Island Pops was started in 2015 by married couple, Khalid Hamid and Shelly Marshall. Like most businesses, the company was formed out of necessity. In 2014, Shelly returned from vacationing in Trinidad, sick with Chikungunya and laid up in bed craving homemade soursop ice cream. Khalid searched Brooklyn for a homemade taste of the flavor and came up empty-handed. Wanting to please his wife, he tried to make the ice cream himself. It wasn’t perfect by any means, but it was at that moment the couple realized that there was a gap in the market for traditionally made homemade Caribbean ice cream and decided to do something about it.
One year later, after attending Penn State’s prestigious ice cream short course and many months of testing flavors and recipes, Island Pops was born. After winning 1st place at the 2015 Brooklyn Public Library’s PowerUp Competition, the couple took the Caribbean community by storm with their premium ice cream and ice pops. They worked to develop the brand, selling in street fairs, food markets and public and private catered events. Fast forward, three years later, Island Pops opened its first flag ship store in Crown Heights Brooklyn in July 2018.
Already a pillar in the community, the small Island inspired brand works diligently to elevate and transform traditional West Indian flavors into perfectly handcrafted ice cream, ice pops and snow cones. The company is made up of a young and vibrant team of family and friends that seek to bridge the gap between ole time Caribbean and the modern palette.
The products created are true representations of Shelly and Khalid’s Caribbean heritage and their love for sweet icy treats. They ensure that everything is carefully crafted with a handful of natural ingredients, mainly sourced directly from across the Caribbean. The result is desserts filled with authentic and robust flavors that bring the beauty of the island to their customers.