Today Is….National Blueberry Popsicle Day! Do You Know How The Popsicle Came To Be?
Like I said, every day can be a celebration! Today, celebrate the blueberry popsicle AND impress your friends with these facts about the popsicle!
In my research today, I learned some cool (get it, cool) things about the popsicle. Check these out, maybe even impress someone with these fun facts!
The Popsicle Story: In 1905, 11-year-old Frank Epperson left a mixture of powdered soda, water, and a stirring stick in a cup on his porch, according to WFMY News. It was apparently a cold night, and Epperson awoke the next morning to find a frozen pop. He called it the “Epsicle.”
It was a hit with his friends at school, and later even with his own kids. They constantly called for “Pop’s ‘sicle.” So in 1923, Epperson changed the name and applied for a patent. Epperson sold the rights to the brand name Popsicle to the Joe Lowe Company in New York.
- During World War II, the Eighth Air Force Unit chose Popsicle ice pops as a symbol of American life.
- The very first “ice cream man” sold Popsicle ice pops from a horse-drawn cart to children in Nebraska.
- The Twin Popsicle ice pop was invented during The Great Depression, so two children could share an ice pop for just a nickel.
- Two billion Popsicle ice pops are sold annually.