M

y friend told me Pop Fizz has the best popsicles she’d ever tasted.

Huh, I thought. What’s so great about popsicles?

I’d passed their tiny white cart at Albuquerque’s Downtown Grower’s Market on more than one Saturday and, sure, I’d been intrigued. I thought about asking the nice young man to open the top so that I could check out what he had going on in there. But who was I kidding? It was 8 o’clock in the morning and it wasn’t like I was going to be buying anything he was selling before I’d had coffee. I hate being a looky-loo so I just walked right by, eyeing the Pop Fizz satellite location out of the corner of my eye.

But after school last Friday, I took two-thirds of The Three and a friend out to the Pop Fizz storefront on Bridge. Inside we were welcomed so warmly that, if you’d been watching and didn’t know any better, you would be forgiven for mistaking us as regulars. There were so many choices—shakes, floats, spicy nachos that come tucked inside a bag and more fanciful flavors of popsicles than I have room to list here—that Peaches couldn’t make a decision for 15 minutes. In the end, she had a Mexican Coke float with vanilla and mint chip ice cream while Roy and his friend made short work of their Orange Crush float and a choco taco filled with mint chip ice cream.

As we sat in the cool comfort of the store, I made short work of my lime paleta (coated in salt) and thought I should tell you that my friend was right: Pop Fizz really does have the best popsicles. Go taste for yourself.