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Great Kids: Frank Epperson, Inventor of the Popsicle

 

Today's Snack: What do you think? A popsicle, of course! Those made with frozen fruit juice have more fiber and are better for you than the sugar-water kind. But they're all good!

 

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In 1905 the popsicle was invented by an eleven year old boy named Frank Epperson.  Frank mixed up a soda drink with a stirring stick but left it on the back porch by accident.  It was cold that night and the drink froze to the stick .The next morning Frank found that his drink had frozen and that it tasted really good.  It took Epperson 18 more years in 1923 to apply for a patent for "frozen ice on a stick" called the Epsicle Ice Pop, which his children re-named the Popsicle. 
 .Orange is the most popular flavor of Popsicles, what's yours?
 .Twin Popsicles (two popsicles stuck together) were invented during the Great Depression
 .Popsicle sticks were first made from Birch wood.
 
Learn more about things invented by kids by reading the book "The Kid who Invented the Popsicle":And other Surprising Stories about Inventions by Don L. Wulffson

 

By Susan Darst Williams www.AfterSchoolTreats.com Inventions 02 2008

 

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