Forbes Honors, New Flavors and Community Values— Jonnypops Is Not Slowing Down

About seven years ago, a tiny business started in a St. Olaf dorm room with four friends and an idea. Erik Brust wanted options for fruit-based frozen pops. Now Jonnypops can be found across the midwest, in places like Target and Walmart and just about anywhere else you can imagine. The delicious frozen treats are a huge success, and the values they promote make them even better. Each stick has a printed message or good deed, read by the millions of kids who have Jonnypops in their schools. Brust says he loves seeing how a sweet treat can also start an important conversation with kids about bullying or standing up for each other.

Last year, the company received an incredible media boost when Brust and his co-founder Connor Wray were listed in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list. Only four percent of those nominated make the final list; the pair were also the only honorees from Minnesota. This led to an “overwhelming outpouring of media,” says Brust. All in all, he says the honor wasn’t just his. It’s a “big win for the team and company overall,” he says.

Last month Jonnypops doubled their list of flavors to add more indulgent options, including root beer float, cold press coffee and vanilla mint.