to salivate in a true Pavlovian fashion. “Front Porch Pops” had tapped into my childhood desire to have a yummy popsicle on a hot day, but in addition, it also satisfied my adult foodie cravings for high end flavor pairings.
That day at the munchathon, I tried eight different flavors, each popsicle delicious in its’ own right. Front Porch Pops features some high end flavors like Grilled Pineapple, Mango Lassi and even features a popsicle called Salted Caramel. Yum!! Don’t worry parents; there are even kid friendly flavors as well like strawberry lemonade.
I asked Erin what inspired her to take up making popsicles and she stated, “My Grandma always told me that I was going to be a chef one day.” After Erin was laid off, she took ownership of her fate and blended her love of cooking and her desire to start up a business. After experimenting with flavors, ingredients and freezing methods, she developed a remarkable product that can be equally appreciated by foodies and children.
So what makes Front Porch Pops different than any other gourmet desert? I discovered that “Front Porch Pops” utilize both farm fresh ingredients and an artisanal approach that expresses itself in the flavor and texture of its gourmet popsicles. During my interview, I asked Erin to explain the ingredients she uses to make the popsicles and she responded, “I only use whole farm fresh fruit and high end yogurt, cream and buttermilk. I think the secret is in using only natural high-quality ingredients.” I can attest to this point, as I tasted only fresh fruit flavors in their natural state.
The next secret of her tasty popsicles is her quick freeze popsicle making process. This popsicle making technique eliminates the nasty crystallization you might remember from your childhood experiments of freezing orange juice in plastic popsicle molds. Front Porch Pop’s quick freezing technique leaves the popsicles creamy to the tongue and protects the natural flavors of the fruit and cream .
The following are flavors I tried from her opus of 30 flavors
Tangy Lemon Cream (pale yellow color): This popsicle is made from freshly squeezed lemon juice, buttermilk, lemon zest and a little salt to make the flavors pop. This popsicle had both a tart bite and a creamy finish. This popsicle would be perfect on a hot day sitting on a hammock. This popsicle would also be good after eating a very savory or spicy dish, as the lemon kick soothes both the palate and the stomach.
Grilled Pineapple (darker yellow): This popsicle is created by grilling pineapples to caramelize the natural sugars and they are then pureed with pineapple juice, lemon and pink peppercorns. This popsicle tastes like you are eating a creamy frozen pineapple. It has slightly sweet and slightly tart flavors that are balanced with cream to give it a smooth finish.
Mango Lassi (pale orange, almost yellow): This popsicle is based on an Indian Dessert with the same name. It contains puréed mango, Greek yogurt, milk and a bit of cardamom. Eating this popsicle takes you on a flavor rush of many different ingredients. This is a flavor with a rich, creamy and complex pop that is ideal for foodies, but not for kids who have yet to develop an appreciation for complex flavors.
Watermelon (two-toned, red and pink) – This actually tastes like you are biting into a really sweet watermelon. There were really subtle flavors that are naturally juicy and lingered pleasantly on my taste buds. This is a nice mellow popsicle that I would eat while hanging out on a floaty in the pool on a hot day. This popsicle was actually one of my Favorites.
Blueberry Lime (purple) – This popsicle is made from fresh, locally grown blueberries. The fruit is first simmered down and then puréed with fresh squeezed lime juice. Even though this was a blueberry popsicle, I tasted notes of boysenberry and pomegranate. This popsicle had a lingering sweetness, but had a subtle tartness on the back-end of the palate. This is a great Popsicle for foodies and kids alike.
Creamy Vanilla Caramel (brown)- This popsicle mixes the naturally complimentary flavors of sweet and salty. The initial flavors you taste are caramel and mocha with a very slight hint of salt that acts to balance the sweetness, rather than providing a salty flavor. The texture is extremely smooth on the tongue. When you chew and swallow this popsicle, the flavor profile changes slightly from mocha to salty, and then sweet caramel. There seemed to be a pleasant aftertaste of mocha. The closest food that I can associate this to is caramel popcorn. I would eat this popsicle after eating a dish that has an acidic/protein base like bouillabaisse, shrimp scampi, ceviche or even chicken marsala.
Strawberry Lemonade (pink): This popsicle is made from fresh Southern California strawberries and lemons strained twice to ensure that no seeds enter to disturb the texture of the popsicle. This frozen treat had sweet, tart and slightly earthy flavors. This popsicle tasted very natural, as I could taste the fresh strawberries and fresh squeezed lemons.
Monkey Gone To Heaven *New Flavor* – This popsicle combines the classic flavor combination of banana and chocolate. Erin explained that her customers were asking for a chocolate popsicle, which she did not offer. While mulling over chocolate recipes, “Monkey Gone to Heaven”, by the Pixies, came on the radio and the idea of chocolate and banana popsicles was born. This popsicle is made by using “top notch Belgium chocolate” to make a rich pudding and blending it with grilled bananas. The sweet flavors of the caramelized bananas balances out the intensity of the dark chocolate, giving you an upscale chocolate banana experience. This is a new flavor that I have yet to try, but it has been consistently selling out.
My Final Thoughts
Front Porch pops travels the local food truck circuit and plays the desert side kick to the massive food trucks. Erin’s “Front Porch Pops” has made a successful entry into the food truck and farmer’s market circuit by delivering a high quality product to foodies who are looking for sophisticated flavors. I really enjoyed eating “Front Porch Pops” and do plan to eat them as often as I can. I am giving this vendor a 4 out of 5, based on the flavor, creamy texture and fair price point for the quality of the product. I do see a strong future for “Front Porch Pops” and even potential for these popsicles being sold at stores like Trader Joes, Gelson’s and Bristol Farms.
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