In 1905, a young boy named Frank Epperson, living in Oakland, California, created what is now known in the U.S. as a Popsicle. While many frozen treats had come before, Frank was the first to introduce a stick or a “handle,” an innovation that would take him and his new creation very far. Elsewhere in the world, Popsicles are known as ice lollies, icy poles and freeze pops.
As the legend goes, Frank Epperson was just a child when he mistakenly created the very first Popsicle. He filled a glass with water, soda mix and a wooden stirrer, but he only drank some of it, leaving the rest outside.
When he woke up the next morning, his mixture was frozen solid. He pulled on the stick, and out popped the first Popsicle - although it wouldn’t get that name right away. Frank made them for his friends and family, and he named them Eppsicles. They grew in popularity, and in 1923 he filed a patent for his recipe.
As he grew older, Frank kept making his Eppsicles. He served them to his children, only they preferred to call them by a different name: “Pop’s ‘sicles.” With that, the legendary name was born.
Epperson went on to reach a royalty agreement with the Popsicle Corporation and eventually sell his patent to them in 1929. Shortly after, Popsicle released a new version of its crowd-pleasing blockbuster: the double-stick ice pop.