Cool Ideas: How An 11-Year-Old Created the Popsicle

Cool Ideas: How An 11-Year-Old Created the Popsicle

Stephanie Barlow
Jun 15, 2012

Can you imagine a summer without popsicles? Maybe it's been a while since you've had one, or you were partial to ice cream bars, however, it's hard to argue that they didn't change summer desserts forever! But did you know the popsicle was discovered by an 11-year-old?

Like many great inventions, the popsicle was born out of a mistake. In 1905 Frank Epperson, an 11-year-old in San Francisco, was playing with his cup of powdered soda and water out on his porch and happened to leave it over night with a stirring stick left in. After a particularly cold night, he came out to see that his pop had frozen into an icicle on the stick. Cool! He named it the Epsicle.

He continued making Epsicles as he grew up, and eventually served them to his kids. But it was the name they called them - pop's 'sicle - that stuck.

Read more: How an 11-Year-Old Invented the Popsicle and Changed Summer Forever at Gizmodo

Related: Way Beyond Grape: 10 Fun & Fresh Popsicle Flavors

(Images: Liz Vidyarthi)

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