Taste the Caribbean: frozen treats with a Trinidadian twist


For thousands of years ice-cream was reserved for the white and rich. Many had to settle for flavored snow. Fast-forward to today, ice cream is for everyone, no matter what class or race. As its consumers have multiplied, so have its flavors.

Trinidadian couple Shelly Marshall and Khalid Hamid are sharing some of these flavors through their Trini inspired ice cream shop, Island Pops. The couple specializes in ice pops and ice cream which highlight flavors from their country of origin, Trinidad. Their most popular being the white creamy soursop ice cream and pink sorbet made from sorrel flowers.

Although owning an ice-cream shop was not part of their initial plan, Marshall and Hamid have found joy in doing it. “What happened was that I had gotten sick with chikungunya from a mosquito bite,” shared Marshall. “After about two weeks of fever and body pains, I was craving soursop ice cream. My husband tried to make it, and it did not come out good.” There was no place where they could find homemade soursop ice-cream, or any other West Indian flavors that were up to standard, thus realizing that they had a niche. “I then did the ice cream course at Penn State University and taught my husband how to make it.”

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