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Frozen pops for hot summer days

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BURLINGTON, Vt. - With the warmer weather here, more and more people are getting out and cooling off with cold treats.  Gina Bullard introduces us to one woman who wants you to indulge with her Made in Vermont pops.

In a land full of creemees, Sarah Carson is trying to ice out the competition with her Queen City Pops. "You would have to eat three creemees to get the same satisfaction as one Queen City Pops," Carson said.

She makes the frozen chocolate truffle pops at a community kitchen in Winooski. "It's kind of like a fudge pop for adults, gourmet, higher end," she said. "It's very similar to a truffle. The inside is a ganache, a mix of cream and chocolate and then coated in chocolate so it's quite rich."

For Carson, it's the perfect decadent dessert and business. She loved popsicles growing up and chocolate, so putting the two together was a match made for the freezer. But it took time to make her pop dreams come true. "Eating it from a stick is just way more fun and has this nostalgic feeling to it," she said.

After studying with a chocolatier, Carson took three years to perfect different flavors of the truffle pops, working odd jobs to pay the bills before opening Queen City Pops, just in time to cool taste buds this summer. "We have six flavors, milk, dark white, peanut, dairy free and mint crunch," she said.

Carson also has a flavor of the month. From cream to peanut butter, she sources as many ingredients as she can locally. You can find Carson selling the pops around Burlington with her solar powered freezer cart.  This reporter tried out Carson's personal favorite, the mint crunch.

The truffle pops cost $4 for one, or 2 for $7. "Special treat for special occasions, which is every day," Carson added with a laugh. A small price to pay for a high quality frozen dessert that's Made in Vermont.

This month Carson will feature a dairy-free mocha pop. You can find Queen City Pops at the Burlington Farmers Market and down by the waterfront Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. She also does special orders.
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