Pete’s Pops Covertly Opens at Milwaukee Public Market
Sneaky Pete's offers alcoholic menu items.
For years, customers were requesting alcoholic popsicles, especially at the Pete’s Pops stand at the baseball field formerly known as Miller Park. Now, in response to this demand, Pete’s Pops is selling alcoholic menu items at its new location under the name Sneaky Pete’s.
The Milwaukee-based popsicle company is known for its creative flavors. It has more 70 rotating through the menus at its three locations. These inventive offerings include Arnold Palmer, coffee & donuts, pear goat cheese and cantaloupe lemongrass.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if by late summer or early fall we tweak the menu a little bit,” said founder Pete Cooney in an interview. “Just because that’s the fun part.”
The popsicles are made from fresh fruits and vegetables. Flavors featured on the small, rotating menus are sometimes dictated by what produce is in-season, such as an early summer peach flavor and a late summer sweet corn pop. Most are made with a base of cream, milk, sugar and egg, but 10% are made with a coconut milk base to provide vegan options.
Then the business won the Rev-Up MKE small business competition in 2016 and opened its first brick-and-mortar location in Washington Park (3809 W. Vliet St.) in 2018. Since then, it’s been all popsicles all the time.
When the pandemic slowed a lot of the business, Cooney took the opportunity to open a dog-friendly Bay View location (916 E. Russell Ave.) followed by a location in West Allis (1977 S. 71st St.) soon after. The brand also sells popsicles in a multitude of carts around Milwaukee and St. Louis, and now, outside the Milwaukee Public Market.
“This concept can really work in a lot of places,” Cooney said.
Summer is peak popsicle season. So once things cool down, Cooney said, the company will tackle larger projects like expanding Pete’s Pops to other locations and working on nationwide shipping and distribution.