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Saturday, 8 April 2017

Popsicle

11-year-old Frank Epperson of San Francisco, California came up with the idea of a frozen ice pop on a stick by accident. One winter evening in 1905, he mixed some soda water powder to drink, but left it on the back porch overnight with the stirring stick in it. That night the city experienced record low temperatures. In the morning Frank discovered it had frozen together. After trying it himself and liking it, the youngster started selling the confection to his schools friends.

18 years after conceiving his frozen ice on a stick, Epperson finally applied for a patent for his confection, which his children named the "Popsicle". By now he was selling them from a lemonade stand at an amusement park in Alameda, California.

Green ice pop By dumbfoundling a flickr user 

A couple of years later, Epperson sold the rights to the invention and the Popsicle brand to the Joe Lowe Company in New York City. In 1989, Good Humor, a subsidiary of Unilever, bought the rights.

The ice pop frozen snack is referred to as a popsicle in Canada and U.S, ice lolly in the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa and ice block in New Zealand and Australia.

Source Food For Thought by Ed Pearce

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