Seems every food has a holiday and today is no exception. Perfectly timed for a hot Miami summer, August 26th is National cherry popsicle day.....not orange, grape or lemon.
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 t he 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!
Eighteen years later, 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".The name stuck.
Go out, enjoy a lick or two and don't forget to thank Frank.
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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.