BAYFOOD TRAVELS:Ooh De Lolli (Fresno, CA) - My duties as the unofficial food tester for the wedding brought me to Ooh De Lolli. It’s really hot in the Central Valley, so my cousin thought it would be a great idea to have ice pops as part of the appetizers for guests to cool off and enjoy!
So, I went with the bride and groom to the commercial kitchen where the owner of Ooh De Lolli makes her treats. Besides being available for catering, Ooh De Lolli also sells at various events, such as Art Walks, and even in some local grocery stores in the area. She’s super friendly and let us taste a bunch of their flavors! While we may have all of these unique pop bar and ice cream flavors in the Bay, it’s still pretty new in Fresno. The owner relies on local ingredients, so the flavors change depending on the season and availability.
Her card advertises that it’s “paletas made by a gringa”, but she puts a more modern twist. All of the gourmet ice pops are dairy free - so they’re perfect for vegans as well. There are conventional flavors like lemonade or mandarin orange, but we tried a whole slew of flavors from her selection. The green one above was avocado lime, which was actually really tasty and light. The yellow one was lavender lemonade, which I really enjoyed. Other flavors we tried were peach, hibiscus strawberry, peanut butter with a chocolate coating, peanut butter curry, coffee cold brew, and fig.
The owner was also mixing up a new flavor, so we actually got to try some of the mix before it was frozen. It ended up being one of my favorites - watermelon cilantro! I’m not even a big fan of watermelon, but I just love the fresh and spicy flavor combination, it would be the perfect way to cool off on a hot day, such as the wedding.
If you rent her for an event or occasion, she will also try to make a flavor of your choice! Provided that ingredients are available and that it’s feasible. I really can’t wait to get my hands on a popsicle from the cute little car at the wedding - I’m gonna need it since it will be super hot!