20191006- Poppy's- TBentley

Poppy Unique Frozen Treats is open Thursday to Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. and from noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

 

Fudge pops, fruit pops, cheesecake pops, coffee pops and more.

The 140-square-foot ice pops shop, Poppy Unique Frozen Treats, offers the Spokane community tasty gourmet ice pops with all-natural ingredients, exceptional textures and hand-crafted flavors.

Three ice pop freezers, one beverage cold case, a checkout stand, a single chair and their gourmet unique menu on the wall is what makes up the entire storefront.

The trendy frozen treat shop is no bigger than a regular sized dorm room, but that doesn’t stop them from selling a wide variety of 14 different flavors of ice pops in their mini size (1.5 oz.) and regular size (3 oz.), including vegan, gluten free and dairy-free options.

Poppy’s storefront is located down the road from Gonzaga’s campus on 1921 W. Northwest Blvd.

“We like to say we are the world’s smallest ice pop shop, and if someone is visiting Spokane, it’s this cool little special thing that you can come do with your friends or family,” said Mark Blanton, one of the owners of Poppy Unique Frozen Treats.

After buying this small gourmet ice pop business from Jenna Rademan in late 2018, the Blanton family took all of the ice pops off the shelves, developed new flavors, rebranded the company and put a twist on the gourmet ice pop industry. The expansion from regular fruit pops to the addition of cream-based pops allowed Poppy Unique Frozen Treats to access a wider market.

 “We have created an extremely unique texture," Blanton said. "We like to think of it as the great debate between whether or not you lick an ice pop, or you bite an ice pop. Poppy’s pops can go both ways."

This summer, the Blanton family purchased a 1990 parking enforcement three-wheeler and converted it into an ice pop selling machine. Equipped with an ice pop freezer, this hand-painted, stylish three-wheeler took the streets of Spokane in the tail end of the summer to sell gourmet pops and is expected to be back this spring.

"I had a Poppy fudge pop at a farmers market this summer. I like Poppy's ice pops because it's nice to eat local, all-natural treat while supporting the community," sophomore Lina Maurice said.  

Poppy Unique Frozen Treats’ two most popular flavors are fudge and cheesecake. The cheesecake ice pop creation was a total experiment, and the people of Spokane fell in love with it. After this type of pop blew up, Poppy’s created an assortment of different cheesecake variations including strawberry, blueberry, pumpkin spice and more.  

Recently, Poppy Unique Frozen Treats started a line with the local Roast House Coffee company. The pop’s signature blend is made of Roast House Coffee’s Viva La Noche bean and Noir bean. The dark roasted beans are turned into a cold brew and used in Poppy’s pops. 

The Blanton family’s process when creating these delicious pops is to brainstorm, test flavors out and finally make sure they meet the Poppy Unique Frozen Treat guidelines: all natural, as few ingredients as possible and the classic Poppy texture. 

“We want every ice pop to have that awesome wow factor, because we don’t want to put anything out on the shelves that isn’t amazing,” Blanton said.

Poppy Unique Frozen Treats will shut down for the season on Oct. 31 and reopen at the first sign of spring. During the winter, the Blanton family will take  time to create new flavors, master their pops and get ready for the sunny days of spring and summer.

Stop by Poppy Unique Frozen Treats to get in on their October sale: $1 mini pops and $2 regular pops. In addition, be on the lookout for the reverse ice-cream sandwich pop that is rumored to be coming out next spring.

Poppy Unique Frozen Treats is open Thursday to Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. and from noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday. 

Allie Noland is a contributor.

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