10 Delicious Popsicles You’ll Melt For

This post was originally published on June 18, 2014 It's time we face the truth: We'll technically never have a real summer in San Francisco — blame Karl the Fog. But, that isn't going to stop us from pretending those sunny days are finally upon us. And, nothing parts those (figurative) clouds better than our favorite warm-weather treat, the Popsicle.
So, we went on the hunt for the best frozen wonders the Bay has to offer, venturing to every corner of the city to handpick the icy confections ahead. Whether you’re in the mood for a boozy treat or desire a crunchy, pretzel-covered creation, our roundup will have you ditching the cone this season. Yeah, we so went there.
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Blood-Orange Pomegranate Popsicle, $2.25, at Bi-Rite Creamery
The folks at Bi-Rite never fail to deliver — despite its notorious, out-the-door lines. But, we think this blood-orange pomegranate Popsicle is worth the wait. Really, what's not to like here? It's tart (thanks, pomegranate) and refreshing, and despite its crimson hue, it won't stain your tongue or lips. Summertime living really is easy.

Bi-Rite Creamery, 3682 18th Street (at Dolores Street); 415-626-5600.
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Strawberry Pretzel Pop, $3.79, at Garden Creamery
One taste of Garden Creamery’s strawberry-pretzel and you'll be hooked on its combination of salty and sweet. To create this masterpiece-on-a-stick, founder Erin Lang coats an oh-so-creamy strawberry semifreddo with white chocolate and crunchy pretzels. The best part? You don’t have to hunt down the truck to get your fix — this pop's now available in select Whole Foods locations throughout the city.

Garden Creamery, locations vary; check its website for details.
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Negroni Popsicle, $3, at Humphry Slocombe
Okay, we may be teasing you with this limited-edition confection, but this is one treat you should keep on your radar at all times. Humphry Slocombe's Negroni iteration is made exactly like the cocktail, just in frozen form. Basically, it's a sneaky way to have a "cocktail" in public without arousing any suspicion. Bummed you can't pick up the treat anymore? There’s always next year for this one in particular, but the ice-cream joint is known for crafting pops from time to time.

Humphry Slocombe, 2790 Harrison Street (at 24th Street); 415-550-6971.
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Pistachio Bar Gelato, $3, at Gelateria Naia
Gelato gets the Popsicle treatment thanks to Gelateria Naia. There, you’ll find flavors like kiwi, St. George single-malt whiskey, and even one made from Blue Bottle coffee. But, the real winner here is the pistachio pop, made from milk, sugar, pistachios, cream, eggs, and carob flour. Thanks to its extra-velvety texture, it lasts longer than other icy versions — a good thing, because you’ll wish it will never end.

Gelateria Naia, 520 Columbus Avenue (at Stockton Street); 415-677-9280.
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Strawberry Lemonade Popsicle, $3, at Pop Nation
Pop Nation isn't kidding around when it comes to pops: It has created more than 70 flavors of the ice-cold confection. And, while they tend to be decadent (like lemon lavender cake), we chose a relatively tame one that's still incredibly flavorful: strawberry lemonade. The texture is a perfect balance between icy and creamy, and the treat won't melt faster than you can lick. In other words: No sticky fingers. Pop Nation is currently available in select Alameda stores, but check its online calendar to locate the truck at upcoming events, and you'll be able to stick with it

The Pop Nation, locations vary; check its website for details.
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Honeydew Melon Popsicles, $1.99 for 4, at Polly Ann
When you have a major Popsicle craving and one simply won’t do, head to the Outer Sunset. Polly Ann keeps a freezer stocked with the goods, and $1.99 can buy you four sweet treats. You’ll find flavors like green tea, lychee, blueberry, and peach, but don’t overlook the honeydew melon. Its refreshing flavor is the perfect antidote to S.F.’s hit-you-out-of-nowhere heat waves. Grab a box, and enjoy ’em outside because there’s a beautiful view of the ocean on site.

Polly Ann, 3138 Noriega Street (between 38th and 39th avenues); 415-664-2472.
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Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Paleta, $3.50, at Nopalito
Fans of locally based Tcho chocolate must order this paleto from Nopalito. While the Mexican restaurant always has a rotating seasonal pop, it keeps its Tcho dark chocolate cinnamon version on constant rotation — because, yeah, it’s that good. It’s supremely rich and slightly salty, with a touch of spicy cinnamon for a knock-out frozen concoction. Vegans, you can get in on the party, too, because it’s completely dairy-free. Fair warning: This pop melts fast, so get to work quickly.

Nopalito, 306 Broderick Street (between Fell and Oak streets); 415-437-0303.
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Vegan Salted Caramel Popsicle, $3, at Smitten Ice Cream
There are certain desserts that leave a lasting impact, and Smitten Ice Cream’s vegan salted caramel pop is one of them. Even though it packs major flavor, it only has three ingredients: sugar, salt, and coconut milk. That’s it. The result? An insanely creamy treat that will make you start finding other excuses to head to Hayes Valley every day. Seriously, the addiction is real.

Smitten Ice Cream, 432 Octavia Street (at Linden Street); 415-863-1518.
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Paletitas, $7, at Padrecito
Cole Valley’s Padrecito wins best Popsicle presentation, hands down. The pretty array of mini paletitas (Latin American-style pops) is a flight of flavors that change seasonally. These days, you’ll get mango mascarpone, horchata blackberry, strawberry hibiscus, and lime-orange mezcal — all equally delicious. It's the perfect dessert to share with friends.

Padrecito, 901 Cole Street (at Carl Street); 415-742-5505.
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Grapefruit Ice Lolly, $3, at Twirl and Dip
While we're suckers for the pretty coral hue of Twirl and Dip's grapefruit pop, we're more enamored with its sour and extra-sweet taste — which is surprising given it has no added sweeteners. It’s more icy than creamy, and even if you’re not a fan of the citrusy fruit (like this writer), we promise you’ll still find this lovely treat delightfully refreshing.

Twirl and Dip, 335 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (at Music Concourse Drive); 415-205-8261.

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