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Beat the heat with Meltdown, ‘frozen confections on a stick’

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Soooooo…it’s hot…and it’s only the beginning. Whether you want it or not, summer’s here. Yeah, we were teased last month with those cool and low humidity weekends, but June has already spoken…and she said she ain’t having all that.
 
So what’s better when it’s sweltering outside than something sweet and COLD? And we’re not talking about your typical snowballs or huckabucks (aka frozen cups)…we’re talking about popsicles. But before you get all up in arms thinking we’re discussing those popsicles out of the frozen section at the grocery store, just hold your drawers for a minute.
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Yes, while you may know and be intimately familiar with those box popsicles, New Orleanians have something better…all-natural, homemade, gourmet popsicles by local “popsicle-maker” Michelle Weaver, owner of Meltdown, a shop for “frozen sweets and savory treats.” 
 
After having a literal meltdown with her career in the fashion industry, Michelle turned her hobby of creating frozen pops into a full-fledged business and opened Meltdown in 2009 in the French Quarter. With her all-natural approach, these popsicles are certainly not like the ones we ate when we were young! “Everything starts from a natural source,” Michelle explained. “For example, if it’s a strawberry pop, it’s gonna start from a fresh strawberry. Anything that I can source locally, I do, such as raw sugar, honey, herbs, and any fruits that are in season. In addition, all of the fruit pops are all vegan.”
 
And the flavors at Meltdown are certain to whet your curiosity as Michelle pairs ingredients together that you probably would never think of, such as pineapple cilantro, coconut basil, lime ginger, strawberry hibiscus, and salted caramel (which by the way is one of the best sellers!), among many others. “The very first flavor I ever made, and it sort of set the tone for our flavor core, was strawberry basil. So from that, I love to use herbs. I love to mix sweet and savory. Pineapple cilantro, my favorite one, is a great seller. So I try to use as many herbs as I can. It’s also a good vehicle to get children to try complicated flavors. My son, for example, is five years old and he loves every one of them. I’m not so sure how else I could get him to try a pineapple cilantro unless it was in an ice pop.”
Beat the heat with Meltdown, ‘frozen confections on a stick’ | IntheNOLA.com
Michelle added, “Everyone’s really surprised at how fresh they are and how you can really taste the natural flavors of the pops. The expectations sometimes with pops is that if you come in and order a watermelon, it’s gonna taste like a Jolly Rancher rather than the actual fruit. That’s been a real eye-opener, especially for kids because kids’ anticipation is that the flavors are gonna taste like the artificial flavoring that they’re used to. It’s been nice peoples’ changing palates from artificial to more natural.”
 
The menu at Meltdown is always changing to reflect the season’s availability (hmmm…should definitely be some peach and blueberry pops in the near future).
 
If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth and beat the heat with a healthy frozen treat, be sure to stop by Meltdown’s two locations: 4011 St. Claude Ave. and 508 Dumaine St.
 
For more information about Meltdown, please visit the website, Facebook, and Twitter.
Last modified on Wednesday, 12 June 2013
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