Meet Anna & Allison

Our story started on a family summer vacation in Bowling Green, KY when we were told by our Air BnB host to try out this cute shop selling gourmet popsicles.  After a fun filled day, we stopped at The Pop Works to try it out.  Let me just say, the kids were in heaven and so were the adults! But these were so much more than what we typically think of when we think of a frozen kid’s treat. These were a gourmet pops! They were fun and colorful, but all natural and handmade! Unlike anything we’d had before.

 

The car ride back to the cabin was filled with, “OMG this is so good!”, “What a genius idea!”, “Who would have thought a popsicle could taste so good?”, “We need something like this where we live.”

 

So, that’s where it began… sitting on a little red sofa in a small cabin while the kids watched a movie. Anna’s mind was racing thinking about how to bring this sweet idea to the St. Louis and Southern Illinois area. So, she just said to her sister-in-law Allison (known as the best cook and health fanatic in the family), “You know, we could totally do this. We could be a team. You could do what you love, which is working in the kitchen creating one-of-a-kind recipes and making people happy with food, and I could do the marketing and business side of this business from IL.”

 

In August of 2018 we finalized our paperwork and Fantastick Pops was born. From the beginning, the one thing we knew right away was that we wanted our product to be locally sourced fruits and veggies, with ingredients that were all-natural. Nothing artificial!  Allison started developing recipes and the family became the taste testers. Now, after countless hours of planning, researching, and hard work, we will officially open our business and food truck doors in the Spring of 2019. We are ecstatic to bring something new to the St. Louis and Southern IL area- Fresh, handcrafted, all-natural artisan popsicles!

Are you open all year?

Since we are a food truck, you will be able to find us out and about at many local events and festivals. Be sure to follow our social media pages to find out where we will be next!

You can also book us for your own catered event or party.

Why does your menu change frequently?

We will always carry staple and popular pops throughout the year, but we find it’s fun to have seasonal options available through the year as well. We also work with local farmers and use locally sourced ingredients as often as possible, so when a particular crop is in season we will use it at it’s freshest time.

Do you make special or custom flavors?

You bet we will!  If you have a special request let us know. We are always happy to give you exactly what you are looking for.  You can also “suggest a flavor” on our contact page.

Do you ship pops?

We do not currently offer this as a option, but it is our goal to find an affordable way to offer this in the future.

Are Fantastick Pops organic?

Our main goal when starting was to offer locally-sourced and natural ingredients with no preservatives or other nasty things. We do offer some fully organic options when available and we also offer vegan and non-dairy options as well.

None of our pops have food dyes, artificial flavors or sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup.

What about sugar-free pops?

You’re in luck! Anna’s mom is diabetic, so we made sure to create options with no sugar added. Remember, fruit is a natural sugar itself, but just ask us and we are happy to help you find a pop for your dietary restrictions.

What kind of events to you cater?

Gatherings of any kind:

  • Weddings
  • Bridal Showers
  • Baby Showers
  • Birthday Parties
  • Corporate Events
  • Cocktail Parties
  • Bar Mitzvah / Bat Mitzvah
  • Quinceanera
  • School Events
  • Fraternity/Sorority Parties
  • Graduation
  • Fundraisers

If you have an idea we would love to help bring something fun to the menu. We can set up a table with a cooler of pops or we can bring our truck and really turn your event into something memorable! Custom branded sticks for your party is also an available option. Just ask!

Do you make pops with nuts/tree nuts in the same facility?

All of our pops are made in the same facility. In an effort to prevent cross-contamination we take extra precautions to deep clean all of our equipment and surfaces before the next pop flavor is made. The pops listed below may be found on our menu throughout the year and contain nuts or tree nuts:

  • Amaretto Cream (almond)
  • Butter Pecan
  • Coconut
  • Cashew
  • Carrot Cake (pecans)
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • Divinity (pecans)
  • Fruitcake (pecans)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Peanut Butter Banana
  • Peanut Butter Pie
  • Pistachio
  • Sweet Potato Pecan
  • Vegan Banana (coconut milk/oil)
  • Vegan Chocolate (coconut milk/oil)

Please let our servers know if you have a nut allergy so we can take extra precaution in helping suggest flavors that are best for your dietary needs.

Does your dipping station contain nuts?

Our dipping station contains nuts and pops containing nuts are dipped in our chocolate dips. There is a risk of cross-contamination when dipping your pops.

The drizzles and dustings that are used in our dipping station are not at risk for cross-contamination and are nut-free.

Do any of your pops contain gluten?

Most of our pops are typically gluten free!

NOTE: Adding toppings to the pop, like cookie or gramcracker toppings will affect this. The GF options will always be noted on our menu for our customers who avoid gluten.

Can I order ahead and pick up my pops?

Yes! For orders of 25 pops or more, we’ll pack up your pops and have them ready to go for you. We will need a 2 weeks notice for larger orders. If you are past the 2 week mark, please reach out to us and we can tell you want we have available with our in-stock flavors.

Do you deliver?

We do not offer delivery options at the time. However, we can arrange pick up options in both the St. Charles, MO and Germantown, IL area.

How long will my pops stay frozen?

Keeping pops frozen involves a lot of factors. Many of our customers like to enjoy our pops at home, at work, and at events like weddings and birthdays. With that in mind we’ve put together some tips to help you take your pops on the road!

The Flip Box Cooler
We think our Flip Box Cooler is a great deal!  If you are ordering a large number of pops (50 or more) and want to carry them out of our store, this is the way to do it.  Made of expanded polypropylene this cooler is very light weight and easy to handle. It will keep your large pop orders cold for up to 2 hours with NO ICE! We can add dry ice to your order and your pops won’t melt for up to 10 hours. Best of all, this cooler is reusable! It keeps cold things cold and hot things hot so you can use it for more than transporting your pops. It breaks down to store flat and is dishwasher safe.

Travel Your Way

Want to use your own cooler to travel with your pops?  No problem!  Bring in your cooler from home and we’ll fill it up.  Here are a few tips to make sure your pops travel well:

  • Your pops will stay colder longer if there is not a lot of extra air in your cooler.  It would be better to fill up a smaller cooler with pops than to have just a few pops in a large cooler.  The more air in the cooler the warmer the temperature, not good for pops!
  • It is better for your pops if your cooler is room temperature or chilled before we put the pops in it. A warm cooler will melt your pops. If you would like to drop off your cooler in advance we’ll keep it nice and cold and have it packed and ready when you come back.

Additional Tips

Using Dry Ice

Dry ice is great if you plan to travel a long distance or if you aren’t able to store your pops in a freezer once you arrive at your destination.  Here are some things to keep in mind if you are considering using dry ice to transport your pops:

  • Dry ice is really, really, really cold… 109 degrees below zero, cold!
  • Dry ice makes your pops extremely cold and very hard. Pops should not be eaten directly off of dry ice. If you use dry ice you’ll need to give your pops some time to warm up to an edible temperature.  The longer they are on dry ice, the longer that will take.
  • Dry ice must be handled and disposed of with care.  As dry ice “melts” it turns from a solid to CO2 gas, which means it needs to be kept in a well ventilated area.
  • Dry ice should not come in direct contact with your bare skin.  Due to the extreme temperature it can cause severe frost bite. Touching dry ice is a lot like touching something that is very hot. So be prepared to handle it with care!

Serving Your Pops

Serving your pops is very similar to how you might serve traditional ice cream.  It’s best to keep them in the freezer until you are ready to serve them. Unless the pops are packed on dry ice they are often a tad soft (especially our creamy pops). Build in some freezer time for your pops before you serve them so they’ll be at their best.

How far ahead do I need to book a cart for my event?

We recommend contacting us as soon as possible. We do have limited availability and our truck books quickly, particularly in the warmer months.