Posts Tagged With: Popsicle

238/365: National Cherry Popsicle Day

We’re going to stick with the frozen dessert theme today. August 26 is National Cherry Popsicle Day!

I’m surprised by how many different Popsicle holidays we have celebrated this year. We’ve already honored grape, today is cherry, and coming up we’ve got blueberry. Plus, there were creamsicles, a brand of Popsicle. I think one holiday for this frozen treat would have been sufficient, but as I’ve said before, we didn’t make the rules – all we can do is follow them to the best of our ability. Of course, when there are different variations on the same food, the interesting stories behind the creation of those foods have already been told, as is the case here: I discussed the history of the Popsicle back in May, which leaves me scrambling for words to fill this blank page today.National Cherry Popsicle Day

I will say I researched the most popular Popsicle flavors, and found that cherry is #1. Additional flavors have included orange, grape, banana, root beer, and lemon lime. Then there are the “Jolly Rancher” flavors, the “tropical” flavors…

About the only flavor there isn’t is blueberry. Ironic, considering one week from today we’re celebrating that food holiday. How will we pull it off, if blueberry Popsicles don’t exist?! Stay tuned to find out, folks.

Fortunately, cherry Popsicles do exist. So we picked some up from the grocery store and celebrated by licking them ’til they were gone.

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147/365: National Grape Popsicle Day

There’s no need to be a stick in the mud: today’s food holiday is a tasty, delicious treat for both young and old alike. May 27 is National Grape Popsicle Day!

Grape PopsiclePopsicles were invented by accident in 1905 when 11 year old Frank Epperson of San Francisco left a mixture of powdered soda, water, and a stirring stick on his porch overnight. It was bitterly cold that evening, and the whole thing froze. Little Frankie called his frozen treat Epsicles. It became a hit with the neighborhood children and, later, his own kids, who would frequently ask for “Pop’s ‘sicles.” The name stuck and was eventually trademarked, but it’s one of those products that has become so popular the name is used to denote generic versions, as well. Much like aspirin. Epperson began selling his Popsicles at an amusement park in Alameda, California in 1923, where they became wildly popular. They were originally available in seven flavors and marketed as “a frozen drink on a stick.” In 1925 Frank sold his rights to the Popsicle to the Joe Lowe Company of New York, because he was flat broke. Today, more than 2 billion Popsicles are sold every year, with the most popular flavors being cherry, orange, and grape.

We picked up a variety of Popsicles at the local grocery store. The box contained two grape – perfect! And they tasted great, even though they were sugar free.

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87/365: National Something on a Stick Day*

Today is one of the weirder food holidays we’ve celebrated. It also gives us a lot of freedom. It’s National Something on a Stick Day.

That “something” really translates to “anything you can spear.” Some of the obvious choices include corn dogs, lollipops, shish kebabs, and Popsicles. But really, if you can poke a stick in it and eat it that way, you’re golden. We thought about doing something really difficult – spaghetti on a stick perhaps, or to really make it tough, soup on a stick. But in the end, we settled for something simpler.

It is also, I should point out, National Black Forest Cake Day. As delicious as that sounded, tomorrow is dedicated to lemon chiffon cake, and we weren’t in the mood for back-to-back cakes.

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People have been eating food on sticks for as long as fire has existed. Big, meaty hunks of mastadon have given way to hot dogs and marshmallows over the centuries, but there are few things more appealing than cooking your own food over an open fire in the great outdoors, and then wolfing it down without any namby-pamby utensils. The protocol is simple: hold food over fire, cook until black on the outside and cold in the middle, take a bite and burn the roof of your mouth, blow on it a little, wait a minute, take another bite. And be sure to wipe your fingers on your pants afterwards. Napkins? We don’t need no stinkin’ napkins! There’s a great and humorous look at the history of food on a stick here. I’d never heard of Uncyclopedia before, but it had me laughing. It’s like Wikipedia-meets-The-Onion.

Tara and I met up for lunch at New Season’s, a grocery store known for their free food samples – many of which are available to nosh on using toothpicks. A-ha! Sure enough, we found cheese samples to impale. Later on, we had dinner at my parents’ house, and because they support this blog, my mom made sure to serve something on a stick herself. In this case, lollipops. Thanks for your support, guys!

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