All The Best Popsicle Ice Pop Funny Classic TV Commercials
Popsicle is a North American brand of ice pop owned by Unilever, and a genericized trademark for any type of ice pop, due to its popularity and long-term use.
In 1905 in Oakland, California, 11-year-old Francis William “Frank” Epperson was mixing a powdered flavoring for soft drinks with water. He accidentally left it on the back porch overnight, with a stirring stick still in it. That night, the temperature dropped below freezing, and the next morning, Epperson discovered the drink had frozen to the stick, inspiring the idea of a fruit-flavored ‘Popsicle’.
In 1922, he introduced the frozen treat at a fireman’s ball, where according to reports it was “a sensation”. In 1923, Epperson sold the frozen pop on a stick to the public at Neptune Beach, an amusement park in Alameda, California.By 1924 Epperson had received a patent for his “frozen confectionery” which he called “the Epsicle ice pop”. He renamed it to Popsicle, allegedly at the insistence of his children.
It was originally available in seven flavors and marketed as a “frozen drink on a stick.” The form is unique, with a wooden stick frozen into the ice to create a handle. The stick, similar in shape and size to a disposable tongue depressor, with round ends used as a handle became as well known as the treat, commonly used as a craft-stick for craft projects by children and adults.
In 1925, Epperson sold the rights to the Popsicle to the Joe Lowe Company of New York. “I was flat and had to liquidate all my assets,” he recalled years later. “I haven’t been the same since.” In 1989, Good Humor, a subsidiary of Unilever, bought the rights. In June 2006, Popsicles with “natural flavors and colors” were introduced, replacing the original versions in some cases. In addition, Popsicle provides several sugar-free flavors.