FAQ

Is Locopops open all year?

Mostly! We do vary our hours between summer and winter hours and we do take a holiday break between mid-December and mid-January because our Moms want us to visit them! Also, we have a bad weather policy of closing when it’s cold and rainy, because, let’s face it: no one wants to be out in that kind of weather. You can follow us on Twitter or friend us on Facebook for info about hours and much more!

How can I apply for a job at Locopops?

I wanted to work at an ice cream shop when I was in high school and now, years later (many, many years later), I finally do. If you share that dream, we welcome your application for employment. You do need to be at least 17 years old to apply and you must have reliable transportation to/from work. We give preference to candidates with previous retail or food service experience. To apply, send an e-mail with your resume and a statement on when you are available for work to locopopsdurham@yahoo.com.

Why does your menu change so frequently?

Well, over the years, we’ve learned that some folks want the same flavor every time and others like to experiment. So we try to offer both camps what they want. We have “Regulars” which we serve all the time and “Guest Stars” which vary either monthly or weekly. If you have a favorite that you’d like to see featured, make sure to vote in our monthly guest star menu poll to lobby for your fave. Click here for the current poll.

How do I suggest a flavor?

We’ve made over 300 different flavors over the years. If you’ve got a new idea you’d like us to try, tell us! Maybe it’s something you tried on vacation and you’d really like to have it again; maybe you dreamed Loco dreams one night and woke up with a great flavor idea. Regardless of how it came to you, we want to know. Click the “Suggest A Flavor” tab on our Contact page to send us a flavor suggestion! (Hey, before you fire off that form, if you’re trying to lobby for a former fave to revisit the menu, complete the poll [insert weblink] instead of the form.)

Do you ship Locopops?

Nope. I tried to send my Dad some pops for Father’s Day one year and the experiment failed badly – he got a lot of melted goo. So we don’t ship, although I hear that others have successfully. There’s a mail service near us that has shipped a lot of our pops so you might contact them to see if they can help or advise.

Can I get Locopops to go?

Sure thing! We’ll happily pack them in freezer bags for you. For a short trip (20 min or less), that’s all you’ll need – just be sure to whisk them away into your home freezer immediately upon arrival. For a longer trip (20 – 40 min), you may want to bring a cooler and some ice. For longer travel than 40 min, see below for travel tips.

Can I roadtrip with Locopops and keep them frozen?

Yep, with some preparation, Locopops are great travelers! Our pops have been on many roadtrips – I just wish they could send us postcards!

To take Locopops on your trip, here’s what you‘ll need: a good cooler/ice chest, some newspaper or towels to take up any extra space in the cooler after you’d loaded it, and some dry ice (see below for dry ice details).

Pack the cooler first with the pops, then with the newspaper or towels you brought and finally, lay the dry ice on top (it’s a gas and filters the cold air down rather than up – see all the cool science-y things you’re learning – just part of the service here at Locopops!). Close the top and keep it closed for your trip! No Peeking! Every time you open it, you let warm air in, and warm air is not your friend in the battle against melting, so resist temptation and wait till you’ve arrived.

The 4*1*1 on dry ice:

  • It’s frozen carbon dioxide gas.
  • It’s available from many area Kroger and Harris Teeter stores, including the Kroger nearest our store. Check with your local store to ensure they carry it.
  • It’s sold by the bag and charged by the pound. Bags start off at 10 lbs but since it’s a frozen gas, it does evaporate over time, so older bags weigh less and cost less than the newer ones.
  • The amount of dry ice you’ll need depends on how long you are traveling and how large and full your cooler will be. The longer the trip, the more dry ice you’ll need. The larger and the more empty space in your cooler, the more dry ice you’ll need.
  • Dry ice will last 18-24 hours if you treat it right. If your trip is longer than that, you may need to get a bit more dry ice on the road.
  • Keep a window in your car slightly open to allow the carbon dioxide to escape as it evaporates. Remember, we breathe in oxygen. We breathe out carbon dioxide. So don’t breathe in dry ice vapors.
  • Do NOT:
    • handle dry ice with bare hands
    • put it in a beverage in lieu of regular ice
    • breathe it
    • let children handle dry ice

What about taking Locopops on a plane?

Can do, though it’s a bit more complicated. All the same instructions apply; however, dry ice is a hazardous material, so you will need to tell the gate agent that you’re carrying it. Check with your airline for more info on their procedures and FAA specifications.

Are Locopops ‘all-natural’?

We don’t add food dyes or artificial flavors, or sweeten with HF corn syrup. However, we do use inclusions (ex: Oreo™ cookies, Nilla™ wafers) which may contain any or all of the above. Please feel free to ask in-store for a list of ingredients specific to any flavor you are considering.

What if I’m a vegetarian or vegan?

You are in luck because you have many options! Almost all of our flavors are vegetarian-friendly. And all of the pops on our non-dairy menu are vegan-friendly.

What if I’m diabetic or calorie-sensitive?

We do offer a No Sugar Added option during summer hours for folks with sensitivities to sugar/calories. And our staff can help you with some nutritional data for our “regular” menu choices. Remember, we use real fruit, and so cannot produce a sugar-free option, since fruit contains a form of sugar (fructose). For the calorie-sensitive, we also offer ‘baby pops in select flavors, which means you can tickle your sweet tooth and mind the caloric bottom line all at the same time!

How can I request a donation for my charity?

Locopops would love to support your cause or organization. While we are happy to donate gift certificates, we do not make donations of cash or pops. For donation requests, please save the trees and don’t send us a letter or drop a form off at our stores. Instead, please send us an email at locopopsdurham@yahoo.com. And if you are looking for pops to sell at your fundraiser, click here to see details on our fundraiser pricing. Thanks!

Please note: We limit our donations to local charities only. It’s not that we don’t love big causes, but fundraising is more challenging for smaller charities and we’re little guys, too. Please no requests from national charities!

FEATURED STUFF

All day, every day! We love our frequent ‘flyers’, so make sure to get your stampy card and get to work on getting your reward! Forgot your card? No worries; just start another and merge them later. These never expire, so be sure to ask for stamps with each qualifying purchase!

Nitty Gritty Deets: 1 stamp per purchase of a big kid pop. 2 stamps per purchase of half-pint. 6 stamps per purchase of a tee. Sorry, no stamps for baby pops. Full cards redeemable for 1 pop. Two full cards = Half Pint. 6 full cards = Tee


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