Friday, August 26, 2011

By Diane Forrest,

Wouldn't an ice cold Cherry Popsicle really hit the spot on this hot August day?  Well you're in luck!  Today is National Cherry Popsicle Day.  Frank Epson is the father of these frozen treats. In 1905, at age 11, he left a glass of his homemade combination of fruity soda powder and water in his backyard overnight. He forgot to remove the stir stick -- or so goes the legend. It was a record cold night in San Francisco, so when he came out the next morning, he discovered it was frozen. More importantly, he pulled it from the glass and started licking!
In 1923 Frank introduced his frozen treats at Neptune Beach in California.  It was originally available in seven flavors and marketed as a "frozen drink on a stick." The form is unique, with two parts joined together on two sticks, so the two sections could be divided and shared.  In 1924 Frank patented his "frozen ice on a stick" and called it an "Epsicle ice pop." His kids decided the name was too long and just called them "Pop's sicles".  He sold the rights in 1925, and it was bought in 1989 by the Good Humor Company.

When I was young my mom used to make kool aid, pour them in a metal ice tray, the kind that has the lever in the center.  She would cover the top with plastic wrap and stick tooth picks in it.  A yummy treat for those hot summer days.   These days they have some nice popsicle molds that you can fill and freeze.  Here is a fast easy recipe if you want to make your own, however if you don't have time today, you can always pick some up in your grocer's freezer. 

Enjoy an ice old Cherry Popsicle today and celebrate the day!

Easy Cherry Popsicle Recipe
  • 1 packaged cherry flavored Jell-0
  • 2/3 cup hot water
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1 cup sugar

In a large pitcher mix the Jell-o, hot water and sugar. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Add cold water and pour into molds and freeze 

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