Pat Shingleton: "Stick to It!"
Our recent recent survey noting ways to keep and stay cool during the summertime heat included the consumption of snowballs. When we were kids, Mom asked that we save our popsicle sticks for two reasons. One was arts and crafts whereby we would glue them together to create something? The other use was for Mom's own pop-sticks. She would place Remer's Blend or Kool-Aid into ice-trays with a stick. These cool treats weren't that good. When Frank Epperson was 11, he took a wooden stir stick, placed it in soda pop and placed it outside one wintry New York evening. Frank enjoyed the frozen treat the next day. In 1923, Frank used a Birch tongue depressor to hold the frozen delight and applied for a patent for his "frozen ice on a stick;" calling it the "Epsicle Ice Pop." Frank's children encouraged him to change the name to "Popsicle" and later sold his idea to the Joe Lowe Company. Good Humor Ice Cream now holds the rights and during the Great Depression two Popsicles were joined together and named “Twin Popsicles.” As noted, popsicle sticks have been used for a variety of arts and crafts projects.