Pop of flavor
Heidi Freedman's premium fruit pops, in flavors such as Toasted Coconut Lime and Mango Pineapple, were a hot item at Clarence's Antique World last summer.
The freelance writer started selling them for $2.75 each from a little red shed, offering three basic types: "juicies, full-of-fruits and creamies." Though Freedman aims to use the freshest in-season fruits for her confections, "I can't get mulberries all year long," she said.
Right now, her offerings include Raspberry Hibiscus, Pink Pineapple (with pineapple chunks suspended in watermelon ice) and Raspberry Mango Melon (with chunks of mango, red raspberries and watermelon). The concoctions, known as East Park Pops (www.eastparkpops.com), are available at Delish (414 Amherst St.) and Sundays at Antique World (10995 Main St., Clarence.)
"I started doing it just for fun," Freedman said. "I just wanted there to be something a little healthier out there. Just one more option among everything we have."
-- Andrew Z. Galarneau