Popsicle

Popsicle

[pop-si-kuhl, -sik-uhl]

Popsicle is the most popular brand of ice pop in the U.S. and Canada. Popsicle is a trademark owned by Unilever, although it has entered the general vernacular in North America. It was founded in Michigan.

History

Frozen juice bars have existed since the 20th century, but the Popsicle was the first form of the product to be mass marketed. There are more than thirty different flavors.

  • 1905, 11-year-old Frank Epperson left out on his porch a mixture of powdered soda and water that contained a stir stick. That night, temperatures in San Francisco reached record low temperature. When he woke the next morning, he discovered that it had frozen to the stir stick, creating a fruit flavored 'icicle' ... a treat that he named his 'epsicle'. He then waited 18 years before releasing it to the public.
  • 1922, the ice-lollipop was introduced to the public for the first time at an Alameda amusement park, Neptune Beach
  • 1924, Frank Epperson applied for a patent for " frozen confectionery" called the Epsicle ice pop, which he re-named the Popsicle, allegedly at the instigation of his children. It was originally available in seven flavors and marketed as a "frozen drink on a stick."
  • 1925, Epperson sold the Popsicle to the Joe Lowe Company of New York. Good Humor, a subsidiary of Unilever, now owns the rights.
  • In April 1939, a mascot named Popsicle Pete was introduced on the radio program Buck Rogers in the 21st Century as having won the "Typical American Boy Contest. The character told listeners that they could win presents if they sent packaging from Popsicle products to the manufacturer. He appeared in print and television advertisements, and activity books until 1995.
  • In June 2006, Popsicles with "Natural Flavors and Colors" were introduced, replacing the original versions. Company spokespeople cited customer requests for "an option without some colors and flavors to which some had allergies" as the reason for the change.

Traditional Advertising

  • The wrapper on traditional Popsicle brand ice bars described their bar as "a quiescently frozen confection."

Current Advertising

The Popsicle brand uses a common slogan that reads "If it's Popsicle, it's possible". This slogan is carried out through a lot of the cardboard advertisements that Popsicle gives to vendors.

Related Snacks

Creamsicle is a brand name, also owned by Unilever, for a frozen dessert which resembles an ice pop, with a center composed of vanilla ice cream, and an exterior layer of flavored ice (all around a wooden or plastic stick). Popular flavors for Creamsicles include orange, blue raspberry, and raspberry.

In the United States, National Creamsicle Day is celebrated on 14 August annually.

Fudgsicle is another variation; it, too, is a registered trademark of Unilever. This frozen dessert is chocolate-flavored and creamy, with a flavor and texture somewhere between a water ice pop and ice cream. The company's Web site describes it as a "chocolate fudge-flavored dairy dessert".

Fun With Popsicles

There are very elaborate crafts constructed with popsicle sticks One of the most simple is the 'popsicle stick bomb' constructed from 5 popsicle sticks, as shown in the figure. If it is thrown on the floor, it 'explodes' with a loud snap.

Popsicle stick bridges are a classic engineering education project. Competitions are arranged for children as young as grade 3

The Popsicle brand also have riddles printed on the sticks, the answers to which are hidden by the treat.

Popsicles In Popular Culture

  • One notorious episode of The Gong Show featured an act by two teenage girls whose entire performance consisted of sitting cross-legged in the center of the stage and licking Popsicles in a manner simulating fellatio. Because TV affiliates were canceling the show due to its increasing raunchiness the episode was pulled from future airings, although it can still be seen in The Gong Show Movie.
  • Popsicles play a key part in the plot of the movie American Graffiti. In one scene, Richard Dreyfuss' character discovers the identity of the mysterious DJ Wolfman Jack because of them, and the revelation gives him the courage to leave his hometown gang and go to college.
  • The alternative rock band Fuzzicle referenced the Popsicle slogan by rewording it to "If it's Fuzzicle, it's feasible" which carries the same meaning.
  • On the season 18 Simpsons episode Ice Cream of Margie (With The Light Blue Hair), Marge uses popsicle sticks from Homer's stint as an ice cream truck driver to create statues of different townspeople.
  • During the MADTV Stuart show, Stuart's mom tells him that "Fudgesicle looks like frozen poop."

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