The Frios Experience

We’re more than a pop business, we’re an experience!  Frios is about freely living life to the fullest. 

Our Story

What started with just a few popsicle molds and a freezer pushcart has grown into a national dessert franchise within 6 years. Founded in 2013 in Gadsden, Alabama, Frios Gourmet Pops had a vision to share the simple joy of a summery dessert with the world. By combining the nostalgia and fun of enjoying a frozen pop with inventive flavors, Frios became a quick success. Within a few years, people from all over were begging for Frios pops to serve at events and local dessert shops. Now, over 40 franchises have been founded in communities throughout the US and Frios pops can be found in many other establishments, stadiums, and restaurants!

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Sourcing from Local Farms

Frios supports American farmers by sourcing their fresh fruit and dairy for our delicious recipes.

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Growing Local Economies

Franchises provide employment opportunities for locals while impacting communities with entrepreneurship and training. 

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Providing Healthy Options

Frios Gourmet Pops are made with fresh ingredients with a variety of gluten-free, dairy-free, and dye-free options.

Our poptastic team

Spreading the freedom of Frios

Cliff Kennedy


Cliff Kennedy, CEO of Frios Gourmet Pops, is a lifelong resident of Mobile and proud alumni of Millsaps College. Cliff spent 13 years working in his family’s business supplying the oil and gas industry with safety equipment and learning the skills necessary to create and grow business. In 2018, he turned his love of an afternoon popsicle with his children into a side business by becoming owner of Gulf Coast Treats that had Frios franchise locations in Mobile and Baldwin county as well as downtown Pensacola.  After a few short months, Cliff could see the raw potential of Frios as a product and as a nation wide brand.  Cliff sought out industry connected investors, diverse team members, and strategic partners to acquire the full company. In addition to nurturing a new company and spending time with his wife Abby and their 3 children, Mitchell, Mallie, and Maury, Cliff also participates in ultra endurance events.

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Jeff Carter


Jeff Carter, Chief of Operations at Frios, is a lifelong resident of Mobile and proud alumni of The University of South Alabama. Jeff is responsible for manufacturing process improvement, quality assurance, facility development, supply chain optimization and operational efficiency.  Over his career he has combined process improvement and organizational culture change into his own brand of change leadership from paramedic to policy to pops. Jeff also serves his community as a board member of Fuse Project, a nonprofit dedicated to provide the spark for innovation, funding and implementation of projects benefiting children along Alabama’s Gulf Coast. Additionally, he serves on the Mobile United steering committee as well as the University of South Alabama Melton Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation advisory board.

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Join the Frios family

Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit and love dessert as much as we do? Learn about Frios franchise opportunities and requirements.

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