Popsicle has been a summertime favourite for children across the country since the early 1900s. And now, these colourful, tasty and fun-to-eat treats are available in a special Slow Melt formula!
History of Popsicle®
The Popsicle® ice pop was accidentally invented in 1905 by an American boy, 11-year-old Frank Epperson. Epperson left a mixture of powdered soda and water and a stirring stick in a cup on his porch. That night San Francisco experienced record low temperatures, and Epperson awoke the next morning to find a frozen pop that would eventually become a favourite American treat.
An accidental discovery becomes a popular product
Epperson originally named his creation the “Epsicle,” and it quickly became popular with his school friends. It wasn’t until 1923, however, while running a lemonade stand at an amusement park in Oakland, Calif., that he realized the commercial possibilities of his invention. Epperson changed the name of his treat to “Popsicle,” after his children’s frequent requests for “Pop’s ‘sicle,” and applied for a patent. The patent for frozen ice on a stick was issued August 19, 1924. Around 1925, Epperson sold the rights to the brand name Popsicle® to the Joe Lowe Company in New York. By 1928, Epperson had earned royalties on more than 60 million Popsicle ice pops. The company later became Popsicle Industries and had several owners in the U.S.
The growth of Popsicle® in Canada
Popsicle Industries operated independently in Canada for many years. During that time, new flavours, forms and varieties of the original ice pop were launched, and the Popsicle multipack was introduced and sold in grocery stores.
In 1993, Popsicle Industries in Canada was acquired by Unilever and folded into its other novelty and ice cream operations. For a time, the company was called Good Humor-Popsicle. In 1995, the name was changed to Good Humor-Breyers.
Today, Popsicle is the #1 frozen water-ice novelty brand and the #1 kids’ brand in Canada and part of Unilever Ice Cream.*
*ACNielsen MarketTrack , $vol, L52W period ending Dec. 22, 2008.
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