Pat Shingleton: "What A Treat!"
When Frank Epperson was 11 years old he took a wooden stir stick and placed it in a fruit flavored soda pop outside on his porch one cold, wintry New York evening. The drink froze to the stick and Frank enjoyed the treat the next day. Eighteen years later in 1923, Frank Epperson applied for a patent for his "frozen ice on a stick" which he called the "Epsicle Ice Pop." He used a scaled down tongue depressor made from Birch wood to hold the frozen delight. Frank's children encouraged him to change the name to "Popsicle." In 1925 he sold his idea to the Joe Lowe Company of New York and Good Humor Ice Cream now holds the rights to the Popsicle. During the Great Depression folks needed a better deal and two Popsicles were joined together, called Twin Popsicles. Popsicle sticks have been used for a variety of arts and crafts projects.