Wednesday, May 27, 2015

National Grape Popsicle Day, In the News, and Enjoy

National Grape Popsicle Day - Today is National Grape Popsicle Day!

National Grape Popsicle Day is celebrated on May 27 in the United States. This food holiday commemorates the taste, history and culture of grape-flavored popsicles. Grape popsicles are typically sold with other flavors, including cherry, orange, banana and root beer. They are available in slow melt and sugar-free alternatives as well.

Grape popsicles are frozen treats which are made using water, a popsicle stick, grape-flavoring (typically Jello or Kool-Aid) and sugar.

The origins of National Grape Popsicle Day are unknown. The popsicle itself was invented in 1905 by Frank Epperson, who was 11 years old at the time. He accidentally left a mixture of powered soda, water and a stirring stick outside on his porch. It froze over during the night and the next day the "Epsicle" was born.

Frank introduced the creation to his schoolmates, who instantly loved the treat. When Epperson grew up and had his own kids, they constantly asked for "Pop's 'sicles." In 1923, he applied for a patent on the frozen treat and changed the name to "Popsicles." A few years later, Epperson would sell his invention to the Joe Lowe Company in New York.

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