As far as I can tell, the middle of August means it’s still summer. I know autumn is just around the corner, which means all the fashion magazines and catalogues are previewing their fall lines. The sweater dresses look cozy and the tweed looks positively academic-chic, and I know I’ll be excited about it all soon. But, those of us who live in places with seasons wait, like, EIGHT MONTHS for warm weather to arrive, so why, after only 2.5 months of deliciously warm weather, is the entire blogsphere already chirping about autumn?!?!
I’m here to take a stand – and bring you back into the summer with images of the summeriest of all summery treats: POPSICLES!
1905: Frank Epperson, 11, leaves a cup of powdered flavored soda, water and a stir stick on his San Francisco porch. Low temperatures over night froze the mixture and a summertime staple was born.
1923: Epperson debuts his “Epsicle” at an Alameda, CA park. The name is soon changed to Popsicle, which later becomes general vernacular, like “Kleenex” and “Xerox.”
1925: Epperson sells rights to Joe Lowe Company of New York, which distributes the treats nation-wide.
1939: The brand introduces a mascot, Popsicle Pete, who appears in ads for the next 50 years.
1986: The two-stick variety is retired, because moms everywhere deem it too messy.
1989: Good Humor, a subsidiary of Unilever, buys the rights.
2010: Now owned by Unilever, Popsicle now has plants in Nevada, Maryland and Missouri.
Now, for the eye candy. Click on the links for recipes.
Orange Banana Smoothie Pops from Delish
Triple Berry Popsicles from My Recipes via Sunset Magazine