Popsicle, Ice Pop, Frozen Treat, Ice Lollipop, whatever you call this cool and refreshing treat, we all can agree that it never disappoints the taste buds. Popsicles come in all different flavors and as a young child and now an adult, I have eaten my fair share of this delicious popular treat. I can attest that I never get tired of having one.
There are too many choices in the ice cream section in which to choose, and for me at times that can be quite confusing. My favorite store bought flavor is grape. I found out that the most popular flavor is cherry and well over two billion popsicles are sold every year. I also found out, thanks to my trusty friend, Google, that an 11-year old boy named Frank W. Epperson invented this sweet concoction.
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In 1905, he was experimenting in a cup with different ingredients using water, soda water and powder at his home in San Francisco, California one rare cold night. He decided to leave the mixture with a stick tucked inside the liquid cup outside on his back porch. Lo and Behold, the next morning, his experiment turned into a frozen treat and the Popsicle was born. It was first named Epsicle, but his children called them “Pop’s Sicles” and that is how it got its name. Due to money woes, Mr. Epperson sold his patent in 1929. When he died in 1983 at the age of 89 years old, his obituary in the New York Times stated that he said that after selling his patent, he was never the same since.
While I like to peruse the freezer section to see new flavors, I end up getting the same brand and flavors that I had as a child. I decided to go a different route with my cold treat choice. This time around, instead of having the grocery store brand, I opted to make my own Popsicle flavor to share with you. I am so glad that I did. I purchased six silicone Popsicle molds with the sticks included from Amazon and used only two ingredients. I cut up mango and pineapple and put them in a blender. I recommend using fresh fruit because the Popsicle will not be as icy as the frozen fruit version. I poured the ingredients into the silicon molds and placed them in the freezer for about six hours. The next day I tried one and it was definitely worth the wait. I do believe if you like mango and pineapple, you too, will be just as satisfied.
I am in the process of experimenting with other fruits too. Feel free to use fruits that you like. Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries are all good choices as well. Even bananas will be sweet and tasty. If you are trying to be more health conscious, there is an added benefit to using fresh or frozen fruit. You are getting the natural sugars from the fruit by not adding the granulated kind. Sometimes, I don’t mind a little sugar high but as I get older, I am more cognizant of my sugar intake. Whether you decide to make, buy or create your Popsicle, Ice Pop, Frozen Treat, or Ice Lollipop, it all screams delicious. Fortunately we have the late Mr. Frank W. Epperson to Thank. Enjoy!