This time of year, the temperatures in Dallas remind us why we all choose to live in Texas. The weather is beautiful, but it will soon turn into a sweltering inferno that will turn all of us into sweaty, pissed off jerks. When it's 110 degrees outside, as it will be before long, the only thing that sounds remotely appealing is moving into a walk-in freezer. And popsicles.
Artisan popsicles have been a thing for a while now. With quirky flavor combinations and fresh, whole ingredients, local shops like Pop Star have re-imagined the sticky-sweet childhood favorite into culinary masterpieces on a stick. Now, an out-of-towner is bringing their own unique spin on artisan popsicles to Lower Greenville.
Steel City Pops comes to Dallas by way of Birmingham, Alabama, and is currently the only location in Texas. As I stood in line waiting for my popsicles to be bagged up, a young woman from Birmingham just happened to be behind me. I eavesdropped as she told the cashier that she was from Dallas, but was attending college in Birmingham. When she saw the Steel City sign, she made her mom slam on the brakes.
Steel City's popsicles, modeled after traditional Latin American paletas, are divided into two categories -- the fruity, and the creamy. In the fruity side of the case, you'll find real fruit-based popsicles that will almost make you long for those scorching summer days, like blueberry basil, pineapple jalapeno, and hibiscus.
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The creamy popsicles are also interesting, including avocado, buttermilk, and cherry sour cream. With so many unique flavors, the woman behind the counter had to convince me to grab a plain-looking chocolate popsicle, and I'm glad she did. She was right; this is definitely not your average Fudgesicle.
It sounds a little boring among all these non-traditional flavors, but don't sleep on the swoon-worthy chocolate pop. According to the woman behind the counter, it's made with the "finest baking chocolate in the world, and probably some crack, too." The creamy pops melt a little quickly, but you'll be eating them so fast that it won't matter.
And don't even bother to try to narrow it down to just one flavor. An insulated bag of four pops will run you $10, which is entirely reasonable when you see how big these pops are. They also sell Birmingham-based Provid water, which donates 100 percent of profits to help build clean water wells in Africa and India, meaning that you can quench your thirst and do a little good while chowing down on popsicles.