Cape Cod Pops
Cape Cod Pops’ wicked good frozen ice cream and yogurt popsicles are marching out to new venues every day. Launched one year ago by owner Mary DeBartolo and business partner and friend Peter Kelly, this year the pair is revving up distribution. The popsicles were initially sold exclusively at their Local Scoop dessert bar and shop in Orleans, and at their Pop Mobile and Pop Cycle at many farmers’ markets and events across the Cape.
Now you can grab one of ten Cape Cod Pop flavors at Cape Cod Beer in Hyannis, Cape Abilities farm stand in Dennis, at Orleans Firebirds baseball games, the Eastham Market, Chequessett Chocolate in North Truro and Venture Athletics Kayak Shop in Provincetown.
Created by hand and on site in Orleans, each pop starts with an organic ice cream or yogurt base made by Blue Marble Ice Cream, an eight-year-old company that uses no hormones, antibiotics, pesticides or artificial additives. Every week Local Scoop meets the Brooklyn-based company in Rhode Island for a pickup. “I just adore working with them,” says DeBartolo.
Since its debut in 2012, Local Scoop has been reaching out to envelop the best foods that local artisan chefs and farmers have to offer into their frozen treats: Chequessett Chocolate; Cape Abilities and Wellfleet Sea Salt seasonings; Cabot’s Candy caramel; Cape Cod Beer’s Red Ale; Truro Vineyard’s Twenty Boat Spiced Rum; Hole-in- One granola; Art of Roasting coffee; and raspberry-flavored sugar from the Cape Cod Flavor Co.
Each one-of-a-kind popsicle is brought down to temperature lightening fast using a blast freezer registering -20 degrees, followed by a quick dip into white, milk or dark molten chocolate and a dredging into one or more of the crushed toppings, all organic and non-GMO.
Flavor preferences depend largely on the audience involved. Younger kids clamor for the Cookie Crusher (double stuffed Oreo ice cream dipped in white chocolate sprinkled with crushed cookies); those needing a pick-me-up may grab a Buzz (espresso frozen yogurt dipped in coffee coating and sprinkled with chocolate covered coffee beans); and the 21 and older crowd can snag a Vineyard (cranberry red wine pop). “But wherever we go, the Salted Caramel Pretzel usually tops the chart," says DeBartolo.
Local Scoop is grateful for a grant just received from the Community Development Partnership in Eastham. Now using the funds to foster expansion into other markets, develop new products and unify their graphic identity, DeBartolo says, “It’s helping us link Local Scoop and the Pops.”
Now you can grab a Pop and can bite into a local delight of summer all year round.
- Michelle Koch
The Local Scoop
34 Cranberry Highway, Orleans
508-255-0101 / thelocalscoopcapecod.com