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  • In a Moment of Vision...

  • It's 1905, Northern California.

  • Frank Epperson is eleven years old.

  • He's sitting on his front porch making a sort of DIY drink that's very popular at this time.

  • He has just poured a sugary soda powder into a glass of water and is mixing enthusiastically with a wooden stir stick.

  • We don't know exactly how the next 24 hours play out, but we can imagine that something catches Frank's attention and he abandons his drink mid-stir.

  • After a cold Bay Area night, Frank rediscovers his mixed drink the next morning.

  • It's frozen solid.

  • But instead of throwing it out, Frank pulls the icy block of soda out of the glass by the embedded stir stick and, in a moment of vision, licks it.

  • Delighted by his invention, Frank begins making the frozen treat for friends,

  • and as he grows older, begins selling them as Eppsicles, a contraction of his last name and the word icicle.

  • It is rumored that later, Frank's own kids dubbed the icy delicacy, Pop's 'cicle.

  • Others claim the name is a combination of lollipop and icicle.

  • Regardless where the name comes from, the popsicle is here to stay.

  • Approximately 2 billion popsicles are sold each year.

In a Moment of Vision...

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