Stick Pick

The Hyppo Specializes in Unorthodox Popsicles

Think flavors like avocado cream, horchata and dark roast espresso.

By Cooper Levey-Baker April 26, 2018 Published in the May 2018 issue of Sarasota Magazine

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Popsicles from The Hyppo

Image: Evan Sigmund

Summer doesn’t officially kick off until next month, but the heat has already settled in. That means it’s “popsicle weather,” according to one of the young counter servers at The Hyppo, a new popsicle shop that opened on St. Armands Circle last December.

​The location is tiny, with a low ceiling that would have Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ducking, but convivial, with ridges of brightly colored popsicles painted all over the walls and affable staffers eager to suggest a flavor or three. In fact, if you ask the employees about any of the varieties, the answer is almost always, “Oh, it’s so good.” Thing is, they’re right.

​The shop’s selection varies from week to week, with roughly 450 cycling through in a given year. All of the popsicles are made in St. Augustine, where the company was founded in 2010. The St. Armands location is the chain’s 12th overall and first in the area. The popsicles sell for $3.75. A fresh chocolate coating will cost you an extra buck—worth it, particularly on the creamier treats.

​On one recent visit, the menu included horchata (good), pistachio and orange (good), peanut butter pie (good) and many more, like avocado cream and dark roast espresso (good, I’m assuming). On the way to the beach? On the way home from the beach? Stop by. The forecast calls for popsicles. 

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