Sunday, September 29, 2013

Locopops - CLOSED

One of my first Raleigh loves was the Locopop. Early Sunday mornings during my Campbell years, I’d make my way up to Raleigh for church and then find myself at the little popsicle shop on the corner of Hillsborough and Oberlin.

Locopops used to be this little operation from a former white collar, Summer Bicknell, who ditched the daily grind of corporate America to pursue making Mexican popsicles. AKA living the dream. But since those simpler days, you now can find Locopops everywhere in the Triangle-- Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, in specialty stores, carts at food truck rodeos, and even on Duke’s campus.

Coconut Mojito

Locopops makes popsicles as fun as it was when you were a kid chasing down the neighborhood ice cream truck. But instead of bubblegum eyeballs, the surprise of Locopops is its vast array of creative flavors. On this trip Sara and I were invited by our pal Hollie, who was the first one to snag the season’s first coconut mojito. While honored to be the first, she was a bit disappointed that the pop lacked a distinct coconut flavor.

Orange Mango

After much indecision, Sara decided to indulge in orange mango. A great mix between the two flavors.

Sea Salt Caramel

As I was scanning the options on Locopop's giant whiteboard, my eyes immediately went to sea salt caramel. So excited about the pop, I didn't wait for a decent picture.

Mexican Chocolate

For the sake of food blogging, I convinced the ladies that we should do another round of Locopops. Sara ordered her favorite flavor, Mexican chocolate, for herself and Hollie. It was cocoa goodness with hints of spice and cinnamon.

Mango Chile

I also decided to go with a favorite of my own, mango chile. Initially a delightful cool from the frozen pop followed by a nice burn in the back of the throat. A perfectly balance of yin and yang. 

Back in the day, Locopops was a nice little frozen treat to break up the day, and now it's a Triangle institution that makes Raleigh the great city that it is.  

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ben said...

LocoPops is closing their stores with the exception of the original in Durham, but you'll still be able to get their pops around. My favorite is the Mexican chocolate. I didn't love the caramel sea salt.

bubblegum casting said...

:( damn!