[Spotlight] Cold Fusion Pops
Featured photo is by Elizabeth Kathryn Photography
Before talking to Mike Kerkado, the co-owner of Cold Fusion Pops, the only “guilt-free frozen treat” that came to mind was ice cubes. Mike (who is in charge of the finances) along with his wife Margarita (production and recipe creator) and their teenage daughter Natalie (social media marketing) started their own handmade popsicle business that is vegan, gluten-free and cruelty-free.
“That is a way of life for us,” he said. “Every time we go to the grocery store, the first thing we do is we start looking at the ingredients. And we are basically shocked, it used to be a couple of ingredients 25 years ago and now it is like a paragraph that you can’t even pronounce. It is packed with calories, it is packed with sugar. You have that guilt that what you are eating is 200, 300 calories and it is just full of junk and chemicals. Basically, that is why we started doing this.”
He said the business started when Margarita’s homemade pops became an instant success at dinner parties. Cold Fusion Pops began in April and now, it operates in Greensboro’s Out of the Garden Project’s shared kitchen.
“We are very grateful for the opportunity that they provide for us to start a business,” he said.
Mike said 90 percent of the pop’s ingredients come from local farms (namely the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market). The 10 percent of nonlocal ingredients are certified by the Rainforest Alliance, an international alliance of sustainable and fair-trade farmers. Mike boasts that each pop contains four or five ingredients as well as 60-70 calories.
The name idea came from the “nerdy” family’s love of science. Mike said he is an environmental health and emergency management consultant and a firefighter at Colfax Fire Department, Margarita is a nutritionist in her home country and a guidance counselor at a university in Greensboro, and Natalie is 16 and wants to be an aeronautical engineer.
The popsicle flavors include the flagship cucumber mint flavor, margarita, pina colada, Miami mango, spicy mango, spicy pineapple, Arnold Palmer, chocolate, peach melba, peaches and cream, coconut and fudge (for a limited time only).
“We are doing events or festivals or private events, summer camp, corporate meetings, we do not have a storefront yet,” Mike said. “We are currently installing mini-chest freezers for yoga studios, dance studios, small gyms and beauty salons for a spa experience.”
For the beginning of fall, the essential pumpkin spice flavored pop will make its debut with Cold Fusion Pops.
“It is not because she is my wife, but everything she touches she does good things with it,” Mike said of Margarita’s recipes and flavor combinations.
For a limited time, the Kerkados are offering free delivery and set up in the Triad to get their name out in the community. Mike said customization is available for the wrappers of the pops, also a free service offered for a limited time only. Just send them a hi-res jpeg or pdf of the logo or personalization request with the order.
To place your order, visit the website www.coldfusionpops.com/contact and follow them on Facebook (ColdFusionPops), Twitter and Instagram (@ColdFusionPops) or give them a call at (336) 448-4447.