National Blueberry Popsicle Day
If we’re allowed to speak honestly, we didn’t even realize that National Blueberry Popsicle Day was a holiday until very recently. In fact, we weren’t all that familiar with the blueberry popsicle. Sure, we reasoned that they must have existed, but we never gave them much thought.
And we believe that this holiday is probably just as surprising to a number of our readers as it was to us. With that being said, however, now that you know this holiday falls on September 2nd annually, how are you going to celebrate it? Well, we have some thoughts about that.
The History of the Popsicle
We first were going to do a history of National Blueberry Popsicle Day, but we were unable to uncover who invented the holiday. We then decided to do a history on when the flavor blueberry was added to the Popsicle line, but once again, that information wasn’t readily available.
That’s when we decided to do a general history of the Popsicle. The Popsicle was first invented by an 11-year-old boy named Frank Epperson in 1905. He invented it after leaving out a fruit-flavored drink with a stirring stick on his front porch overnight.
During the night, the temperature dipped below freezing, and he discovered that it had frozen solid on the stick. He started making them for all of his friends, but it wouldn’t be until 1923 that he would file a patent for his invention.
Up until he patented the treat, he had called it Eppsicles (using a combination of his last name and popsicles), but his children encouraged him to change it to Pop’s Sicles. Popsicles are extremely popular and only cost a nickel. They came in one of seven flavors, with cherry being the most popular one.
Facts About Blueberries & Popsicles
Ready for some trivia? If you aren’t, then we have a treat for you. We couldn’t find trivia that was specific to blueberry popsicles, so we decided to do a section that was dedicated to the trivia of both blueberries and popsicles. We hope all of you enjoy these factoids as much as we enjoyed finding them.
- People have been eating blueberries for over 13,000 years.
- A single blueberry bush can produce approximately 6,000 blueberries per year.
- A 1/2-cup of blueberries contains 2 grams of dietary fiber and supplies 10% of a person’s recommended dose of Vitamin C.
- The most popular popsicle flavor is cherry. Sorry, blueberry popsicles.
- More than 2 billion popsicles are sold each year.
- The Fudgsicle was introduced in 1946.
Observing National Blueberry Popsicle Day
If you want to celebrate National Blueberry Popsicle Day, then you can make your own blueberry popsicles or purchase a blueberry popsicle from your local grocery store. Just be advised that finding a blueberry popsicle might be difficult in some areas, so you might end up having to buy a blue raspberry one instead.