There are many ways to beat the heat this summer in New Orleans, but one of the best ways to cool down is to “Meltdown.” Meltdown is an incredibly delicious and refreshing treat that is reminiscent of my days as a child when my mom would make homemade popsicles for us kids in the neighborhood. But this definitely is nothing like my momma used to make. Located in the Bywater, Meltdown is a gourmet ice pop shop that is an epicurean delight that is perfect on a hot day – or any day of the year in my opinion.
I have been several times and experienced such wonderful tasting combinations like guava with chai seeds, pineapple cilantro, or salted caramel. All their ingredients are fresh and locally sourced. The fruit flavors just burst forth in your mouth such as watermelon or strawberry.
Meltdown’ humble beginnings started in 2008 in a salvaged 1971 postal vehicle that had been converted into an ice cream truck. This vehicle can still be seen on the streets today and best yet, you can hire Meltdown to be at your private event or party. With the trend of the food trucks on the rise, owner Michele Weaver opened a shop in the French Quarter in August 2009.
Everything in the shop is made from scratch and these tasty frozen confections are 100% natural. With a regularly changing menu, Meltdown is able to keep their choices exciting and current as the various fruits come in and out of season. Herbs play a vital role in these food lover’s popsicle. Other popular choices are pineapple basil, strawberry hibiscus and peach orange blossom. Two of my favorites are from the creamy selections, salted caramel, and Vietnamese coffee. The shop is located at 4011 St. Claude Avenue. For more information, go to www.meltdownpops.com or call 504-301-0905.
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