7.26.2010

King of Pops

Normally, I do my Monday post about my weekend. However, it was so miserably hot that I was mostly indoors. In addition to my weekend posts, I also cover Atlanta places/eateries on my blog from time to time, so I decided to combine these two features into one post!
It was nearly 100F outside, and was so hot and muggy, that it was hard to breathe. I needed refreshment and fast. The place I wanted to try was the King of Pops. Owned by Steven Carse, a former AIG employee who was laid off (hello, I can relate!), the King of Pops is a popsicle cart that features uniquely-flavored pops made with fresh ingredients from local farmers' markets. The flavors change daily are always written on his sign beside the cart.
While his usual location is at a gas station, it's best to follow the KOP via Twitter (@thekingofpops) so you can find out his flavors for the day, his location and hours (the pic above is from his Twitter). It brings a bit of novelty to it. Look at the flavors! They remind me of paletas I had in Mexico.
He's usually around the same gas station from 3-7:30pm and 12-7:30pm on weekends depending on weather. I suggest not to wait, because he does sell out. He's a nice, laid-back guy (I'd be grumpy in the heat) and serves with a smile. The press and events for this guy are everywhere--he's been on CNN, he recently made pops for the Vampire Diaries cast, and he's been featured on Bakerella and Daily Candy, among many others.
Popsicle #1 was the Chocolate Sea Salt. Man, it was good but started melting immediately. I loved the creaminess of the chocolate with just the slightest hint of salt.
The bestie had the strawberry balsamic. See the strawberry seeds? It was great and refreshing. We'll definitely be going back.


Price: $2.50 per pop (but sometimes he'll do a 3 for $5 deal later in the day or at events)


Location: Buddy's Gas Station 1079 North Ave Northeast Atlanta, GA 30307-1426. Look for the mural painted on the wall. He goes to events all over the city as well. Check his site/twitter.


Hours: 3-7:30 M-F; noon-7:30 weekends (weather can change hours). Again, follow him on Twitter (Twitter.com/thekingofpops) for menu, location, and hours.


Elle's Tips: While he will open the pops for you from their cellophane wrappers, napkins were not found, so bring your own. I found only the chocolate sea salt melted super fast, while the other flavors held together better (plus it was a heat index of 103F). This is one popsicle that you don't need (or want to) wait to eat! Also, he sells shirts bearing the King of Pops logo on site. The popsicles are from local markets, are fresh, vegan and organic (when possible) as well. I love how word-of-mouth has made this a popular spot and how someone was able to turn a bad situation of losing a job into a good one. Don't wait too late or you might miss the pops--this happened to me once before.

How was YOUR weekend? Have you ever had paletas before?

41 comments:

  1. that sounds delicious!
    great review, i'd love to try those if i wasn't so far away :/ haha

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  2. it has been so warm also here..I had an Ananas Popsicle!! :)

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  4. Amazing they look so nice and he uses such unique ingredients great post xoxo

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  5. I need to visit Altanta immediately.

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  6. Those look so yummy:) It was very hot here too:)
    Happy Monday,sweetie

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  7. My weekend was filled with sorting through my 3000 Egyptian pics... shopping with my mom and sleeping a lot! :D
    xxx

    http://gypsy-diaries.blogspot.com/

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  8. yes seems like most of the east coast whad hot hot weather! we had a relaxing weekend (for once)
    Happy Monday
    Naina

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  9. My! it's only 9am for us and I already need one of those.

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  10. There is nothing better or more satisfying in 100 degree temps than a cold popsicle! These look so yummy! I'd be very content with a taste of the strawberry one right about now :)

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  11. If all goes well, I want to visit Atlanta next year as I have friends staying there. Posts like these will definitely come in handy for me!

    Anthea,
    Embracing Style

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  12. my weekend was also EXTREMELY toasty in Virginia Beach. it's cooled down a bit today, which is nice. i could have used an ice pop yesterday, for sure. :)

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  13. This looks so good! Perfect for this heat wave!



    xx
    Nikki

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  14. Stop ::cue jaw drop:: Think he'll make it up to Boston?? I've been dying to make Popsicles lately, and with the heat up in Boston think it may happen this weekend when I'm back at my parents house to hang out.

    Becca

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  15. A popsicle cart with creative flavors--what a great idea! I bet he makes a killing with that weather you guys have.

    travelinggirlwithdog.blogspot.com

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  16. How fun!!! Goes to show you that you can make a living doing most anything :) I can only imagine how delicious his pops are!

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  17. My blog is about food, so I just LOVE your post! Long live the creative popsicle maker :)

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  18. Sounds yummy. Since I'm not in Hotlanta, I kind of want to try making my own pops at home now!

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  19. ohhh those look yummy! what fun :)

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  20. I have seen The King of Pops around town but haven't had a chance to try one yet. I want to try the chocolate one!

    xo,
    Sara
    www.travelsinheels.blogspot.com

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  21. Is chocolate and salt as good as caramel and salt?

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  22. I hope popsicles replace cupcakes as the trendy treat of choice! This guy sounds like he has some awesome flavor combinations!

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  23. homemade popsicles just plain = awesommmme!
    www.indramaticfashion.com

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  24. You poor thing having to deal with that heat! Here in Boston, it was in the 80's and people were complaining!

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  25. Looks yum! Perfect way to cool off during a humid summer day.

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  26. that sounds delicious!
    great review, happy blogging!

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  27. Chocolate Sea Salt???? Get outta here that sounds absolutely amazing! I need to visit immediately!!
    thanks so much for stopping by!
    xoxo tash

    http://www.thechirpyladybird.blogspot.com

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  28. Chocolate Sea Salt???? Get outta here that sounds absolutely amazing! I need to visit immediately!!
    thanks so much for stopping by!
    xoxo tash

    http://www.thechirpyladybird.blogspot.com

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  29. Thanks so much for your comment, Elle! Hope you'll stop by my little piece of the web again sometime soon. :)

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  30. thanks for your comment on my blog! i wish i can go one day to hawaii... it must be beautiful!!!!! saturday i am leaving for greece, that won't be hawaii but still vacations! :-D

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  31. I love those photos they are very colorful and summer like!
    Thanks for having stopped by my blog btw

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  32. Sounds amazing, I'd love to try the Chocolate and sea salt one!!

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  33. MM was crazy the other night. A very intense episode. I am not sure Don spilling all of that information in the second interview is going to turn out well for him in the next episode.

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  34. Those look and sound amazing! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    http://fromdenimtodessert.blogspot.com/

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  35. My gosh, how neat!! Too bad he probably won't be taking his little cart a couple hundred miles north to where I live! Such an interesting post :)

    By the way... I watched the Destination Truth video about Doll Island that you mentioned. I about lost it when that doll opened it's eye. My boyfriend tried telling me he thinks the guys walkee-talkee probably bumped the doll and knocked it open, but I didn't care. Took him a good 10 minutes to get me back in the room to finish watching. I'm such a baby...haha

    -Weezy from http://beautysimplistic.blogspot.com

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  36. That chocolate sea salt popsicle looks AMAZING. Jamba is my hot-day spot but this looks like a super fun place!
    xo Josie
    http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

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  37. chocolate sea salt?!?! omg - I'm currently addicted to Lindt's dark chocolate w/ fleur de sel and to have this turned into a popsicle would be sheer heaven!

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  38. Those look seriously delicious! I wish we had something like King of Pops over here. With the heat lately I could use a popsicle ever day. And uh, I could use a chocolate sea salt *anything* every hour! :)

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