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August 14th is National Creamsicle Day

August 15, 2008

OK, who Knew? And who invented the creamsicle?

I quote wikipedia.com:

“Frozen juice bars have existed since the 20th century, but the Popsicle was the first form of the product to be mass marketed.

Today it is estimated that three million Popsicles are sold annually. There are more than thirty different flavors.

  • 1905, 11 year old Frank Epperson left a mixture of powdered soda and water out on his porch, which contained a stir stick. That night, temperatures in San Francisco reached record low temperature. When he woke the next morning, he discovered that it had frozen to the stir stick, creating a fruit flavored ice treat, which he named the epsicle. He then waited 18 years before releasing it to the public.
  • 1922, the ice-lollipop was introduced to the public for the first time at an Alameda amusement park, Neptune Beach
  • 1924, Frank Epperson applied for a patent for “frozen confectionery” called the Epsicle ice pop, which he re-named the Popsicle, allegedly at the instigation of his children. It was originally available in seven flavors and marketed as a “frozen drink on a stick.”
  • 1925, Epperson sold the Popsicle to the Joe Lowe Company of New York. Good Humor, a subsidiary of Unilever, now owns the rights.
  • 1940s, Woody Gelman created Popsicle Pete as its mascot. He appeared in print and television advertisements, and activity books until 1995.
  • In June 2006, Popsicles with “Natural Flavors and Colors” were introduced, replacing the original versions. Company spokespeople cited customer requests for “an option without some colors and flavors to which some had allergies” as the reason for the change.”

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In attempting to grab a photo off the net, one of the first images that came up up a creamsicle is a ‘vintage’ advertising campaign photo so inappropriate, I gasped….so no photos for this post my peeps! – If you are curious do a google search on “images of creamsicles” and you will find the one I am referring to, in fact it will be the first image…. yikes!

Well, I learned a lot, but here are a few recipes to make with your creamsicle lover.

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Creamsicle Drink:

Fill a mixing cup with 1/2 way with ice.

1/2 oz. Vodka or Orange Vodka
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
1 oz. Orange Juice
1 oz. Cream

Shake all ingredients well and strain into a cocktail glass.

Use a scoop of vanilla ice cream instead of cream & ice, and you’ve got a Dreamsicle. Serve in a large stem or hurricane glass. Oh yeah! – Or do this up with double the amounts and add ice into your blender and make a frozen creamsicle drink. – Now where are those cute little umbrellas I keep for those special occasions go to?

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Creamsicle Pie:

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg (3 oz) sugar free orange jello
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 can (14 oz) fat free sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup reduced fat sour cream
  • 3 tbsp orange peel
  • 1 (8 oz) reduced fat cool whip
  • 1 graham cracker crust


Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water.
  2. Stir in milk, sour cream and orange peel.
  3. Fold in whipped topping.
  4. Spoon into crust.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Enjoy your Creamsicles People!

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