Ice cocktail association establishes roots in Catonsville
November 11, 2014 - Picnic Time
Goat cheese, fig and spices aren’t reduction typically found in an ice cocktail — though one Catonsville proprietor is charity those surprising flavors in a summer treat, even as a continue grows cold.
“If we could go to Giant and be happy with a selection, we wouldn’t feel like we have to exist as a company,” pronounced Allison Bolten, 34, as she demonstrated how to make a icy treats in her kitchen on Devere Lane final week.
This tumble and winter, Bolten, owners of Picnic Pops, skeleton to work on branding her product to package and discharge in stores, before a icy treats grow renouned again during a open and summer months.
The all-natural, mostly organic, ice pops are done in Bolten’s kitchen.
Brown sugar, honey, vanilla, water, organic dates, thyme and rosemary simmered on a stove, producing a perfumed scent.
“It creates it a juicy syrup,” Bolten said, scheming another reduction of divert and goat cheese.
The dual mixtures were after total in a blender afterwards poured into molds.
The final product was an suddenly juicy multiple of flavors.
“The whole indicate is giving people a super yummy, honeyed adequate yield that has firmness — that is what it says it is,” pronounced Bolten, who changed to Catonsville in Jul from College Park.
“In unchanging ice cream lorry pops, there are food dyes that are proven to be bad for your health,” Bolten said. “Ours are unequivocally low in sugarine and unenlightened with fruit — so we feel good about it.”
Elder flower pear, rooibos maple, mocha, and pink and scotch are only some of a outlandish flavors offering by Bolten’s flourishing ice cocktail company.
Each cocktail is sole for $3 during festivals and farmer’s markets, with a reduced cost offering for bulk orders during catering events, Bolten said, adding, a association also offers some-more “universally acceptable” flavors like lemonade, pivotal orange pie, coconut apple and mango, for those with reduction brave palates.
Bolten pronounced a healthy product is for health-conscious relatives looking to yield their children with an choice to sweetened desserts.
“It’s good that they’re not installed with all a synthetic sugar, season and dyes found in unchanging [pops],” pronounced Melissa Schwarz, 45, who purchased batches of blueberry, watermelon and lemonade pops from Bolten for her 7-year-old son’s birthday 3 weeks ago. “He loves [ice pops], so I’d rather him eat those than a ones installed with sugar.”
Schwarz, a neighbor of Bolten’s, pronounced a healthy pops were a strike with a organisation of 20 kids during a party.
“They were gobbling them down,” she said. “They desired them.”
Bolten now caters private events like birthday parties and weddings. The treats are also offering by a Catonsville Cooperative Market and sole during a Sunday farmers’ marketplace offering by a Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce.
“I consider they found a genuine niche with these,” Schwarz said. “She comes adult with singular flavors that we won’t find from a mass prolongation line.”
Jennifer Taylor, another Catonsville parent, pronounced she bought a ice pops for her 9-year-old daughter’s birthday in August.
She pronounced it was a “exotic flavors” that irritated her interest, along with a enterprise to support a internal business in a community.
“I favourite a thought of assisting a internal business of a primogenitor here in Catonsville,” Taylor said. Bolten lives with her father John, a hydrologist for NASA, and her dual children. She pronounced a thought to make ice pops began as a summer family time activity.
They started creation a ice pops from tea — an Earl Grey and pink season and another with Rooibos tea and Vermont maple syrup.
“They’re unequivocally elementary flavors, though so good,” Bolten said, a self-described foodie who cooks dishes from blemish each dusk for her family.
“I satisfied early on that we wanted to spin this into a legitimate occupation,” pronounced Bolten, who teaches song lessons during a propagandize year.
Because there is reduction of a direct for song lessons in a summer, Bolten pronounced she indispensable to find a approach to occupy her time. She began offered a pops from a cooler. Then, in 2012, her father astounded her with a food cart, that she uses during a summer months during farmer’s markets and festivals. The transport authorised her to turn some-more of a bone-fide operation, with a ability to support events and sell her product to those looking to cold down during a breathless summer months.
“This was a summer gig for me, though I’m perplexing to make it a year turn thing,” Bolten said.
Her subsequent pierce is indiscriminate placement to grocery bondage like Whole Foods, Yes! Organic Market and other identical organic and healthy food stores.
She recently lifted some-more than $4,000 by Kickstarter.com, a website that allows people to lift income for specific causes or business endeavors. will go to branding pattern and securing food licenses to eventually get a product onto a shelves of grocery stores via a Washington, D.C. and Baltimore areas, Bolton said.
“Our idea is to be in during slightest a integrate of locally-owned health food stores by a finish of July,” Bolten said.
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