Alex: St. Augustine is always a treat for us.
And no, it’s not because of the massive amount of historical landmarks because of how much we enjoy history. It’s also not because of the massive variety of quality restaurants, though that is a bit closer to being correct. It’s the incredible popsicles that can be found in dizzying variety at The Hyppo. From sweet to sour and occasionally spicy, they have a pop for every occasion.
The interior is a converted home, with the parlour right next to the entrance way painted, naturally, with whimsical scenes of hippos doing all number of silly things. Once you walk up to the display you can take in the delicious rainbow of treats. They’re constantly coming up with new flavors (All the more reason to come back regularly!) but our favorite has been their Key Lime pop, which through some sort of black magic manages to be both tart and creamy and captures the taste of a fresh pie exactly.
Other flavors surprised us with how good they were. Heather got the Strawberry Basil pop when she was feeling adventurous, and it still remains one of our favorite popsicles just because of how well the herb and berry flavors melded together. The Mango Habanero, on the other hand, ended up being a bit too much spice for me to really enjoy, though those first few licks before the burn set in were thoroughly enjoyable. It came as no surprise that the Elvis was hip-shakingly delicious, but then, honestly, how could combining bananas, peanut butter, and honey turn out wrong?
Heather: While visiting St. Augustine for a job a few months ago, I had to make a stop at the Hyppo. I find it terribly difficult to only have one pop while there, so I indulged in what are now two of my favorite flavors. The Sangria Plum is a sweet and luscious blend of fruits and captured the essence of sangria without the alcohol. I also had to order the Pistachio Coconut. Holy cannoli that popsicle was amazing! The creamy and nutty flavors were spot on, I tasted every bit of the coconut and pistachio. What I love about The Hyppo is their use of real ingredients. You can see the bits of fruit in your popsicle, and you are presented with real flavors.
Alex: The Hyppo will always be on our list of places to swing by in St. Augustine, especially now in summer. I didn’t really need much of an excuse to walk in there before, but now I can feel a bit less guilty by declaring it necessary to cool off while we’re enjoying one of the oldest, and most beautiful, cities in America.
48 Charlotte St
St. Augustine, FL 32084