On a trip to Mexico when she was 17, Dewey Cyr fell in love with paletas (lightly sweetened, fruity ice pops). Eight years later, the Cambridge resident is slinging her own homemade version as Real Pops ($3 each; 2 for $5) from a custom-made tricycle at farmers’ markets. The Smith College grad figured out that to open Real Pops, start-up costs would be $5,000. With student loans due, she thought the idea seemed an impossibility. But after two days on Kickstarter, she raised what she needed. “The most exciting part about it,” she says, “is I only knew half of [the contributors].”
The Real Pops motto is “They’re really, really, real.” Cyr’s icy treats are made with whole cooked fruits and minimal sugar. Flavors change weekly, and the entrepreneur uses as many local ingredients as she can. Rhubarb elderflower, hibiscus raspberry, roasted red plum, and strawberry lemonade were on a recent menu. Sweet corn coconut is the most popular flavor. Of Real Pops flavors, Cyr says, “They’re just weird enough to be intriguing.” Real Pops at Belmont farmers’ market on Thursdays, 2-6:30 p.m., Cross and Channing streets, Belmont; and The Davis Flea on Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 52 Holland St., Somerville, or go to real-pops.com.