This article has been updated by Sydney Gladu on July 9, 2019.
Do you remember that time in your life when all the world’s problems could be solved by an Otter Pop on a hot day? We miss those days. Being a grown-up is hard—but popsicles still help. Ensure you have a great summery weekend with one of these sweet, cool treats on a stick:
Now in their brick and mortar location for almost a year, Seattle Pops has been serving up fruity, creamy, chocolate-dipped, caramel-drizzled and rainbow-sprinkled pops in the heart of Wallingford. You can still find them at farmers markets across the city, check out their pop-up locations here, or swing by the U District market on Saturday or either Fremont or West Seattle markets on Sunday.
Order: The seasonal flavor right now is avocado, but we’re a big fan of the creamy Kona coffee.
Try Seattle Pops with a view and some booze at one of the largest rooftop bars in downtown. The featured summer cocktail is a strawberry or mango chile Seattle Pops in a glass of prosecco.
Order: Try the mango chile for that extra kick on a hot day and wash it back with some lovely bubbly.
This adorable little Ballard shop, where all the ice cream is made from scratch from real, organic ingredients, has ice cream cones and macaron ice cream sandwiches, but we find ourselves here repeatedly for that throwback to childhood: the push-up pop.
Order: There are usually a couple of flavors to choose from, and they rotate regularly, but if strawberry anything is available right now, get it.
Seattle Cookie Counter
Named after the delightful ice cream sandwiches sold originally from the mobile business’ VW van, Seattle Cookie Counter’s Greenwood shop and new Capitol Hill location have an expanded menu that also includes treats like their take on a DQ Dilly bar, with ice cream dipped in a hard shell. Did we mention everything here is vegan?
Order: You may not find the same option twice, but the PB&J variation with peanut butter shell is magic.
Another place to try an upscale decadent DQ-inspired Dilly bar is Ballard’s rising star James Beard semifinalist restaurant Sawyer. The cuisine is inspired by “junk food” and the Dilly bar is no exception; smothered in magic shell crafted from Theo Chocolate and place vertically in a dish filled with cookie dough.
Order: The Dilly bar, but the s’mores choco tacos are also a crowd pleaser.
Edouardo Jordan calls the cold, house-made treats at his Southern restaurant “flips,” though they’re essentially sorbet frozen in Dixie cups. New flip flavors pop up every couple weeks at the Ravenna spot.
Order: Go for pineapple, it’s a favorite of Jordan’s son and is always on the menu.
Already known for outside-the-box Thai dishes, this Issan-style restaurant has added “Poptails” to its summer menu. Look out for a new boozy flavor every Monday through July and vote on Soi’s Instagram for your favorite. The top three winners will stick around through September.
Order: The Thai Tea boozy popsicle celebrates southeast Asia’s staple drink with a touch of El Dorado Rum. We wouldn’t be surprised if it makes the cut for the final three.