Ice pop

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Ice pop
A green ice pop
Alternative names Popsicle, freezer pop, ice pop, ice lolly, lolly ice, ice lollipop, ice block, icy pole, chihiro, ice pole, freeze ice
Type Frozen dessert
Place of origin United States
Region or state California
Created by Frank Epperson
Main ingredients Water, flavoring (such as fruit juices)
Food energy
(per serving)
200 kcal (837 kJ)
Cookbook: Ice pop  Media: Ice pop

An ice pop is a water-based frozen snack. It is also referred to as a popsicle[1][2] (Canada, U.S., New Zealand), freezer pop (U.S.), ice lolly or ice pop (United Kingdom, India, Ireland, South Africa), ice block (New Zealand, parts of Australia), icy pole (parts of Australia), ice drop (Philippines), or chihiro (Cayman Islands) [3] It is made by freezing flavored liquid (such as fruit juice) around a stick, generally resembling a tongue depressor. Often, the juice is coloured artificially.[4] Once the liquid freezes solid, the stick can be used as a handle to hold the ice pop. When an ice pop does not have a stick, it is called, among other names, a freezie.


Frank Epperson of Oakland or San Francisco, California, (it is debated where) popularized ice pops after patenting the concept of "frozen ice on a stick" in 1923.[5][6] He initially called it the Epsicle.[7] A couple of years later, Epperson sold the rights to the invention and the Popsicle brand to the Joe Lowe Company in New York City.[5]

Epperson claimed to have first created an ice pop in 1905 at the age of 11 when he accidentally left a glass of powdered soda and water with a mixing stick in it on his porch during a cold night, a story still printed on the back of Popsicle treat boxes.


Popsicle Stick Castle made with 296,000 popsicle sticks

In the United States and Canada frozen ice on a stick is generically referred to as a popsicle due to the early popularity of the Popsicle brand, and the word has become a genericized trademark to mean any ice pop or freezer pop, regardless of brand or format.[8][2][9] (The word is a portmanteau of pop and icicle; the word is genericized to such an extent that there are decades-old derived slang meanings such as "popsicle stand".[10]) They are also called an ice pop or freezer pop in the United States. In the Caicos Islands it is referred to as an ice saver. In the United Kingdom and Ireland the terms ice lolly and ice pop are used, though ice pop is much more common in Ireland. Chihiro is used as a slang term in the Cayman Islands, partially derived from chill.[3] Different parts of Australia use either ice block or icy pole,[11] and New Zealand uses ice block.

Homemade ice pops

An alternative to the store-bought ice pops is making them at home using fruit juice, drinks, or any freezable beverage. A classic method involves using ice cube trays and toothpicks, although various ice pop freezer molds are also available.[12]

World record ice pop

On June 22, 2005, Snapple tried to beat the existing Guinness World Records entry of a 1997 Dutch 21-foot (6.4 m) ice pop by attempting to erect a 25-foot (7.6 m) ice pop in New York City. The 17.5 short tons (15.9 t) of frozen juice that had been brought from Edison, New Jersey in a freezer truck melted faster than expected, dashing hopes of a new record. Spectators fled to higher ground as firefighters hosed away the melted juice.[13]

See also

  • Freezie – a.k.a. ice pole – similar to an ice pop but without the stick
  • Ice cream bar - similar to an ice pop but made with ice cream
  • Ice cream
  • Paleta – a Mexican ice pop usually made from fresh fruit
  • Sorbet


  1. ^ "8 Common Words That Are Still Trademarked: Popsicle." at Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b Mark Abadi. "Taser, Xerox, Popsicle, and 31 more brands-turned-household names." Business Insider. 3 June 2018. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b Miller, Grace (2008). Cayman Culture. London: Penguin Books. p. 142. 
  4. ^ "". Retrieved 2011-10-06. 
  5. ^ a b Ben Marks (15 August 2012). "The cold, hard truth about popsicles". Collectors Weekly. 
  6. ^ "Trademark Status & Document Retrieval". Retrieved 2018-06-27. 
  7. ^ "The popsicle story". Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "8 Common Words That Are Still Trademarked: Popsicle." at Retrieved 10 August 2018. "It might be surprising, but Popsicle is trademarked..."
  9. ^ Martha Cooper and William L. Nothstine. Power Persuasion: Moving an Ancient Art Into the Media Age. Educational Video Group, 1992. ISBN 9780961648930 p. 159: "...what would we call those sweet icy treats on a stick if we did not have the name 'Popsicle'?"
  10. ^ Jonathon Green. Cassell's Dictionary of Slang. Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., 2005. ISBN 9780304366361 p. 1123.
  11. ^ "Ice block". Encarta Dictionary. MSN Encarta. Archived from the original on 2009-11-01. Retrieved 2008-12-30. 
  12. ^ Erin (2012-06-30). "DIY: Toothpick Popsicles with Fruit!". Retrieved 2018-06-29. 
  13. ^ Associated Press (2005-06-22). "Disaster on a stick: Snapple's attempt at popsicle world record turns into gooey fiasco". MSNBC. Retrieved 2007-06-29. 

Further reading

  • Andrew F. Smith, ed. (2007). "Popsicle". The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink. Oxford University Press. p. 471. 

External links

  • The University of Manchester - How do people refer to the frozen treat pictured here?
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