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(Kim Raff | The Salt Lake Tribune) Rachel Howard takes an order for shaved ice at the Wasatch Pops stand in Salt Lake City on Aug. 24, 2012.
Frozen summer treats — Day 29: Fruit-and-herb pops
First Published Aug 28 2012 05:32 pm • Last Updated Aug 29 2012 03:39 pm

Throughout the month of August, Tribune writers are tasting our way through some of Utah’s finest frozen confections including ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt and shave ice in an effort to beat the heat. Today’s pick:

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Watermelon basil and coconut lime mint pops • The pairings of fruit and herbs aren’t your average frozen pop, but the mixtures are both sweet and aromatic — and the ingredients are all organic and natural. (There’s also shaved ice with naturally made syrups in a variety of fruit flavors, and four herb-based syrups as add-ons. The strawberry/basil and raspberry/rosemary combos are particularly tasty — but the serrano chile, best mixed with mango or peach, is for daredevil eaters.)

Wasatch Pops and Snow Shack • Parked at 3981 S. Wasatch Blvd., in front of the Dan’s supermarket at Olympus Hills, Tuesdays-Saturdays, 2:30 to 8 p.m., through the end of September. The mini-trailer also travels to farmers’ markets at Millcreek and Park City, as well as community events (such as the 9th & 9th Street Festival on Sept. 15).

Price • Pops are $2.75; shaved ice is $1 for a cone, $2.50 for a cup.

Shop talk • Amber DeBirk’s two daughters have severe food allergies, and had difficulty finding sweet treats that didn’t have artificial colors or other additives. So DeBirk (who’s also a fused-glass artist) started mixing her own fruit flavors to pour over shaved ice. That morphed into a food-truck business which worked farmers’ markets in 2011, and now has a regular location in the Olympus Hills shopping area — where buyers can enjoy a treat while watching the sun set over the Salt Lake Valley.

Look for our daily picks in The Mix section every Wednesday and Friday. On other days of the week, you’ll find our suggestions at sltrib.com/Lifestyle

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