Inventions: Popsicle


In 1905, 11-year-old Frank Epperson left a mixture of powdered soda, water, and a stirring stick in a cup on his porch. It was a cold night, and Epperson awoke the next morning to find a frozen pop – inspiring the idea of a fruit-flavored ‘Popsicle’. He called it the “Epsicle.”  It was a hit with his friends at school, and later with his own kids. They constantly called for “Pop’s ‘sicle.”

In 1923, Epperson changed the name and applied for a patent. A couple of years later, Epperson sold the rights to the brand name Popsicle® to the Joe Lowe Company in New York.  In 1989, Good Humor, a subsidiary of Unilever, bought the rights.

Today, 2 billion Popsicles are sold each year.