Cherry Popsicle Day: A History of Summer's Favorite Treat
National Cherry Popsicle Day Is August 26th
Did you know that the cherry popsicle has a national day of its own? This fruity frozen treat sounds delicious doesn't it? A cold refreshing popsicle is the perfect thing to celebrate at the end of a hot summer day in August.
The history of this oddly-specific national holiday is shrouded in mystery. Who created this holiday? Why was cherry chosen over other popsicle flavors? If anyone is able to solve this mystery, please be sure to update me in the comments, because my research is not turning up anything significant.
Regardless, this day has been officially recognized by the U.S. government to honor the cherry popsicle, so be sure to enjoy a cherry flavored ice treat in honor of Cherry Popsicle Day this August!
A Little Popsicle History
How Was the Popsicle Created?
The frozen treat has been around for centuries but the invention of what has become known as the "popsicle" is somewhat more recent.
I was the early 1900s when an eleven year old boy named Frank Epperson mixed up a concoction of soda and powder in a glass. Frank being the distracted little boy he was completely forgot about his little experiment and left it outside all night long on his porch.
Little Frank lived in California but I guess it just happened to be cold enough that night for his concoction to freeze with the mixing stick in it. When he discovered it in the morning it was completely frozen with the stick standing upright like a handle.
He fiddled around with it and managed to pull it up out of the can and started to eat it. Little Frank found the frozen discovery to be quite delicious and started making them for friends and family. An entrepreneur was born! He soon expanded to selling the ice treat at the beaches of California.
How Did the Popsicle Get Its Name?
It wasn't until 20 years later that Frank Epperson patented the name "Epsicle" which is a combination of his last name and icicle. It later was renamed "Popsicle" and there are two stories to support this change in name.
One story is that the name change came about because Frank's children started calling them "Pop's sicles" - Frank being their "Pop". Another story is that he wanted to emphasize that it was made out of "soda pop" thus added the "pop". I like the kid's story myself, don't you?
Frank wasn't much of a business man and due to financial difficulties he sold the rights to his patent to the Joe Lowe Company around 1925. That company brought the "popsicle" to the international success that it remains today.
What Happened to Frank?
Frank passed away at the age of 89 in 1983. Not much is known about how he supported himself all those years, but there are reports that he was involved in real estate. He certainly did not benefit financially from the international success of his popsicle invention.
Make Your Own Popsicles
Save money and have fun with the kids making your own popsicles. Fill them with juice or try out a cool recipe. I remember as a child making your own popsicles was a common activity. The molds as I remember them were plastic with little plastic handles that cupped the frozen treat and caught the melting drips befor it hit your shirt. We often filled the molds with different flavors of Kool Aid.
Now you can use "heavy duty" molds made out of stainless steel. If you are really into making your own ice treats these are the best molds to own.
Cherry Popsicle Recipes
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This recipe is very versatile as you can make the pops in layers, swirl the ingredients to give it an artistic look, or even combine everything together. Get adventurous and be creative in your experiment.
What is your favorite flavor of popsicle?
Other Refreshing Popsicle Recipes
Below are links for creating many different types of popsicles. These recipes are great for kids to help out with too. This is a fun thing to do on a hot summer day.
The only drawback is that you have to wait for them to freeze. After you prepare them, perhaps jump in the wading pool or do another activity for a few hours of fun while you wait for your frozen treats. Yum, yum, yum.
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Cherry Popsicle: A Song by Jann Arden
I loved you more than anything
I loved you more than anyone
You were the peaches in my cream
You were my setting sun
You were my favorite hockey card
You were my smokey little bar
You were my cherry popsicle
You'll never ever know
Cherry Popsicle by Jann Arden
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