Pops for all seasons!

At Pleasant Pops we like to keep things as local as we can. While some of our most popular pop flavors include ingredients that we can't source locally--we have yet to find pineapples or mangoes growing in the area--it's important to us that we are as seasonal and local as possible. One of the signs that spring has arrived and summer is just around the corner is the arrival of berry flavored pops. With fresh, local berries and a few other local ingredients we can make seasonal favorites such as Strawberry Rhubarb and Blueberry Pancake.

A variety of tasty Pleasant Pops. (Photo: Dave Cooper)

A variety of tasty Pleasant Pops. (Photo: Dave Cooper)

Summers in DC can be unbearable at times with intense heat and humidity. But it is my favorite time of the year because it means fresh fruits are finally in season! The heat of the summer brings with it fresh peaches and melons which become some of my favorite pop flavors: watermelon mint and peach hibiscus. Nothing cools you down like a juicy and refreshing ice pop.

As summer turns into fall and the temperatures begin to cool we  introduce our seasonal autumn pops using apples and pumpkins. Another of my favorite flavors is Honeycrisp Apple which is based on an applesauce recipe from Roger's mom and reminds me of going apple picking as a kid. Pumpkin is ubiquitous during the fall, especially as it gets closer to Thanksgiving, but our Pumpkin Pie pop stands out even in a crowded field. Unlike actual pumpkin pie, our pop tastes great without whip cream.

Though winter doesn't yield much in terms of fresh pop ingredients (admittedly we haven't tried to make a kale pop yet) we still have many of our favorites available. Coconut, chongos, vegan mexican chocolate, strawberry ginger lemonade, and cookies and cream are always on our menu and are the perfect treat to perk you up a bit during the doldrums of winter.

While the same can't be said for all of our ingredients, pops are always in season at Pleasant Pops!  -Vickie Kreha

Farmers Markets are back!

We can't believe that we are about to start our 7th summer as a business this Saturday at the Mt. Pleasant Farmers' Market. This year we'll be at the White House Market on Thursdays, Mt. Pleasant on Saturdays and Dupont Circle on Sundays.

Visit our markets page for more deets: http://www.pleasantpops.com/farmers-markets/

Here's a throwback picture to me and Brian at our first farmers market day at Mt. Pleasant on July 3, 2010.

The most wonderful time of the year

At Pleasant Pops, we love the spring. And we love baseball. And Farmers' Markets. And Pops.

For all of these reasons, this is our favorite time of the year. It's beginning to look a lot like pop season. This past week we were back in the kitchen making pops and testing our drink syrups for a seasonal drink change in the next week. Preview: we're bringing back crowd favorites: Mint Green Iced Tea & Hibiscus Iced Coffee while adding Cardamom Lattes and Cardamom Iced Coffee to the menu.

Which bring us to the next part which is that we are hiring. Our stores get much busier starting in April so we're now hiring for Full time, Part time and seasonal as well as long term positions at both of our shops as well as for folks to help make pops, do Farmers' Markets and help with catering. So if you or a friend are looking for a job- come on over to http://www.pleasantpops.com/careers and fill out an application.

Perks include unlimited coffee and pops! Even if you aren't applying to work here and are just reading this. Thanks for reading and we can't wait to share our brand new creations with you!

Pleasant Pops staff at our 2nd birthday party of our Adams Morgan shop

Pleasant Pops staff at our 2nd birthday party of our Adams Morgan shop