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Manager Jeanette Smith presents Crantastic, Royal Blush, and Parisian Pink.
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A trio to tease your tongue.
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Donna Harris, a diabetic, and granddaughter Lillie Edwards enjoy the indulgence.
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Beat summer heat with a gourmet ice pop.
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Cook Branda O'Brock pours a delicious concoction in the Geauxsicle's kitchen.
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Geauxsicles logo on their food truck.
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Geauxsicles on wheels that will come to you.
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Geauxsicles signature wall mural at the former Youree Drive location.
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Owner Erin Johnson's wall design enhances the kitchen.
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The quirky wall art just another expression of owner Erin Johnson's creative juices.
August in the South, famous for smothering heat. The blazing sun sears its way into everything from headlines to kitchen banter.
Forget frying an egg on the sidewalk. Author Rachel Caine said Southern heat could fry an egg inside the chicken.
Happily, a Shreveport family has bred its own antidote for refreshing relief. Enter Geauxsicles.
The Geauxsicle is defined as a grown-up popsicle. Gourmet, if you please. Birthed from a fresh fruit smoothie and embossed with a Louisiana fleur-de-lis, the confection is the clever brainchild of Shreveport local thirty-something Erin Johnson. The year was 2010, and Erin was feeling the relentless Southern heat. She headed to the kitchen to make a fruit smoothie and decided to add a stick to the concoction and freeze it.
A family business was born. She knew she was on to something that would set the Ark-La-Tex on....ice.
She and family members Walter, Elizabeth, Andrew, along with her mother Sissy and father Walter, have created 18 flavor sensations, teasing the tongue into a delicious lollapalooza. Tempting names such as Parisian Pink, Cocoa Rouge, Choc-wave, and Lemondrop entice the heat-weary to stop and cool off.
Each ice pop is hand-made using natural ingredients like dairy, honey, fresh fruits and various herbs right at their local store, which up until recently was at 3970 Youree Dr.
“I am building a kitchen from scratch,“ said Erin Johnson about the move. The new place at 1817 East 70th has a much larger kitchen and lobby, a benefit customers will enjoy, adds manager Jeanette Smith. The new location opened on Aug. 1.
“We’re thinking we’ll be able to host birthday parties right in our new lobby,” said Smith.
In terms of the sweet treats available, diabetic and no-sugar fans have no reason to despair. They can indulge in Geaux Low pops, sweetened with Truvia instead of sugar. Several Geaux Low flavors are offered daily. All of the pops are so natural they come with a warning: Watch for pieces of fruit or even seeds. All pops are priced at $2.99.
On a July weekday, Donna Harris, a diabetic, brought her 11-year-old granddaughter Lillie Edwards to try a Geauxsicle for the first time. Donna tried a sugar-free best seller, the Cocoa Rouge, made with rich chocolate, dark red cherries and a hint of almond.
“It satisfied my chocolate craving without the cardboard taste of other diabetic products,” she said.
Best sellers of the 18 pops include the Parisian Pink, a creamy cheesecake and raspberry taste with bits of white chocolate inside, and the Cookie Mac-ster, a smooth, decadent caramel pop with chocolate cookies.
Geauxsicles offers other indulgences besides the colorful pops. Quench your thirst with Geauxsicles’ own unique brand of citrus mint tea, a beverage made with hand-squeezed lemon juice, fresh mint and other infusions. It leaves a pleasant tingle on the tongue, a particularly nice way to stay chilled on a sizzling day.
The bright, rainbow-colored pops are showing up in area markets, festivals, weddings, parties, and corporate events. In 2012, they took to the wheels of a food truck, painted in the signature purple featuring the Crayola-colored pops. Geauxsicles is going places – to Monroe, Natchitoches, Baton Rouge, even Pensacola, Florida.
The Geauxsicles’ ice pop, a delicious way to “chillax.”
By Datha Hopkins