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Summer on a Stick

A Benicia mom makes delicious—and healthy—treats inspired by her family.


by Luke George

Bracing myself, I bite into the frozen green Popsicle, expecting a bitter spinach smoothie taste on my tongue.

But looks can be deceiving.

The Green Monster is pleasantly tangy—a delicious mix of cucumber, lemon, celery, kale, and agave. If this Fairyella Ice Pop sounds a bit like your morning juicing, that’s no coincidence.

Benicia resident Kimberli Haris developed the recipe when she was looking for healthy options her mother could eat while struggling with chemo. Later on, when her son began teething, Haris froze her mother’s favorite recipes—and Fairyella Ice Pops were born.

The pops are now carried at 16 Whole Foods, including Walnut Creek, and are made with only local organic produce. The Orange Pop is creamy and sweet. The Lavender-Lemonade Pop is tart and crisp, and the Watermelon Pop cues that familiar ice-cream truck tune in my mind.

Fairyella Pops are low in calories and high in vitamins A and C. But the secret ingredient is clearly the love shared by generations of Haris’ family, who inspired the refreshing icy treats. fairyella1.wix.com/fairyellaicepops.

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