Appetizers

Non-dairy treats in 18 flavors at DavePops

“I’ve always been a frozen-dessert nerd,” said DavePops founder Dave Feldpausch.
“I’ve always been a frozen-dessert nerd,” said DavePops founder Dave Feldpausch. apierleoni@sacbee.com

One recent afternoon, Dave Feldpausch had set up his DavePops stand in the parking lot in front of Corti Bros. Market in East Sacramento. Customers entering and exiting the market kept stopping by, chatting with Feldpausch and buying his unique ice-cream bars ($3), which are not ice cream at all. “No fats, no drips, no dairy,” is his motto.

“I’ve always been a frozen-dessert nerd,” he said. “Making DavePops is a form of alchemy.”

The frozen bars are made from coconut milk, soy milk, almond milk, whole fruits, juices, tea, sodas and spices, depending on which of the 18 flavors you choose. Some flavors are sweetened with sugar, others with stevia. It took the entrepreneur years to develop his proprietary process, called “duBle’”. “I’m working with the U.S. Patent Office on it,” he said.

We tasted a couple of flavors — Cherry “Garsoya” (soy milk-based, with cherries and chocolate bits) and turmeric-ginger-nutmeg-coconut. The bars were creamy, rich and loaded with flavor.

Find Dave and his pops from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Oak Park Farmers Market at McClatchy Park. He alternates Sundays between the farmers market in Carmichael Park (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and the market in Land Park (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

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