This S@#t’s Got Pop(sicles)
(Protein Fruit Pops)
WORDS: Johnny Lozano
I’ll admit, with all the gems of yesteryear being revived, I’m a little bummed that Shorty’s hasn’t reappeared on the skate scene. True, there seem to be a lot of Muska decks floating around in the ether, but until I see videos of skaters (some of which whom are most definitely minors) being swiftly sentenced to death for skating, followed by murderous retaliation, the comeback is anticipatory at best, illusory at worst.
While there are nigh on thousands of right answers to the question, “Why was Shorty’s so special,” I have one very particular factor that I want to focus on: their slogan. Shorty’s slogan marked the end of an era in which skateboarding pretended that the hierarchy of deck brands was a true meritocracy. Accordingly, they proudly reported “This Shit’s Got Pop!” If that doesn’t seem weird to you, then try to imagine Numbers hawking product to the tune of “These Boards Don’t Get Razor Tail” or seeing a full ad layout of Milton Martinez slaying some ungodly obstacle with the title “Creature: Never Soggy.”
And if you want to argue that skateboarding has always counted product performance as the number one indicator of popularity, keep in mind that for a time Rocco (allegedly) didn’t even care about the quality of World Industries decks (and apparently, not many customers did, either).
While Shorty’s actual ability to deliver on said pop is ripe for debate (lest we forget that Foundation’s Pop Top and Santa Cruz’s Powerlytes came out in the same era), we can all agree that the scorching days of summer deserve only the highest caliber of pop. If you’re thinking of a Flinstones pushup pop, think again: this week’s recipe is a real fruit popsicle packed with a little extra recovery protein from silken tofu.
While you don’t have to skate in 108° heat (though we like to in Texas) to earn a sweat deserving of cool treats, these pops are a chill way to get an ideal blend of quick carbs, fats and proteins after a summer sesh. They are exceedingly simple to make and this recipe yields an impressive number of treats. While I use a popsicle mold for mine (seriously, they’re like a buck), you can fashion these treats with items you have at home.
Every bite of these delicious summer sesh treats will have you saying “this shit’s got pop!”
- 8 oz (1/2 package) silken tofu
- 2 cups frozen or fresh fruit of your choice (I used a pineapple/mango mix and a blackberry/strawberry mix in the photos)
- 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
- 2 tbsp. agave syrup (optional)
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- If you’re using frozen fruit, let it thaw for about 10 minutes; otherwise just throw everything into a blender and blend it up until it’s as smooth or chunky as you like. Chunks of fruit in the pop are rad, but a completely even mix helps disperse the chia seeds more.
- Pour the mix into the molds and freeze for 1-2 hours (or overnight). When you’re ready to eat, let them thaw for about 5 minutes before removing from the molds and then bite into chilled bliss.
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