National Blueberry Popsicle Day is here on September 2. With its vivid blue color and sweet berry flavor, blueberry doesn’t get the love it truly deserves! Popsicles are great — a frozen treat made by freezing flavored liquid or juice on a stick. Curious about its history? Read on to learn more.
History of National Blueberry Popsicle Day
Popsicles are widely known as ice pop, freeze pop, ice lolly, or ice block. Popsicle is actually a brand that has become a generic term in the U.S. due to its popularity. The word Popsicle is interchangeably used with the frozen treat, and has been around since the 1920s.
Popsicles were the brainchild of Frank Epperson, an eleven-year-old boy. On a cold night in the winter of 1905, he unintentionally left a fruit drink outside on his porch, with a stirring stick in it. By morning, the ice lolly was invented. Frank called his discovery the ‘epsicle,’ which was changed to ‘popsicle’ 18 years later. Partnering with the Joe Lowe company in New York, Frank started distributing these frozen delights all over the country. The best accident ever? We think so!
Popsicles have since been a go-to treat for beating the heat in summer. Following the purchase of the company by Unilever in 1989, the Popsicle brand was created with a variety of fruity flavors to the popsicle repertoire. Although cherry popsicles are the most popular, we are team blueberry today!
National Blueberry Popsicle Day timeline
A blueberry canning plant begins in Northeast U.S.
11-year-old Frank Epperson creates the ice lolly.
Epperson patents his ice pops idea.
Unilever purchases the rights to ‘popsicle’ and trademarks their brand.
National Blueberry Popsicle Day FAQs
Is there a National Popsicle Day?
National Cherry Popsicle Day is on August 26 and National Blueberry Popsicle Day is on September 2.
Who invented the Popsicle?
We have 11-year-old Frank Epperson to thank for creating the original popsicle back in 1905.
What is the best-selling Popsicle flavor?
The most popular Popsicle flavor is Cherry.
How To Celebrate National Blueberry Popsicle Day
Enjoy a blueberry popsicle
Celebrations don’t get easier or better than this. Buy a blueberry popsicle (or two) and indulge in its sweet goodness!
Make your own blueberry popsicles
Making popsicles isn’t rocket science. With easily available ingredients and requiring no cooking, look up a recipe online and make popsicles at home!
Share on social media!
The hashtags for the day are #TeamBlueberryPopsicle and #NationalBlueberryPopsicleDay. You know what to do!
5 Facts About Blueberries That Are ‘Berry’ Sweet!
Sweet and nutritious
One large handful of blueberries contains 10% of the daily recommended vitamin C and only has 44 calories.
More than what meets the eye
Blueberries are packed with antioxidants, and rank better than other fruits and vegetables
The blueberry is one of the only foods that is truly naturally blue in color.
Blueberries have been around for a LONG time
People have been eating blueberries for more than 13,000 years.
That’s a lot of blueberries
A single blueberry bush can produce as many as 6,000 blueberries per year.
Why We Love National Blueberry Popsicle Day
Blueberry popsicles are underrated
Beats us why this is the case. Blueberry popsicles are delicious! Be right back, we are off to buy some more.
Celebration of popsicles
National Blueberry Popsicle Day celebrates popsicles as well! The frozen delight we all love has an equally delightful origin story worth commemorating.
A unique treat
There aren’t many foods out there that are blue! We’ll admit that part of the reason we love this holiday so much is because of the uniqueness of the blueberry!
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