By now, many of you are probably familiar with the story of the origin of the “Popsicle”. Little boy leaves his soda outside, over night, with a stirring stick inside – BAM. Frozen deliciousness. Legend was born, fortune was made.
Many of you might also be familiar with how this treat came to be named the popsicle. Frank Epperson, the creator, sold them as Eppsicles. He claims that some children called him “pop” and he changed the name to pop’s sicles. Later combined into the popsicle name we’re all familiar with.
What many of you might not know, is that there may be more to the story. Investigators are uncovering some interesting facts about the events leading up to the naming of this particular frozen treats.
Futuresobright, a reddit investigator, has proposed some very interesting ideas, and actually seems to have some legitimate evidence. He (and several other researchers) believe that the “pop” part of the name was not added because children referred to Frank as pop. Pop, instead, referred to another treat on a stick. The lollipop. The name Eppsicle wasn’t really taking off, and the kids he sold to were already calling them popsicles long before he claimed to be called “pop”.
In the end, either version could be true. Ultimately, it doesn’t really matter, like all things on reddit.