Ever since Alexander the great would require a continual supply of fresh snow and enjoy it mixed with honey and fruit juice during his expeditions in India at the foot of the Himalayas the world has been enjoying popsicle like treats.
People have had the idea of sweet icy deserts to cool off with for centuries. In the modern era the idea of what is commonly known as a popsicle came about with its invention in 1905 by an 11-year-old boy named Frank Epperson. The invention was an accident that came about after Frank left a stick in his drink and left it outside his house all night where it froze solid.
Since then, people have taken the popsicle idea to many extremes. In Russia there are ice-pop sculptures made to look like famous people with special flavors to go along with them. Blueberry & Licorice for Darth Vader, Mate & Rum for Che Guevara and Strawberry & Cream for Marilyn Monroe just to name a few.
World famous chefs have also been known to create specialty popsicles. in the coastal town of Rimini, Italian chef Gian Paolo Raschi features a Lemon & Basil version, and Giuliano Baldessari astounds his diners with Popsicles in flavors like beer, white chocolate, chestnut and coffee.
At the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas you can get a popsicle that is made from tequila, cucumber, coconut, and chili powder. They also feature a gourmet popsicle store called Las Paletas that offers popsicles with interesting flavors. At the rooftop restaurant Metropole of Cincinnati’s Century Museum Hotel, you can enjoy flavored ice to melt into your glass of bourbon.
There are even popsicles for those who seek out the reassurance that their Popsicles are “vegan, gluten free, made with no preservatives, no additives, environmentally friendly and always delicious”, at Suckit Sweets and Treats in Los Angeles.
Popsicles are enjoyed by people around the world and there will always be new fun ways of making them.