Mandarina's Ice Pops Are Like Smoothies on a Stick

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This week the sun has returned to Hayes Valley Park. The al-fresco lunchers are lunching, the lovers loving, the meth heads stripping off most of their clothes and dancing around, hands down their pants. Oh, spring, we missed you.

While doing a little spot-tanning ourselves, SFoodie noticed group after group of women walk by with paletas, and tracked them back to Mandarina, a two-month-old store selling smoothies and ice pops.

Stored in a countertop freezer, the pops come in flavors such as mango, apple-ginger, and strawberry-lime. Given the number of strikeouts on the chalkboard list, the flavors appear to rotate frequently ― a smart way to use up any fruit that doesn't make it into a smoothie, we suspect.

This bright purple ice pop was as sweet as a cobbler, studded with frozen berries and chunks of pineapple. Next pop on the list to try: We overheard the owner recommending to another customer that she sprinkle a mango ice pop with some of the salt and chile powder stored in shakers on the counter.

Mandarina 535 Octavia (at Ivy), 861-5661

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