Hello everyone! How are you today? Is it hot where you are? If so, and you like Popsicles then this is the post for you!!!
Since Sunday was the first day of Spring I decided that this week our “Where did it come from?” thing is “Popsicles”.
Who came up with the idea for Popsicles? In what country did they originate? What flavors did they start with?
On to the research…
“Originated as a happy accident.
The story goes that on a chilly San Francisco evening back in 1905, an 11-year-old boy named Frank Epperson was making himself a soft drink, using a cup and a stirring stick to blend a powdered mix with water. Somehow he got distracted and left the concoction on his front porch overnight. In the morning, he discovered the drink had frozen with the stick inside, making a handle of sorts.
He patented “frozen ice on a stick” in 1923 and started making what he called “Eppsicles” and his children soon termed “Pop” sicles. A year or two later, Epperson sold his patent to the Joe Lowe Co. The nickel-priced novelties soon took off like wildfire.”
More info at History
“Today, two billion Popsicles are sold every year.”
Now for some yummy Popsicle recipes:
- Cherry is the most popular flavor
- During WWII the eighth air force unit chose popsicles as a symbol of American life.
- The very first ice cream man sold popsicles from a horse drawn cart to children in Nebraska
- The “twin” pop was invented during the great depression so two children could share one popsicle for a nickel
- August 14 is National Creamsicle day
- Today there are more than 25 variations
Did you learn anything? I know I did.
Thank you for reading. I hope I didn’t bore you to much. Have a wonderful day!
Allie’s Mommy 😛