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The Hyppo Gourmet Popsicles Keeps Things Cool in Historic St. Augustine, FL

14 Apr


Look for this sign (above) when touring historic St. Augustine, Florida. It should prove to be especially welcoming on a hot summer’s day. But don’t let the season of the year or weather dictate your decision to stop in at The Hyppo Gourmet Pops. Anytime is right for these delicious and surprisingly heathful frozen treats. The name Hyppo is obviously a play on the name of the street (Hypolito Street) on which the flagship shop (opened in 2010) is located.  

We dropped in this last March — following a tasty dinner at a nearby restaurant called The Floridian (more on that in a later post). It had been a particularly busy Saturday at The Hyppo. The young man working the counter proudly informed me that more than 500 pops had been sold that day. It helped that it was Easter weekend — and Spring Break — and in the midst of St. Augustine’s 500th anniversary celebration. But don’t be fooled … this joint is always pretty, well, POPular. (INSERT GROAN HERE)

I ordered a coconut popsicle dipped in dark chocolate and I did not regret my decision. My only regret was that we did not have more time to stick around and experiment just a bit more. Eccentric flavor marriages such as Watermelon Elvis, Honeydew Avocado, and Cream Cucumber Lemon sound tempting, to say the least. They may sound like shotgun weddings to you, but I assure you these tastes do somehow live happily ever after.

So many pops, so little time. But don’t worry … we’ll be back.

Drop by The Hyppo sometime and let us know what you think.

We think the folks at Hyppo are very cool, indeed! 


Pop Art? A very cool wall hanging (above) at Hyppo Gourmet Pops.


Only the freshest fruit is used — like Plant City (FL) Strawberries!


This dreamy mural (seen above) adds to the shop’s whimsical feel.


This simple process (shown above) produces delicious results.


Ingredients like Mamey & Jackfruit can make choices tough.


An intriguing flavor combination … and very appealing to me.


What is DATIL, you ask? Well, the Datil is a pepper that produces a good deal of heat to the palate. It is especially popular in and around St. Augustine. In fact, the city hosts the annual Datil Pepper Festival each October. It is billed as “The Hottest Festival in Florida.”

The Hyppo Gourmet Pops – 15 Hypolito Street, St Augustine, FL 32084

(904) 217-7853; www.thehyppo.com

Fruitville Farmers Market

21 Feb


We drove over to the Fruitville Farmers Market this morning. It is a beautiful day here in SW FL and the market was fully stocked with farm fresh fruits & veggies. It was also quite crowded thanks to all the snowbirds in town this time of year. I couldn’t resist buying a big, beautiful FL sweet onion. We picked up some green squash too, so I guess we’ll be having some squash casserole for dinner tonight.



Plant City Strawberries, grown just about an hour or so up the road from us,  are pretty much the best that FL has to offer. They are huge, brilliantly red, and very juicy. I had a few of them for lunch today and, boy, were they good!


Honeybelle oranges are often referred to as the “Queen of Citrus.” They are bright orange and simply bursting with tangy flavor. The market was sampling slices today and I must confess that I slipped back into the line a couple extra times. So sue me already!


FL limes are always super tart and tasty. Anyone for mojitos??? 


Green tomatoes, ready for frying, alongside plump red “maters”


Cubano peppers are mild & beautifully colored – 3 for just $1