The summer as been hot this year in Metro Vancouver! To help cool us down, today we talk to Ben Ernst the owner of Earnest Ice Cream and Melissa Hogg from Nice Pops. Our producer Alex meets Cayleigh from Mexi Pops at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival  and our experimental cook Isabel Ferreras brings us a ‘clear out’ smoothie recipe. Did you ever eat a popsicle in the shower? No? Well, you should!



  • Interview Ben Ernst  from Earnest Ice Cream – Starts at 1:35
  • Song: Word Crimes by Weird Al Yankovic – See video below
  • Recipe: ‘Clear out’ smoothie by Isabel Ferreras – Start at 23:05
  • Interview Melissa Hogg from Nice Pops – Part 1 – Starts at 26:00
  •  Song: Superstition by the local band Queer as Funk – See video below
  • Interview Cayleigh from Mexi Pops – Starts at 36:25
  • Interview Melissa Hogg from Nice Pops – Part 2 – Starts at 40:35

Note: During the show, we played 3 covers by Queer as Funk: Superstition, Knock on Wood and Midnight Train to Georgia.


Earnest Ice Cream – Ben Ernst
Earnest Ice Cream was born from a simple love of ice cream. When we launched in 2012, owners knew they had to create ice cream that expresses our their passion for flavour while embodying local and sustainable food values. Earnest Ice Cream’s flavours highlight the best from BC farms. It’s the first ice cream shop (we know of) to pack pints in returnable and reusable glass jars. Reuse is a part of their overall goal of being a zero waste company.

Facebook: EarnestIceCream
Twitter: @earnesticecream

nicepopsNice Pops – Melissa Hogg

Nice Pops has a sweet bicycle cart and a penchant for filling it with delicious ice pops, freshly handmade from seasonal fruit. It makes innovative flavours that showcase the best of our local bounty.

Facebook: nicepops
Twitter: @nicepopsyvr

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Mexi Pops – Cayleigh
Mexi PopsCayleigh, Mexi Pops owner, has a passion for creating healthy and unique frozen treats that draw excitement and happiness by all those who enjoy them! With 6 years of experience selling at the Hornby Farmers’ Market and attending events within the Comox Valley , Cayleigh has now branched out with her business taking it to Victoria and Vancouver. Luckily with the expansion she has not lost sight of a great quality product with lots of Organic, Fairtrade and Local options. She understands dietary restrictions and the majority of the Mexi Pops treats are Gluten and Dairy Free!

Facebook: mexipops
Twitter: MexiPops
Instagram: @mexipops


“Weird Al” Yankovic, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, parodist, record producer, satirist, actor, music video director, film producer, and author.

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“Totally unique in the history of Vancouver’s LGBT community, Queer as Funk brings together nine of the city’s hottest queer musicians in an explosive, high-energy dance band.

With repertoire ranging from beloved funk, soul and motown classics of the 60′s and 70′s (Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder) to contemporary favourites (Amy Winehouse, Justin Timberlake, Cee Lo Green), Queer as Funk is also the sharpest-dressed suit-and-tie band in town.” ~Official website

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Vancouver Courier

Vancity Buzz

Vancouver Sun


Ruby Violet’s Ice Cream Dreams: Ice Cream, Sorbets, Bombes, and More
by Julie Fisher

“In Ruby Violet’s Ice Cream Dreams, Julie Fisher will show you how to turn your homemade ice creams into stylish, show stopping desserts using local and exotic natural ingredients. Filled with over fifty inspiring recipes, this book teaches you to make spectacular layered bombes, delicate sorbet flowers, and many delightful additions to experiment with and enchant. You will rediscover your childhood favorites like raspberry ripple, try new flavor combinations such as beetroot and horseradish, and delight in the grown-up blend of rum and raisin.” ~Editor’s notes

Sweet Cream and Sugar ConesSweet Cream and Sugar Cones: 90 Recipes for Making Your Own Ice Cream and Frozen Treats from Bi-Rite Creamery
by Kris Hoogerhyde (Author), Anne Walker (Author), Dabney Gough (Author)

“San Francisco’s Bi-Rite Creamery is as well known for its small-batch, handcrafted, show-stoppingly inventive ice cream as it is for the long line that snakes around the block. Guests young and old flock to the destination ice cream shop, craving a toasty banana split, a jewel-toned ice pop, a scoop of cooling sorbet, a mouthwatering ice cream sandwich, or one of the best ice cream cakes around.” ~Editor’s notes

Push-up Pops
by Courtney Dial Whitmore

“A well-known stylist and writer in the field of party design and décor, Courtney Dial knows what’s hot! Capitalizing on the popular trend of push-up pops, Courtney’s love of entertaining turns Push-Up Pops into the perfect party resource.  These treats use the ordinary off-the-shelf clear plastic molds but transform them into frozen fruit Popsicles, cake and pudding parfaits, cupcakes and 40 other treats. These beautiful layers are sweet additions to any party!” ~Editor’s notes

Book: Perfect PopsPerfect Pops: The 50 Best Classic & Cool Treats
by Charity Ferreira (Author)

“Pops are summer’s freshest frozen treats, and they’re showing up in all the best places, from farmers markets to fine dining restaurants. The perfect way to make the most of ripe fruit is by suspending it in sweet ice, but Perfect Pops takes popsicles beyond fruit and juice. With 50 recipes for popsicles in creative, of-the-moment flavors, this book includes creamy pops, fancy pops reminiscent of nostalgic, luscious desserts such as chocolate pudding, and alcohol-spiked pops for adults.” ~Editor’s notes


Jerry James Stone has many incredible popsicle recipes on his website, Go have a look!