It’s never too cold for a Popsicle.
At least that’s what I think. If you disagree, no fear, there’s more to Popbar than its chilly treats. Walking in from the dreary, dark-at-5pm outside, the space is refreshingly and delightfully colorful. Feast your eyes on row after row of popsicles–all made from imported Italian ingredients. Pick between creamy licks, guilt-free yogurts, fruity bars or some combination thereof. A variety of toppings and dips are also available, but I like to keep it simple. To start, the strawberry, which was dotted with seeds and tasted almost as natural as it looked. As for the hazelnut, it was nutty as expected, but I had hoped it were even creamier. It may be however, that it was already pushing the cream frontiers of Popsicles, which are, after all, not ice cream.
Of course, the star of this cold day was the hot chocolate on a stick. Bars of milk, white, dark chocolate are crafted like popsicles and are paired with a steamy cup of milk. It certainly calls for some degree of patience as the chocolate slowly melts into the milk. Once infused, the hot chocolate is a lovely contrast with the pops. You can even buy them by the pack and heat the milk yourself.
Overall, PopBar doesn’t disappoint. As a novelty specialty store, it may have difficulty in creating a following. For me, Popsicles somewhat lack the satisfaction (calories) gotten from consuming a two-scoop ice cream. With that said, in the warmer months I can see PopBar being an oasis. I hope it can satisfy a certain craving, especially since it delivers!
5 Carmine St.
New York, NY 10014