Popsicles are popular not only in the United States and Canada, but also all over the world even though they are known by other names such as freeze pop, ice lolly, ice block, icy pole, ice pop, or freezer pop. No matter what it is called, a popsicle is a water-based frozen snack made by freezing flavored liquid such as fruit juice around a stick. Once the liquid freezes solid, the stick can be used as a handle to hold the ice pop. When a popsicle does not have a stick, it is called, among other names, a freezie.
The popsicle was actually created by accident back in 1905 when 11-year-old Frank Epperson of Oakland, California left a glass of powdered soda, water, and a stirring stick on his front porch. The cold temperatures that night froze the mixture, leaving Epperson with a frozen pop he called the “Epsicle.” It was a hit with his friends and later with his own children, who would constantly ask for “Pop's 'sicle.” And the popsicle was born, Epperson patented his creation in 1923. A couple of years later, he sold the rights to the invention and the Popsicle brand to the Joe Lowe Company in New York City. It is reported that a resort in Mexico even offers a $1,000 popsicle, made with high-end tequila and 24K gold flakes.
More than two billion popsicles are sold each year. They come in a variety of flavors, with the most popular being cherry, orange, and grape. Of course, since it is National Grape Day, have a grape popsicle today. Go ahead and turn your tongue purple with some grape popsicles from your local grocery story in honor of National Grape Popsicle Day.