Tell us about your business.We started making pops in 2009 while living in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. The lush hillside yard provided more mangos, bananas, guava, passion fruit , pineapple, avocado & guavas than one family could consume. So we started making ice pops. The kids loved them, so did their friends and so did their parents. We knew were on to something. We brought the idea of Paradise Pops to sunny Sarasota Florida in 2012 with our innovative tube pop. It's packaging affords no mess and no drips. As our demand grew at local bakeries and delis we opened our own island style shop. Our pops are different from others as we use exotic Caribbean fruits and unique spice blends. Our flavors are familiar yet have a twist. We offer 20+flavors of our conventional stick pops as well as our tube pops.
What makes your business stand out?Icy, Spicy, Cool. That's what makes us unique. Our ingredients and flavor combinations are directly from the islands of the Caribbean. Exotic fruits blended to perfection with just the right spices create a cool treat to beat the Florida heat! Located in sunny Sarasota, we are so fortunate to live where most only get to vacation. Our cute little ice pop shop is located close to the World Famous Siesta Key beach. Our desire is to share a new flavor sensation with you every time you taste a Paradise Pop. And a little taste of the islands too.
What's the best business advice you've received?Imagination, devotion, perseverance together with Divine grace will assure your success.
Mark Your Calendar
NominationsJune 3–Aug. 29, 2014
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JudgingJune 23–Sept. 8, 2014
Judges will select finalists throughout this period.Meet the judges
Online VotingSept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014
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Winners AnnouncedOct. 17, 2014
2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.See past Award Winners
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