The other part of living in the core is 24 hour stores, everywhere. There are 5 convenience and 2 24 hr grocery stores within ten minutes of the house. So late night snacking is all tooooo easy. One of the insanely hot nights when I was out walking, I decided to pop in and get myself a frozen treat. When the humidex is topping 35C I dont want anything rich and creamy. So in the freezer I saw an old friend from days gone by
The humble, cherry popsicle.
Its been years since I had a popsicle, so I thought why not!? Although no longer a dime, they are still the cheapest treat in the freezer at under a dollar. Is there anything under a dollar anymore!?! I had low expectations, I was hot and it was "just" a popsicle.
As I walked down to Allen Gardens with the sweet sugary pop dripping down my hand I started to realize, " Hey! This thing is actually really good", nothing like the weak flavoured ice I remember.
I decided to do a little digging, to determine if I was crazy, or had popsicles changed. And I was right!
in 1905 11-year-old Frank Epperson left a glass of homemade soda on his porch on a very cold San Francisco night. The next morning he went to go get the soda and it was frozen. Using the stirring stick that he had also left in the glass, he pulled it out and tried it. In 1923, Epperson introduced frozen pop on a stick to the public at Neptune Beach, an amusement park in California. It was a success and in 1924, Epperson applied for a patent for his "frozen confectionery" which he called "the Epsicle ice pop"
Now heres the part that made me go Yes!! I was right....In 1989, Good Humor, bought the rights. In June 2006, Popsicles with "natural flavors and colors" were introduced, replacing the original versions in some cases.
So if you havent in a while, do yourself a favor and have a simple Popsicle, you wont regret it!