Growing up my favorites were (in order of preference) creamsicles, eskimo pie bars, and fudgesicles. One of those early gourmet experiences were the Good Humor strawberry shortcake and fudge eclair bars
As an adult, I would say that Hagen Daz bars are my favs with the dulce de leche my preference. Never liked Dove Bars even at the height of their popularity. Ben and Jerry never did it for me.
A year or so ago I revisited a creamsicle. It wasn't bad. I love this description ... "Creamsicle® Pops Still as refreshing as you remember. Artificially flavored vanilla ice cream pops covered with orange or raspberry sherbet" Yum.
In the total junk department I am still fond of those Reese's ice cream bars and Nestles caramel drumsticks, covered with nuts with the payoff of a chocolate coated cone and a caramel center.
Branching out, I find I prefer Mexican Paletas to popsicles because they are fresher, are juice based and come in interesting flavors. . Last week I just discovered Kulfi, Indian milk popsicles with lovely spices like cardemom, some chock full of pistachios.
I believe there are some Asian popsicles that I remember reading about that I've yet to discover.
Locally, if you are ever in Berkeley, you must get the fudgesicle at Sketch. A bitter sweet deal with top quality chocolate that is just one of the best frozen bars I have ever tried.
What's your favorite? Anything different to try? Any regional specialties like Sketch?
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