Whisk Bakeshop Brings Frozen Treats to the Streets of St. Louis with Poptimism
Fans of Whisk, the bright and quirky bakeshop on the corner of Cherokee Street and Missouri Avenue, are now able to find its signature ice pops around town. Owner Kaylen Wissinger has realized her dream of owning a food truck, and the result, Poptimism, will make its way to festivals, events, private parties and more in the coming months.
Whisk offers an array of delicious baked goods and ice pops, all of which are sustainably made. While it’s common for most restaurants to claim they their daily practices are environmentally friendly, Whisk calls itself a “sustainable bakeshop”—and truly puts this phrase into effect. Whisk composts all of its food waste with Saint Louis Composting and offers to-go packaging made from at least 90 percent post-consumer recycled content, all recyclable and compostable.
During summer and fall months, Wissinger walks through the Tower Grove Farmers’ Market to look at the produce for inspiration and buys what is fresh. She also works with Eat Here St. Louis, a local business that acts as a liaison between local farmers and chefs, making it that much easier for restaurateurs to purchase local produce, dairy, eggs and flour year-round.
For instance, Wissinger was inspired by an especially tasty margarita for her cucumber-lime ice pop flavor and by fresh summer berries for the blackberry-goat cheese and blueberries and cream flavors. In the winter, she offers ice pops in rare flavors like avocado or cereal milk, all of which sell for $3 apiece.
At the bakeshop, Wissinger offers everything from toffee cookies and cupcakes to homemade pop tarts and whoopie pies. She started off with humble beginnings, making cupcakes and cake balls in the kitchen of her Tower Grove South home, and eventually moved to a community kitchen. Whisk opened in 2012, giving her the space to develop her menu and produce enough product to supply to other restaurants like Maypop Coffee and Garden Shop, Lulu’s Local Eatery, Blueprint Coffee, Fiddlehead Fern Cafe, Kounter Kulture and more.
After years of searching for the right food truck, Wissinger found a 1984 AM General postal truck in Kansas and towed it back to town. The repairing process took much longer than expected, but now that Poptimism is up and running, you can find it all around the area, including Food Truck Fridays, Saint Louis Art Museum movie nights, Tower Grove Farmers’ Markets and private events. For more information, follow the Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.
Images courtesy of Whisk.