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PopBar Anaheim

September 18, 2014

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A few months ago, after years of development, a new food hall called the Anaheim Packing House opened in the heart of downtown Anaheim.  Just down the street from City Hall and taking over a historic building, the Anaheim Packing House is aiming to be the new, hip, foodie hangout of Orange County.  Leaning upon the history of the area, once known as a center for agriculture with groves of orange trees, the Anaheim Citrus Packing House, built in 1919 was a hub of activity for farmers who came with their fresh picked citrus ready to process and package into wooden crates which would then be carried off to market via the South Pacific rail line which lies just outside the building.  This packing house is one of just a few that remain within Orange County, and with the development of the packing house as a food hall for the community, showcasing local chefs and cuisine, the packing house has now found new life in a new form.

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Inside the Anaheim Packing House, the most popular food store was by far, PopBar.  An interesting and unique concept for serving popsicles that you knew I had to give it a try myself.  PopBar calls themselves “handcrafted gelato on a stick” using only the freshest and finest ingredients to make their all-natural popsicles in-house daily.  Hailing from Indonesia, with a majority of locations in Jakarta, PopBar can also be found in North American at the famous West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in Mexico, in the West Village in Manhattan and now at the Anaheim Packing House in Anaheim.

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The store was so new when I visited, that they had to draw up instructions on how to order a PopBar on white posterboard paper as properly printed, permanent instructions hadn’t been created yet.  As you can see in the instructions there are 3 different types of PopBars: popGelato, popSorbetto and yougurtPop.  All three types of PopBars are made fresh daily onsite with all natural ingredients and are gluten-free with no preservatives or artificial coloring.  In addition, popSorbettos are lactose-free and vegan friendly.

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To order your PopBar, peruse through that particular day’s flavors set out behind a glass-enclosed, refrigerated display case.  Each PopBar is labeled as a popGelato, popSorbetto or yogurtPop along with it’s flavor.  You can see here the hazelnut popGelato, green tea popGelato, pineapple popSorbetto, chocolate popGelato, yogurt (plain) yougurtPop, and mango popSorbetto.

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If that wasn’t enough, there’s also the banana popGelato, vanilla popGelato, blood orange popSorbetto, grapefruit popSorbetto, watermelon popSorbetto, pistachio popSorbetto, strawberry popSorbetto, gianduia popGelato and finally the mixed berries popSorbetto.

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After you’ve chosen your PopBar, that’s only half the battle.  You move on down the line and you must decide if you want your PopBar dipped.  There are 4 different dippings you can choose from: dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, or mint dark chocolate.  But that’s not it.  You also have to decide, if you want your PopBar dipped, do you want the whole thing dipped, only half of it dipped, or do you want your dipping drizzled on over the PopBar using a spoon?  So many decisions!

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And then, there are poppings!  It’s toppings for your PopBar, hence the name poppings.  Again, more decisions to be made.  The poppings that are offered are almond, pistachio, hazelnut, caramel corn, waffle cone, chocolate sprinkles and coconut shavings.  How your poppings are applied to your PopBar depend on how you determined you wanted your dipping.  If your PopBar is half dipped in sauce, then your poppings will also only cover half the PopBar.  This is because the sauce that your PopBar is dipped in acts as the “glue” that will bind your popping to your PopBar.  So, if you only drizzle on the dipping, then you’ll only get a drizzle of the popping as well.

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There’s so many different combinations and flavor profiles that you can mix and match to your liking.  When I made my first popBar, I chose the banana popGelato.  As soon as I saw banana, I knew it was mine as I’m a sucker for banana-flavored anything.  The banana popGelato already comes dipped in chocolate, but I asked for a half-dipping of white chocolate to go with the dark chocolate already on the bar.  And for my popping, I went with caramel corn.  This created a sticky, chewy, and sweet concoction.  I loved it.  The caramel corn was crunchy and chewy, the white chocolate was decadent, the dark chocolate was rich and underneath it all, the banana popGelato was so good.  Full of banana flavor, and definitely with no added sugar or preservatives, it tasted so fresh.  The combination of chocolate and banana is one you just can’t go wrong with.

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My friend also chose a banana popGelato.  See, banana is just so irresistible.  Even though it already was dipped in chocolate, she asked for a full dipping in milk chocolate and a popping of coconut shavings.  Banana, chocolate and coconut, another classic, tropical combination.  Having just returned from a trip to Hawaii, I think she commented that it was like tasting Hawaii all over again.  Either I just spent too much time savoring my popBar or she enjoyed hers just as much as I did because she finished off her popBar faster than I did.

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I see now what all the rage is with PopBar Anaheim.  It’s fun, clever, and it’s designed to be made so that every customer walks away happy.  After all, how can you not enjoy a combination of flavors, dippings and poppings you chose yourself?  It’s flavorful and fruity and for the most part, relatively healthy as well.  It’s a fun afternoon treat, especially during a hot Southern California afternoon.  Believe me, I’ll be back to PopBar Anaheim in the near future!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 18, 2014 7:51 am

    It looks fun. It also looks like somewhere that a person who had to avoid gluten, or dairy, or other allergens could have a treat and enjoy themselves 🙂

  2. Heather Morrow permalink
    September 18, 2014 7:46 pm

    Looks good.

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