I’m presenting our second Houston blog series post in a slightly different way, it’s similar to a magazine interview with direct quotes. Which do you like better? Leave a comment or send me a message to help me make this a better experience for you!
Summer in Texas always seems like it’ll never end, but the heat is finally easing up, and I’m not sweating buckets as soon as I step foot out the door. Anyone else out there hate the intense heat and humidity as much me? But if there’s one thing this season is good for, it’s icy cold treats. Of course ice cream is always a good idea, but sometimes when the temperature is 90 degrees (but feels like 104 because that’s how we roll in Texas), don’t you prefer something lighter? That’s why I think popsicles are perfect for days like that, they’re so refreshing, especially if you pick something citrus-y! Kevin and I discovered Popfancy Pops back in July, after he managed to coax me out from my usual summer time hibernation, and we were delighted to see that it’s actually owned and operated by someone we went to high school with–Chris Doan. Located in Memorial City Mall’s food court (near the carousel), it immediately caught my eye with its fun colors and delicious looking pops. Also because I saw a sign offering a discount to Pokemon Go players, and multiple Pikachu dolls. I’m not ashamed to admit that. Anyway, now that I’ve confessed to having kind of dorky hobbies, read on to get to know Chris and see what sets these popsicles apart from others!
HOW POPFANCY POPS WAS BORN
“I’ve always been an artist my entire life and spent a long period of my post grad career transforming other people’s homes and businesses with small makeovers to modernize their lifestyle. I always wanted to do this for myself and brand something of my very own one day. I got the idea for Popfancy when I noticed the malls in Houston hardly had any choices for healthier dessert alternatives. My favorite part of the job is getting that priceless reaction from our customers when they try one of our pops. The feeling is euphoric, validating, and completely humbling all at the same time.
The most memorable experience I’ve had in this journey is looking back at how it all started with my two business partners, Kelly Choi and Kat Guzman. We started this company from humble beginnings and had to develop our own product, procedures, and branding all from scratch with no past experience. In a way, this blank canvas allowed our creative freedom to soar to new heights without any restrictions.”
“We cycle in flavors according to the produce calendar most of the time, but some flavors are just spur of the moment inspirations from daily life, cultural influences reflecting the diversity of Houston,and some nostalgic flavors from our childhood. My personal favorite from the fruity flavors would be our Mangonada. It’s sweet Mexican mango puree with a chamoy sauce, which adds a kick of tangy, salty, and spicy flare to the pop. And from the creamy variety I love the cereal milk pop because the flavor of the pop tastes like a childhood memory of drinking the milk after a breakfast session.”
Popfancy’s organic handcrafted pops come in a multitude of flavors: blueberry lemonade, coconut lime, pineapple mojito, watermelon basil, mangonada, raspberry bellini, salted caramel brownie, vietnamese coffee, horchata, thai tea, cereal milk, and strawberry parfait. (my mouth is watering as I type this, and I’m wondering if I can find time to stop by this week)
MEET THE MAN BEHIND THE POPS
“I’m a pretty simple guy. I enjoy watching movies mostly in my spare time. I grew up playing fantasy video games, so there’s still a big kid stuck inside of me.”
When asked about his favorite local eateries, Chris had this to say–“[That] is a bit difficult to nail down cause there are so many. I absolutely love Vietnamese food, not being biased because of my cultural heritage, but it’s honestly the best comfort food, with lots of authentic local hotspots to find here.”
GET YOUR POPS HERE
Memorial City Mall
303 Memorial City Way – Food Court
Houston, TX — 77024
5085 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX — 77056
(Grand opening Oct 15)
First Colony Mall
16535 Southwest Fwy
Sugar Land, TX — 77479
Popfancy Pops also provides catering services for private events, corporate events, and even large scale city events like the Rodeo, Pride, and Comicpalooza. As more and more brides are choosing to deviate away from the traditional wedding cake and opting for cupcakes and cake pops, might I suggest contacting Popfancy for something unique and memorable?