Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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The Scoop: Verde budino pops

Chef Turney´s much lauded, eaten and fondly remembered frozen budino pops.
Chef Turney's much lauded, eaten and fondly remembered frozen budino pops.

The deal: Four years ago, Philly foodies declared Barbuzzo's budino the city's best dessert, ever. How popular? Chef Marcie Turney's Italian caramel pudding with a chocolate cookie crumb base and a salted caramel sauce in a li'l Ball jar has sold 100,000 times.

In summer, Turney and partner Val Safran turn their restaurant-reservation-required delight into a frozen takeout treat. Crowds follow.

Where: Verde, 108 S. 13th St., 215-546-8700, verdephiladelphia.com.

When: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays through August.

We tried: This upscale dipped-to-order confection. Frankly, it looked a lot like a chunky version of the Good Humor original. Then, we bit in. Into a dark chocolate shell sprinkled with sea salt and slightly perfumed with coconut. Into frozen caramel pudding with a core of salted caramel and chocolate cookie crumbs around a wooden stick. Into, well, bliss.

Last year: "We sold about 300 a day and usually sold out," Safran said. This year, they're making 500 a week, "stockpiling," she said. Verde's also setting up outdoor tables for quick pre-melt consumption.

Next time: We'll take time to browse Verde's sunglasses, hats, costume jewelry, tote bags . . .

After, we: Had brain freeze. Didn't mind. Totally worth it.

Price: $5 a pop.


A summertime journey across the Philadelphia region in search of great ice cream and other frozen treats. Reported this week by Daily News staff writer Lauren McCutcheon. Have a fave we should try? Email conradl@phillynews.com.

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