Exceptional Quality Paired with Enticing Flavors Make these Popsicles a Must Try Treat
Pop Culture Artisan’s mission is “to redefine the traditional ice pop and ice cream bar and to also innovate and bring new flavors to Hawai‘i,” shared owner Justin Udom. Being born and raised on O‘ahu, Udom always knew he wanted to incorporate the unique sense of aloha that Hawai‘i contains into a product that everyone could enjoy. Finding inspiration in the local flavors and staples of Hawai‘i, he forged his popsicle company.
“I’ve been lucky enough to meet a lot of local farmers and a lot of small business owners.” Through his cultivated experiences, Udom was able to build a strong base for his company, taking lessons learned from his time at Kapi‘olani Community College’s culinary program as well as forming relationships with local farms to secure many of the premium ingredients used in the company’s popsicle lineup.
Pop Culture Artisan offers a variety of unique flavors such as Pumpkin Butter Mochi and Blackberry Yuzu Black Peppercorn. With their most popular flavor being Whatamelon made from 100% Hawai‘i grown watermelons, there is a flavor for everyone to enjoy.
One of the key factors in Pop Culture Artisans’ delicious and extravagant flavors is in their partnerships with local farms. “We’re also about to come out with a new flavor that features local coffee and local cacao nibs as well as local honey,” Udom mentioned. Being able to extract local flavors from high-quality sources makes all the difference.
Starting out their business during the COVID-19 pandemic proved to be a struggle at first for this young company. “In general, there’s lots of challenges that come with being a business owner during the pandemic, but luckily the people in Hawai‘i have been really supportive of small businesses. So we’ve been really lucky to have done as good as we have,” Udom expressed. Due to the community support and success that his business has had since launching, Udom has hopes to expand his business and flavor roster in the near future.
“We’ve slowly and steadily grown our business at a nice pace, so our goal is to just continue growing and to continue to share our products with the people of Hawai‘i and hopefully one day, abroad,” detailed Udom.
Seeing the smiles and joy that his popsicles create as well as pushing Hawai‘i’s food innovation forward are what drives and excites Udom to keep growing and crafting. Serving up their refreshing popsicles on O‘ahu and Hawai‘i, Pop Culture Artisan’s popsicles can be found at local farmers markets as well as small shops and grocery stores. Stop by their website at www.popocultureap.com to preorder their popsicles for pickup, check out their incredible flavor list, and get a glimpse of what collaborations and flavors the company is cooking up next.
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