|Alternative names||Freezer pop, ice pop, ice lolly, lolly ice, ice lollipop, ice block, icy pole, chihiro|
|Place of origin||United States|
|Main ingredients||Water, flavouring (such as fruit juices)|
|200 kcal (837 kJ)|
A popsicle (Canada and the United States), freeze pop (Ireland and the United States), ice lolly (United Kingdom and Ireland), ice block, icy pole (parts of Australia and New Zealand), chihiro (Cayman Islands), or ice pop is a water-based frozen snack. It is made by freezing flavored liquid (such as fruit juice) around a stick. Often, the juice is colored artificially. Once the liquid freezes solid, the stick can be used as a handle to hold the ice pop. When a popsicle does not have a stick, it is called, among other names, a freezie.
Frank Epperson of Oakland, California, popularized popsicles after patenting the concept of "frozen ice on a stick" in 1923. He initially called it the Epsicle. A couple of years later, Epperson sold the rights to the invention and the Popsicle brand to the Joe Lowe Company in New York City.
Epperson claimed to have first created an ice pop in 1905 at the age of 11 when he accidentally left a glass of powdered soda and water with a mixing stick in it on his porch during a cold night. However, the evidence for this is scant.
In the United States and Canada frozen ice on a stick is generically referred to as a popsicle due to the early popularity of the Popsicle brand, and the word has become a genericized trademark to mean any ice pop or freezer pop, regardless of brand or format. (The word is a portmanteau of pop and icicle.) They are also called an ice pop or freezer pop in the United States. In Ireland the product is also referred to as a freeze pop. In the Caicos Islands it is referred to as an ice saver. In the United Kingdom the term ice lolly is used. Chihiro is used as a slang term in the Cayman Islands, partially derived from chill. Ice block is used in parts of Australia and New Zealand.
Homemade ice pops
An alternative to the store-bought ice pops is making them at home using fruit juice, drink mix, or any freezable beverage. A classic method involves using ice cube trays and toothpicks, although various ice pop freezer molds are also available.
World record ice pop
On June 22, 2005, Snapple tried to beat the existing Guinness Book of World Records entry of a 1997 Dutch 21-foot (6.4 m) ice pop by attempting to erect a 25-foot (7.6 m) ice pop in New York City. The 17.5 short tons (15.9 t) of frozen juice that had been brought from Edison, New Jersey in a freezer truck melted faster than expected, dashing hopes of a new record. Spectators fled to higher ground as firefighters hosed away the kiwi-strawberry-flavored mess.
- Andrew F. Smith, ed. (2007). "Popsicle". The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink. Oxford University Press. p. 471.
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