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“There are plenty of ways to beat the heat in the summer, but none quite so fine as an artisanal popsicle.”
“Having some of the most delicious pops around town, Toronto’s Augies Gourmet Ice Pops has become one of the most famous ice-pop vendors in Canada. Recently they have participated in Toronto’s Pan Am games, proving they are no stranger to the Toronto culinary scene. In the past, Augie’s has worked for Janet Dimond and Donna Dooher along with many other prestigious restauranteurs. With delicious and fresh flavours, they are sure to satisfy almost every customer. Our favourites you may ask; tart Ontario cherries and lemon cream or the equally delicious Vietnamese coffee. These are the perfect treat for the hottest days of summer. ”
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Pride Pops are the best new way to beat the summer heat
The Toronto Star
June 24, 2015
“Canada Day has the butter tart; Christmas, the turkey; and Thanksgiving, pumpkin pie.
And now Pride — shouldn’t it be a holiday too? — has the Pride Pop.
Six layers of fruit moulded and frozen into a vertical rainbow makes for an icy salute (but in the warmest way possible) to the LGBT community — and an effective way to beat the sweltering heat and shoulder-to-shoulder sweatiness of this week’s celebratory parade.”
On the Street: Twilight Tuesdays
Aug 12, 2014
“The Drake One Fifty and Momofuku have teamed up to bring a little night market action to the Financial District, and from the size of the lineups and some items selling out, it seems the Financial District was hankering for just such a thing. Beside the host restaurants, The Gabardine and Augie’s Ice Pops were serving up deliciousness for the people, with singer Tim Moxam providing the mood music.”
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Post City Toronto
Jul 18, 2014
“From its lemonade stand beginnings, Augie’s Ice Pops have become a summer treat found all over Toronto from farmers’ and flea markets, to Whole Foods, Pusateri’s and more. Flavours vary on the season but can include honeydew green apple lime + mint, strawberry basil lemonade, cucumber lime + chile, and so many more. ”
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Jul 15, 2014
“When Janet Dimond launched a one-day popsicle pop-up in 2011, she had no idea that her frozen treats would become such a hit. The icy innovators are now readily available in farmers markets and are sold in retailers and restaurants across the city. They come in flavours like Pineapple Coconut Lime and Strawberry Basil Lemonade.”
Olde Time Summer Guide
Post City Toronto
Jun 26, 2014
“These killer ice pops sure take the cake. Janet Dimond’s handcrafted pops are all-natural and bursting with fruit. Nifty flavour combos include honeydew, green apple and cucumber or tangerine buttermilk.”
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April 8, 2014
“Janet Dimond initially took to a yard sale on Roncesvales to showcase her love for fresh juice pops. She produced a small batch of ice pops and sold them to passersby. They were an instant hit and soon enough she started to show up at farmer’s markets.
Why We Love Them: Janet has a rotating menu of ice pops using fresh seasonal juices. She also has a knack for combining ingredients for maximum flavor explosion. Think watermelon, basil and mint pops or grapefruit, lime and ginger pops.”
Gourmet Frozen Treats
Good Food Revolution
Founder Janet Dimond’s handmade, all-natural fruit-bomb ice pops are made from fresh seasonal Ontario fruits and are sold at various retailers and at Farmer’s Markets across the city. Flavours change based on availability, but past ice-pop flavours include: grapefruit-lime-ginger, watermelon-lemon-mint, and blackberry-yuzu-orange zest-lime juice. These artisanal frozen treats are a delicious way to cool off this summer.
Joey’s Healthy Summer Treats
“Augie’s Gourmet Popsicles are all handmade using fresh squeezed juice, herbs and zest. Only a pinch of natural honey, maple syrup or pure sugar cane is used to sweeten and flavours range from watermelon, lemon and mint to grapefruit, lime and ginger.”
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Jul 19, 2013
“These delicious little treats are available at most of the city’s farmers’ markets, and are undeniably some of the best homemade popsicles around. Think Real Fruit, but actually made with real fruit. Our favourite is the lemon, watermelon basil option.”
Recipe: blackberry-yuzu ice pops
Jun 19, 2013
BLACKBERRY-YUZU ICE POPS
By Janet Dimond
Augie’s Gourmet Ice Pops
Find the recipe here!
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View the Vibe
Jun 18, 2013
“Flavours are fresh, vibrant, and local. Ingredients are sourced from Ontario farmers. Ice Pops are chock full of bloomed fruit and herbs; they are sweetened with a touch of Ontario honey, Ontario maple Syrup, or organic cane sugar. Summer flavours include Sour Lemon Cream (Buttermilk), Tart Cherry + Yuzu, and Concord Grape + Keylime. ”
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New York Times
Dec. 25, 2012
“Janet Dimond, owner of the stand Augie’s Gourmet Ice Pops (augiesicepops.com) briskly sold fresh icy confections (watermelon infused with cucumber and ginger, strawberry mingled with rhubarb) for $2.75 and bowls of asparagus, lemon and chickpea soup for $3. “On a day like this,” Ms. Dimond said, indicating the brilliant sunshine, “this is where everyone comes.”
Yorkville Plaza’s lounge and ice pops were a hit during TIFF
Sep 18, 2012
“Camrost was giving away complimentary Augie’s Gourmet Ice Pops to TIFF goers in need of some revitalization. The Ice Pops are made of all natural juices and herbs and Augie whipped up some custom flavours for Yorkville Plaza — Strawberry Basil Lemonade and Coronation Grape. Hopefully you got to try one!”
Toronto Underground Market (aka TUM)
Gluten Free Garage
Aug 27, 2012
“To cleanse our palates, we paid a visit to Janet & Mel at Augie’s Gourmet Ice Pops.”
Junction Flea: A new ‘curated’ market for the taste makers
The Globe and Mail
Aug 20, 2012
“On a dusty lot near the corner of Dundas Street West and Keele Street one recent Sunday, a young woman sat having her portrait taken inside an old storage container which, using wooden signs and an old-fashioned box camera, had been refashioned into a 19th-century photo studio. The resulting image, produced on a thin piece of aluminum, had a bronzed, antique look to it – as if she’d travelled to the 1880s in just 20 minutes.”
Gourmet popsicles: the perfect frozen treat
Westjet’s Up! magazine
Aug 3, 2012
Head to Sorauren or Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Markets for a taste of Augie’s ice pops—gourmet goodies made from seasonal fresh-squeezed fruit and transformed into crowd favourites like watermelon lemon mint or peach lemon buttermilk for $3 each.
Summer on a Stick
The Toronto Star
Jun 29, 2011
Popsicles have gone gourmet.
For starters, they have a fancy new name: ice pops.
They’ve moved well beyond the deadly sugar water/food colouring combo, and past mono-flavours like orange and grape into restaurant-worthy pairings like grapefruit-ginger-lime, strawberry-basil-balsamic vinegar and watermelon-lemon-mint.
Those are three top sellers at Janet Dimond’s fledgling business, Augie’s Gourmet Ice Pops. She was a hit at the Evergreen Brick Works farmers’ market for the last two Saturdays after she landed a temporary spot.
“We sold out of every single pop we had,” says Dimond. “So many people were coming up and saying, `What a great idea.’ ”