Opened in early 2010 by a businesswoman-turned-restaurateur, Sweet P’s sells something you probably never thought you’d find in a standalone store: hand-made ice cream pops. We’ve all eaten about a thousand of these over the course of our lifetimes, but how often can you say you’ve tried one that was handmade? The small store attests to a simply sweet premise, positioned right in the middle of Kettering allowing much of central Dayton foot access to a quick and simply sweet treat. I’ve never had an ice pop like this, and now I can taste the difference.
The basic menu of the ice pops is a refreshing array of colorful fruits like kiwi, grapefruit and lime. A large number of pops rotate by season, some are based around holidays while others around when fruits are in season. This is good because…many of the pops are based on fresh ingredients! It’s amazing what a difference that makes, and it makes you quickly realize how jaded you may have become to “fruit ice cream.” Once you get to that age where you can tell the difference between a real strawberry and “artificial strawberry flavored sweetener,” the ice cream trucks generally become less attractive. Giving one of these sweet pops a try just might turn back time. What’s better, many of the pops contain fresh pieces of fruit or sweets, the “cookies and cream” has real cookies, while seasonal Independence Day-themed pop I tried had real blueberries inside.
So the difference between an ice pop and ice cream is pretty subtle, but it’s important nonetheless. Ice pops are juice frozen onto a stick, as opposed to being a cream-based soft-serve confection. While much of Sweet P’s inventory is one creative form of juice or another, many still have an ice cream-like quality. You’ll probably have to ask about this in the event you’re lactose intolerant, though the online menu does have a very clear distinction.
Sweet P’s has a pretty simple premise, it’s a tiny little shop without a lot of seating but a pretty easy walk from many other area attractions. There isn’t a lot of space for parking or sitting in the store, but it’s really a very pleasant place to walk to, anyway. If you’re like me, you probably never put much thought into what makes a really “good” popsicle. It takes taking a trip to a great place like Sweet P’s to realize that you’ve really been missing out. This little shop is absolutely worth a stop-in.
- If the Stroop Road location of the shop is not convenient to you, note the pops are also sold in some local stores such as the Second Street Market and Cafe Velo.
- Note very little of the menu is “permanent” year round; Sweet P’s is pretty diligent about updating these on its Facebook.
- Take a close look at the menu if you have problems with dairy; about half the menu has ice cream-like pops.