In 1905, 11-year-old Frank Epperson left a mixture of powdered soda, water, and a stirring stick in a cup on his porch. It was 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 with his own kids. They constantly called for “Pop’s ‘sicle.” So in 1923, Epperson changed the name and applied for a patent. A couple of years later, Epperson sold the rights to the brand name Popsicle® to the Joe Lowe Company in New York. The rest is history!

Did You Know?

† Cherry is the No. 1 Popsicle® ice pop flavor.

† Popsicle® ice pop sticks have riddles on them, but you can’t find out the answer until you’ve eaten the whole pop!

† 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.

† Popsicle® ice pop sticks are made of birch.

† The Twin Popsicle® ice pop was invented during The Great Depression, so two children could share an ice pop for just a nickel.

† Popsicle® Lick-A-Color® ice pops are made from the outside in.

† Two billion Popsicle® ice pops are sold annually.

For quick and healthy snacks in reasonable portion sizes, try homemade popsicles. Just fill Popsicle molds with your favorite concoction. When our kids were growing up I would often freeze fruit juice in popsicle molds as treats. To unmold, briefly hold base of mold under running water to loosen the edges. Enjoy!

Here are some easy ideas for fillers for Popsicle molds:

† 100% fruit juice.

† Orange

† Apple

† Pineapple

† Grape

† Cranberry

† Instant pudding, any flavor. Make with skim milk according to package directions.

† Your favorite smoothie recipe.