Popsicle's Accidental Birth
In 1905, 11-year-old Frank Epperson accidentally invented the Popsicle. He left a mixture of powdered soda, water, and a stirring stick in a cup on his porch overnight, which then froze.
Epperson's Initial Invention
Originally dubbed 'Epsicle', Frank Epperson's frozen creation was patented in 1923. The name 'Popsicle' came later, suggested by his children who often asked for 'Pop's 'sicle'.
Popsicle's Early Popularity
Popsicles gained popularity quickly. Initially, they were fruit-flavored and sold at amusement parks and beaches. Their affordability during the Great Depression made them a hit, with double-stick Popsicles introduced for sharing.
Proliferation of Flavors
Over time, the Popsicle brand expanded to include more than 15 flavors. Some of the most unique include root beer, banana, and even a mystery flavor.
Invention of Creamsicle
The success of Popsicles led to the invention of Creamsicles, a variation with ice cream inside. The Creamsicle has become another beloved frozen treat, with orange being the classic flavor.
Popsicle Stick Creativity
Popsicle sticks, a byproduct of the frozen snack, have become a staple in arts and crafts, used by millions to create models, sculptures, and other projects, exemplifying unexpected upcycling.
Did you know? The twin Popsicle was created to allow two children to share a single Popsicle during the Depression, but it also sparked the tradition of breaking it to share.