Strawberry-Basil and Pineapple-Cilantro Popsicles in New Orleans

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[Photographs: Jenny McCoy]

New Orleans has always had great ways to make the best out of its sweltering days. A sno-ball from Hansen's Sno-Bliz is definitely one of my favorites, a strawberry daiquiri from any number of drive-thru outlets falling shortly behind, and an ice-cold Abita root beer will always do the trick.

It's only April, but my weeklong vacation offered me my fair share of warm days (and sunburn, too!). When I was introduced to Nola's newest sunblock—homemade popsicles—at the Edible New Orleans magazine spring issue release party, all I could think of was "sweet relief!"

The Ponchatoula strawberry-basil and pineapple-cilantro flavors I sampled on Monday evening made by Michelle Weaver of Meltdown Popsicles were just delicious! They've also been known to make Nectarine Ginger, Chocolate Mint Milano, Vietnamese Coffee, Pineapple with Chili Powder, and equally interesting others.

Unfortunately Meltdown Popsicles doesn't have a website at this point, just a Facebook page. But you can get one in person at 508 Dumaine Street, just off Decatur, in the French Quarter. They are open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

About the author: Jennifer McCoy is the pastry chef at Craft in New York City. When she's not covered in flour or frying doughnuts, you can find her strolling the streets of Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, with her little dog Olive.

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