I had been hearing through the local foodie blogs and the newspaper how yummy Ono Pops were, so when we saw the tent at the Haleiwa farmer’s market today, I dragged the family over and insisted we try some. And yes, they are delicious! Left to right are Lilikoi 50/50, Green Gingetanical, Pineapple Li Hing, and Creamy Pink Lemonade.
Remember 50/50 bars with orange on the outside and vanilla in the middle — that’s the basis of the Lilikoi 50/50, except that it’s been island-ified with lilikoi (passionfruit) sherbet on the outside and homemade vanilla ice cream on the inside. Sweet, creamy, and a little tangy, I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t like this popsicle.
With all the outrageous flavor combinations, my mom decided she’d go all the way and try the strangest. It’s made with the unlikely combination of fresh ginger, honey, thai basil, sea asparagus (AKA sea beans or glasswort for Chopped and Top Chef fans), lime, and maybe a few other interesting ingredients we can’t remember. It was very gingery and herby, not too sweet, very unusual. Weird, but good. Also on the menu was a Yellow Gingetanical which replaces the fresh ginger with candied, the honey with cane sugar, and the lime with lemon. The funny part though is that Ono-maker Josh said these two flavors were inspired by the liqueur Chartreuse!! I’m not clear as to whether he was under the influence of Chartreuse while inventing these pops, or if it was just the color he was emulating, but I thought it was an interesting coincidence that Chartreuse would pop up during our Twelve by Twelve Chartreuse challenge! What are the chances?
Pineapple Li Hing was a must for me since I am on a mission to try Li Hing powder in all it’s applications. This is far and away my favorite! Cold and pineappley with a hint of sweet sour salty to cut the acid and give some depth. You can give me Li Hing in Ono Pop form any day!
Finally, my lover of pink lemonade chose the Creamy Pink Lemonade pop. It must have been good as his was finished first. The Pop maker said it’s a bit tricky to achieve the right balance of creamy and tart, but I think he’s done a wonderful job. If you like pink lemonade (and who doesn’t?) you’ll enjoy this popsicle.
There’s even a vegan chocolate apple banana pop, but we couldn’t convince the vegan member of our group to try it — too soon after breakfast.