Our journey starts in a tiny green house shaped trailer on the beaches of South Shore Lake Tahoe In the summer of 2011
We began selling Hawaiian style shave ice from our little green vending trailer, serving the refreshing treats with all organic, California-sourced syrups and toppings. Our name was Organic Ice, and we created quite a wave on the beaches of Lake Tahoe, becoming very popular with locals and tourists alike. We quickly realized how much the population valued eating treats made with real organic ingredients and no artificial flavors and chemicals. Over the next 7 years the business evolved, expanding to two trailers and two locations, as well as vending music festivals, events, and private parties.
While the shave ice venture was very successful, we always dreamed of making popsicles. Even in the snowy winter months, we ate store bought popsicles every day, and pondered the possibility of making our own with fresh, local fruit, rather than over processed ingredients and chemicals. After a few years of contemplation and popsicle research, in the summer of 2017 we decided to take the leap into offering popsicles on our menu. We took a popsicle training course (yes, that’s a real thing!) in Miami, FL and bought a fancy machine that freezes the pops in just 30 minutes.
And thus began Tahoe Pops!
At Tahoe Pops, we place value in sourcing ingredients from local farmers. How can we not? When we have access to the best fruit in the world right here in Northern California. We make our pops with fresh local fruit and dairy, organic whenever possible. Our main ingredient, fresh Tahoe mountain water, elevates our flavors to their full potential! And, to sweeten our pops, we use only Organic Cane Sugar. So you know you’re getting the freshest and highest quality ingredients with every delicious bite!
We believe in embracing sustainability, for the good of the earth, and use only biodegradable wrappers and to package our pops. Our wooden popsicle sticks are biodegradable as well!
Where we’re heading
As our journey continues, we are constantly searching for new flavor ideas and combinations, innovative recipes, and inspiration. Have an idea for a flavor you want to see? Want to carry our pops in your local grocery store or shop? Please get in touch with us on our contact page! We would love to hear from you.