Pop Bar’s Non-Popsicles

New Yorkers have been reveling in the mildest winter in the history of the world. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the cold has not been too harsh. A warm winter is the perfect time to indulge in a summertime treat.

Popbar is handcrafted gelato on a stick. Don’T call it a popsicle – the people here kinda bristle at that term. This isn’t about frozen fruit syrups in crystalline form or cheap cottony ice cream-product covered in waxy chocolate. This is about high end gelatos and sorbets put on a stick and hand dipped in gourmet toppings.

Choose from gelatos, sorbettos, or yogurt pops in flavors like hazelnut, chocolate, coffee, and strawberry. Then, head on over to the dipping station, where you can choose from a variety of chocolate coatings and crushed nut toppings. 
I am drooling right now just thinking about it. 

Peach Sorbetto Bar
I chose the Peach Sorbetto, then had it freshly dipped in white chocolate and rolled in pistachios. The sorbet was incredibly creamy and smooth – no hard, icy patches like in lesser sorbets. The flavor was also unique – fresh and really peachy, not too sugary. The white chocolate provided a rich, vanilla-y counterpart to the light sorbet, and the pistachios were a crunchy, salty component. This was every bit as delightful as any dessert I have eaten in a restaurant.

Hot Chocolate on a Stick
Hot chocolate on stick. How brilliant is that? Hot milk, room temperature chocolate ganache. Mix and stir. Walk down the street. Try not to munch the chocolate directly off the stick.
Choose from milk, white, or an incredibly smooth and caramel-y dark chocolate.
Such a fun and simple idea. 

That’s what PopBar is. A fun and simple idea. Though the pops are a little pricey at about $4 per, they are not unreasonable. Sit at the small counter and people watch if you prefer.
Or take it out and walk around. Just don’t go too far, because you will probably want another one as soon as you finish your first. 


  1. Hey I love your blog and read it everyday that you post!!! I live in NYC and like to try out the places you write about. Keep it up… I would feel incomplete if i did not read your blog each day.

  2. Loved the strawberry dipped in dark chocolate!

  3. Fritos and Foie Gras says:

    @Julie – wow, what a compliment! Thank you so much!

    @Sarah-thank you so much for introducing me to this place!