Dream Dessert: Budino Frozen Pops

By Danya Henninger  |  August 15, 2013
Credit: Danya Henninger

“Wait... did that say budino pop-SICLE?” said the trim and suited businessman, his voice nearly going up an octave with excitement as he dragged his colleague back to review the poster on the 13th Street establishment door. Yes, it did. Usually served at Barbuzzo, Marcy Turney’s salted caramel budino has a cult following - and now comes in a whole new form that’s perfect for summer.

Starting August 16, Budino frozen pops will be available for $5 each from noon-2 PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Verde, Turney and partner Valerie Safran’s 13th Street boutique. Caramel pudding is frozen around a core of salted caramel and dark chocolate cookie crumbs, than hand-dipped in liquid chocolate and sprinkled with Maldon sea salt. We had a sneak preview taste, and can report that it’s possibly even better than the original.

That’s high praise, since the budino is the best selling item on the entire Barbuzzo menu, according to Safran, who gives herself credit with inventing the frozen version. “It was during the heatwave, and the idea popped in my head,” she says, “I suggested it to Marcie, who told me to get lost.” (Turney is knee-deep in preparations for the launch of Little Nonna’s down the street.)

But Safran was not giving up so easily. She bought popsicle molds and researched chocolate dipping sauce (“The secret is coconut oil,” she divulges). When she surprised Turney by presenting her first batch, there was no going back. “You did it,” said the chef, and the budino frozen pop was born.

The pops are promised on weekends only through the end of August, so don’t miss your chance to try this dream dessert (215-546-8700).