Ah, the popsicle. It's always pretty much been a part of childhood. Except, like most things, there was a time when it wasn't. But we can thank a child for bringing us this refreshing treat.
The popsicle was invented in 1905 by an eleven year old boy, who, as was common in the day, mixed soda powder and water with a wooden stick for a refreshing drink. The child, Frank W. Epperson, seemed to be a bit forgetful like I am, and left the unfinished drink outside overnight. When he finally came to retrieve it the next day, it was frozen.
It seems little Frank kept his new treat mainly to himself until almost two decades later, when he realized the possibility of the demand for this frozen treat.
Though he originally called it the "Epsicle," Epperson eventually "changed the name of his treat to "Popsicle," after his children’s frequent requests for "Pop’s ’sicle," and applied for a patent." (Popsicle History, http://www.popsicle.com/history/)
We had a contest a couple of weeks ago, and three people answered correctly. Congrats to Ruth, Jennifer, and Arianna for submitting the correct answer and winning a coupon for a free box of frozen treats from Breyers, Popsicle, Klondike, or Good Humor.
Reminder: to celebrate our hundreth post we are having a raffle of some full value coupons for frozen treats and a few other extras...To enter, email us or comment here at our hundreth post by next Wednesday, October 1 and tell us your favorite thing about Scoopalicious. *Please be sure to include an email address we can contact you at in case you win!*
The history of the popsicle is from the Popsicle website, in their Popsicle History Section. The photo is taken by Dain Hubbley who is represented on stock.xchng.