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Two Billion Popsicles Are Sold Annually

National Creamsicle Day on August 14th celebrates the creamy citrus dessert on a stick. During the height of summer, what better way to enjoy refreshment than with a creamsicle!

  • “Creamsicle” is the brand name of an ice cream treat.
  • An 11-year-old Frank Epperson inspired the creation when he invented the original popsicle back in 1905. After mixing up a powdered soda, he left the beverage overnight with the stirring stick in it. Temperatures dropped unusually low that night and the next morning, Epperson found the liquid frozen on the stick. He dubbed the creation the Epsicle. Sometime later, he changed the name to Popsicle.
  • Frank patented the idea 18 years later when his children began calling it “Pop’s ‘sicle”.
  • The center of a creamsicle is vanilla ice cream which is covered in flavored ice (usually fruit juice).
  • Creamsicle flavors today include orange, blue raspberry, lime, grape, cherry and blueberry.
  • The Popsicle company offers different types of Creamsicles: Sugar Free Bars, Low Fat Bars, No Sugar Added Bars, and 100 Calorie Bars.
  • On June 22, 2005, Snapple tried to beat the existing Guinness Book of World Records entry of a 1997 Dutch 21-foot ice pop by attempting to erect a 25-foot ice pop in New York City. The 15.9 tons of frozen juice that had been brought from Edison, New Jersey in a freezer truck melted faster than expected, dashing hopes of a new record. Spectators fled to higher ground as firefighters hosed away the kiwi-strawberry-flavored mess.
  • It became even more popular when ice cream trucks started to sell creamsicles and moved around cities and towns so that people can enjoy them especially during the hot summer months. This is also the main reason why the popularity of creamsicle transcended boundaries.
  • The Fudgsicle is a chocolate-flavored pop with a texture somewhat similar to ice cream.
  • The Dreamsicle is a Creamsicle filled with ice milk instead of ice cream.
  • The first ice cream man sold Popsicles to children in Nebraska from a horse-drawn carriage.
  • 2,000,000,000 Popsicles are sold annually.
  • The most popular popsicle flavor is CHERRY!
  • The two-stick Popsicle was invented during the Great Depression so that two children could share for just one nickel.

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