Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Today's Trivia - Popsicle: A Child’s Invention

What would childhood be without popsicles? I ate my fair share as a kid, and although I’m not into them as much as an adult, I do enjoy one occasionally, especially on hot summer days.

Did you know that a child invented this treat by mistake?

In 1905, 11-year-old Frank Epperson was mixing a white powdered flavoring for soda and water on his porch. He left it outside with the stirring stick still in it. That night the temperature reached a record low and when the young lad woke up the next morning, he discovered that the drink had frozen to the stick, which inspired the idea of a fruit-flavoured ‘Popsicle’. But this wasn’t to be for a long time.

18 years later, Epperson introduced frozen pop on a stick to the public at Neptune beach, an amusement park in Alameda, California. It was a success, and in 1924 he applied for a patent for his treat and called it ‘the Epsicle ice pop'. His children, apparently, urged him to change the name to ‘Popsicle’.

The rest, as they say, is history...

8 comments:

  1. O! What a coincidence! We've been making popsicles like crazy of late -- in 35 degree weather (every day!), they are sooooo good. Thank you Mr Epperson :))

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    1. Wow, that is hot! We are going through a heat wave, too, right now. Popsicles are exactly what is needed on a day like this.

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  2. I'm with BIBIK AND RORO: Thank you Mr. Epperson :) What would our childhoods have been without the popsicle!

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    1. Yes, what would our childhoods be without this invention!

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  3. My fave was always the orange popsicle! Root beer was pretty good too. Grape -- meh.

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    1. Orance and purple for me! Yellow and pink weren't so bad, either.

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