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The first frozen
fruit confections on a stick (called the "Hokey Pokey") were sold as early as
1872. But it wasn't until 1923 that they became well known. That year a man
named Frank Epperson applied for a patent on the first frozen fruit on a stick,
called the "Epsicle". As with many inventions, the 'Epsicle' came about by
The story goes that Frank Epperson had made a
glass of lemonade and, by chance, left the glass,
with a spoon in it, on his windowsill overnight. It was a cold night, and next morning he
discovered that the lemonade was frozen. To remove the
frozen lemonade from the glass, he held on to the spoon and ran the glass
under hot water. Looking at the frozen block of lemonade he decided he had
invented something new. So he
got a patent on his "Epsicle" which he eventually sold to the Joe Lowe
Corporation who renamed the frozen fruit on a
stick the "Popsicle".
Making your own frozen fruit
pops is quite easy as it only involves adding a sugar syrup and some fruit juice to a
fruit puree (sauce)
and then pouring this mixture into molds. Once the pops are frozen you
will find they have an intense fruit flavor that rivals anything you can buy.
You can use this recipe as a springboard for making various flavors of frozen fruit pops.
For example, instead of strawberry (used in this recipe) you can make other purees from
raspberries, blueberries and/or blackberries, to name a few. Once the sugar syrup has been added to
(and before adding the fruit juice) you could use this mixture not only for these
pops, but also as a sauce to pour over ice cream or
to add to sparkling water or
wine. Use whatever fruit
juice your family enjoys, whether that is apple juice, orange juice, pomegranante, lemonade or even limeade.
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