Beat the Summer Heat with J-Pops Gourmet Ice Pops
Don’t call it a popsicle. It’s similar to one, but the frozen treats Steve White offers from his J-Pops cart is nothing like the rainbow-colored, generic popsicles you find in your supermarket freezer. These are Ice Pops: all-natural, hand-crafted, and made from locally-sourced fruits, flowers, and herbs.
Steve White first began experimenting with ice pops a few years ago while living in Atlanta. He fell in love with the concept of gourmet flavored ice, and began creating flavor combinations from suggestions from friends and colleagues. In 2011, a natural disaster became the catalyst for a business, and career, reinvention.
“I lived in Japan for over two years teaching English, and when the tsunami hit in 2011, I felt so bad,” shares White. “I felt helpless, and thought, what can I do to help? So I started selling my ice pops, and sent all the money to the Red Cross for Japan relief. After that, everyone, even my boss at the time, said I should be selling these for a living.”
So White moved back to his native Ohio, and enlisted the advice of friends and co-workers, both in the business and out, to hone his craft. He frequents farmers markets, especially at this time of year, looking for inspiration in the seasonal. As a result, all of his offerings taste like the fresh ingredients he exclusively uses.
You can purchase J-Pops Gourmet Ice Pops at the Pearl Street Market on Tuesdays and Fridays, the Easton Farmers Market on Thursdays, and the Worthington Farmers Market on Saturdays if he’s not at another event.
He’ll also be at Pride Fest and Comfest this year offering exotic flavors like Raspberry Lime, Watermelon Mojito, Pineapple Cilantro, Hibiscus Lemonade, and his most popular, Lemon Basil. J-Pops Gourmet Ice Pops are $3 per, 2 for $5.
“Columbus has been really receptive to me and what I’m doing,” White states with a smile. “It’s been a challenge at times… It took me a good year just to figure out how to get operating, but the response has been overwhelming. It’s been really nice.”
J-Pops Gourmet Ice Pops can also be purchased at The Hills Market Downtown and Celebrate Local at Easton. For a complete menu, contact, and locations, visit www.myjpops.com.
Photo by Walker Evans.