In 1905, 11 year old Frank Epperson accidently invented the Popsicle. Living in San Francisco at the time, Frank had mixed a sugar soda powder with water and accidently left it out overnight. When he woke up the next morning, the mixture was frozen due to the cold temperature. He called it an Eppsicle, a combination of his name and the word icicle, and ate it by licking it off the wooden stirrer. He then decided to sell the treat to people in his neighborhood.
In 1923, Frank expanded his reach and began selling at a nearby amusement park, Neptune Beach. Neptune Beach was filled with roller coasters, baseball, and a swimming pool, and customers loved to spend the day there and also buy Popsicles and snow cones. Eppsicles now came in seven flavors and Frank changed the name to Popsicle based on his success. He later sold his idea to The Lowe Company who adapted his recipe and sold the double stick Popsicle for 5 cents. Good Humor, a competing company who sold chocolate covered ice cream on a stick, sued The Lowe Company stating that they could only sell water based popsicles, and Good Humor could sell ice cream pops. Popsicles remain a favorite treat with over two billion Popsicles sold each year.
The most popular Popsicle flavor is cherry.
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