Gallery: 4 Great Frozen Sweets on a Stick in Boston

Toscanini's Toto Pops ($3)
Toscanini's Toto Pops ($3)

For the best alternative to a cone of burnt caramel, check the help-yourself freezer case for Toto Pops. On any given day, you might find orange-coconut—crisp and juicy on the top, rich and creamy on the bottom—velvety green tea, strawberry-rosewater so fragrant it tastes like eating a handful of crushed petals, or ultra-dense, ultra-dark chocolate. Bonus: Instead of Popsicle sticks, they use plastic spoons—which may or may not be a subtle hint to go back for a dish of seconds.

Toscanini's
899 Main Street, Cambridge MA 02139 (map)
617-491-5877; tosci.com

Serenade Ice Cream Bar ($4.25)
Serenade Ice Cream Bar ($4.25)

Picture a Dove ice cream bar—and then picture it bigger and a whole lot richer. That’s the standard set at Serenade Chocolatier in Brookline Village, where they pack J.P. Licks vanilla ice cream (as well as two fruit flavors of the creamery’s sorbet) into deep molds, then dip each pop to order in an ultra-thick layer of their 72 percent dark chocolate, and (if you like) roll the bar in either crushed almonds or rainbow sprinkles.

Serenade: 5 Harvard Square, Brookline, MA 02445 (map); 617-739-0795; serenadechocolatier.com

Mandarin Oriental M Bar Push Pops and Popsicles ($5)
Mandarin Oriental M Bar Push Pops and Popsicles ($5)

Popsicles are all the rage these days, but Asana Pastry Chef Nelson Paz raised the bar when he reintroduced Boston to fancy push-pops. They come as two-tone flavors and sprout from frosty plastic molds. Green apple–mandarin marries two concentrated sorbets—orange and tart Granny Smith—with a side freshly cut apples. For a more decadent treat, try the dual-flavor, chocolate-dipped ice cream bars like strawberry-pistachio, mascarpone-coffee, and lemon verbena-peach.

M Bar at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Boston: 776 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199 (map); 617-535-8888; mandarinoriental.com/boston/dining

Cutty's Blueberry Popsicles ($3.45)
Cutty's Blueberry Popsicles ($3.45)

Their sandwiches are award-winning, and they make the best limeade in town. But if you hit up Cutty’s on a hot summer day, you might also catch Charles and Rachel Kelsey’s homemade blueberry popsicles. The Kelso Homestead blues are tossed with a little sugar, vanilla bean, and zest stripped from Meyer lemons sent from Rachel’s uncle Chris’ backyard tree in Santa Barbara, then roasted to concentrate their sweet juice and pureed with a little water so they freeze up just icy enough. Check their Twitter page to see if any are...popping up today.

Cutty's: 284 Washington Street, Brookline, MA 02445 (map); 617-505-1844; cuttyfoods.com

Toscanini's Toto Pops: $3
Toscanini's Toto Pops: $3

For the best alternative to a cone of burnt caramel, check the help-yourself freezer case for Toto Pops. On any given day, you might find orange-coconut—crisp and juicy on the top, rich and creamy on the bottom—velvety green tea, strawberry-rosewater so fragrant it tastes like eating a handful of crushed petals, or ultra-dense, ultra-dark chocolate. Bonus: Instead of Popsicle sticks, they use plastic spoons—which may or may not be a subtle hint to go back for a dish of seconds.

Toscanini's: 899 Main Street, Cambridge MA 02139 (map); 617-491-5877; tosci.com