Lakeland’s New Pop Couture at Tea Largo Beverage Co.
Posted on September 21st, 2012 by Rebecca Thompson
Popular Local Tea Bar Creates Frozen Gourmet “Teaki Bars”
Polk County’s own Tea Largo Beverage Co. has launched it’s own brand of trendy handmade ice pops. Teaki Bars are infused with antioxidant rich teas, fresh fruits, organic creams and “coffee bars” made with Joffrey’s organic Columbian coffee. These refreshing treats are not the popsicles that you grew up with. The red, blue and purple sugary frozen pops of your childhood are gone and replaced by flavor combinations for the more discernible palette. Reinvented for the kid in you, these pops are made with organic and natural ingredients, no refined sugars and grown up flavors like Lime Mojito, Spicy Ginger Chai, Strawberry Basil and Matcha Green Tea Banana.
Tea Largo’s founder, Kristin Miller, believed she could take the popularity of the beverages they have developed in her Lakeside Village tea bar, as well as the premium ingredients they already use, and adapt the recipes for the perfect pop. “Our acai bowls are extremely popular, so we use the exact same ingredients, including granola, for an antioxidant ice pop like no other!”
Kids will be happy with the fruit-based choices like Pineapple Blueberry and Mango Smoothie, but the more interesting flavor combinations the bigger the following.
“Choosing fresh, interesting ingredients and creating small batches allows us to play with different flavor combinations.” Says Pop Chef Matthew Miller. “Flavor ideas come from many places, experiences, drinks, and foods that we come across. I then try to translate them into delicious pop flavors. We think Polk County is ready for the Mango Habanero and the Organic Chocolate Coconut Curry. You never know what might be next!”
Teaki Bars are exclusive to Tea Largo right now, and can be found in store and at Lakeland’s Downtown Curb Market every Saturday, as well as a growing number of local events. Tea Largo Beverage Co is Central Florida’s favorite contemporary tea bar. Opened in 2007, Tea Largo specializes in loose teas, bubble teas, fruit smoothies and acai bowls. They are located in the beautiful Lakeside Village.