Thursday, July 3, 2008

Popsicles...where did they come from?

"Back in 1905, young Frank Epperson was outside on the porch,
enjoying a refreshing fruit-flavored soda.
But, it wasn't like the soda we know today.
In those days, you poured soda water powder in water,
stirred, and viola! Instant tasty drink.
So, Frank was enjoying his soda, and for whatever reason, didn't finish it,
and forgot to bring it with him when he went inside.
There it sat. On the porch. All night. With the stirring stick still in it.
That night brought record low temperatures,
and when he found his soda the next morning, the drink was frozen to the stick.
Boys will be boys, and instead of taking it inside to clean it up, he tasted it. It was good!
The story goes then that he took it to school to show his pals, and made them for his friends.
He called them Epsicles.
It didn't occur to him to patent his frozen treat until 1923, as he sold seven flavors of Epsicles at a lemonade stand at an amusement park in Oakland, California.
His patent was granted in 1924, and the name was changed to the familiar Popsicle we know today. (It seems his kids gave him the idea, as they were always asking for 'Pop's 'sicles.')
There are now over 30 different varieties and flavors of Popsicles,
and an estimated 3 million of these frozen treats are sold each year."

I got this nugget of information from Life in Our Quiver The Paul Family. They have 10 children and I enjoy keeping up with their family. They also have a recipe site, too.

As, you can see from the picture James is enjoying his cold treat. All of my children and Arthur LOVE popsicles. I'm sure tomorrow as we celebrate the 4th of July we will consume quite a few!

1 comment:

Theresa said...

Curtis and Daniel are huge popsicle fans. I think they would choose it over ice-cream.

The soda concoction was making me gag!

I thought it was funny that after he left it out all night, he tasted it. Sounds like a lot of boys I know!

Thinking of you. Love T