In the spirit of feeling at home in Charleston, I’m reviewing some of my favorite hidden gems around town. You might not see these businesses on TV, and none are tacky tourist traps.
With my city gaining various accolades in the public eye, here’s where the Lowcountry locals go!
Sometimes, a nice, tasty, popsicle is just what you need to beat the South Carolina heat. Whether you’re strolling downtown, eating in a restaurant like Evo Pizzeria or Mex 1 Coastal Cantina, visiting one of the many Farmer’s Markets, or shopping at Earth Fare, the best popsicle to beat the 100 degree+ heat is from King of Pops.
King of Pops offers a wide variety of popsicle flavors you can’t find anywhere else- these popsicles are far from the freezer-burnt cherry/orange/grape bars at the back of your freezer. From Apple Pie a la Mode and Cherry Lime to Peaches and Cream and Watermelon Mojito, there’s a pop flavor for everyone.
As a Yelp elite and active Yelp reviewer, I recently had the chance to attend a hands-on event at North Charleston’s King of Pops production warehouse in Park Circle, where we saw the staff make pops and sampled dozens of flavors.
King of Pops popsicles are popular here in town, with many local shops and restaurants selling them, along with carts and restaurants offering them as dessert, and I never realized that the operation is essentially in one large room.
The staff explained that they make the pops in-house daily, except on Saturday when it’s all-hands-on-deck at the local farmer’s markets. They continuously experiment with new flavors and even offer custom flavors for weddings and also adult popsicles that include beer, striving to use local, all-natural ingredients when possible.
The mixes are made in-house, pops molded, and placed in a deep freezer that freezes them in around 30 minutes. Then, they are vacuum sealed by hand. It was interesting to see the small (3-4 people) staff make the pops and know that the pops would go to carts, stores, and restaurants to satisfy happy, hot, Charlestonians.
King of Pops began in Atlanta after one of the founders lost a job, he and his brother followed their dreams to start a business. Since then, they expanded to Charleston and several other Southern cities, including Athens, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Richmond, and Savannah.
If you’re in Charleston, or visit one of those cities, be sure to try King of Pops. I highly recommend Cookies and Cream or Salted Caramel!
While I attended an Official Yelp Event at King of Pops’ warehouse, I was not compensated for this post. The event was open to all, and I love supporting King of Pops and other local Charleston businesses.
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