June 29, 2010

Gourmet Twists on Favorite Childhood Comfort Foods

in food

Handcrafted Popsicles from King of Pops

Ever since the cupcake was elevated from grade school snack to culinary dessert, I wondered what childhood food would get the next gourmet makeover.  Now, from around the country, a few enterprising chefs and foodie entrepreneurs have been remaking their versions of childhood favorites.

Atlanta’s King of Pops is easily summed up in two words – handcrafted popsicles.  Yes, the common frozen treat has been “handcrafted” into all-natural concoctions like grapefruit mint, chocolate sea salt, Arnold Palmer, blueberry watermelon, and pineapple habeñero (probably not for the kiddies).  Flavors change daily and the chalkboard menu is photographed and tweeted to followers @thekingofpops.

From Los Angeles, there’s Paddy Mac, a macaroni-and-cheese only take-out offering 6 different variations from the classic All-American to the cheeseburger Paddy Mac, to leeks, mushroom and Gruyere version, to a spicy buffalo chicken and celery Mac.  Paddy Mac is only available for take-out or delivery in small to large trays.

Finally, in the most direct challenge to the cupcake, there seems to be many attempts to raise the status of the whoopie pie.  Unique recipes include Martha Stewart’s Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with cream cheese filling and a Red Velvet Whoopie Pie.  Check out other versions of whoopie pies on Flickr.

King of Pops image credit: GushParty

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