National Blueberry Popsicle Month
When two iconic foods come together to make something new, it can create something that’s either fantastic or disappointing. Fortunately, we have come upon a dessert that falls in the former category rather than the latter. Blueberries have been enjoyed by humans for over 100,000 years, and Popsicles have been around for just a little bit over 117 years.
Yet it was only recently that someone decided to combine the two and make Blueberry Popsicles — arguably one of the best Popsicles in the world. And it’s been only a couple of years since someone decided to honor this fantastic dessert with its own month. September is observed as National Popsicle Month.
The History of National Blueberry Popsicle Month
Currently, we have been unable to uncover the origins of National Blueberry Popsicle Month. However, we don’t think that it’s been around for very long. That’s because blueberry Popsicles haven’t been around for that long. We’ll continue to try to research the origins of this month, but we do think it’s only a few years old.
Facts About Blueberries & Popsicles
Okay, we tried to find some facts that were specifically about blueberry Popsicles, but we weren’t able to find any, so we had to do the next best thing. We had to find some facts about blueberries and then some separate facts about Popsicles. We then took all of these factoids and placed them below for everyone’s entertainment.
- The two types of blueberries available are lowbush and highbush varieties.
- Highbush blueberries are usually found at the local grocery store and farmers’ markets.
- Blueberries will freeze in under 5 minutes.
- Blueberries contain anthocyanin, which gives them their blue color and is also a powerful antioxidant.
- One cup of blueberries can provide a person with approximately one-fourth of their daily Vitamin C.
- Frank Epperson invented Popsicles at the age of 11 years old in 1905.
- Frank Epperson kept it a secret for 18 years until he could manufacture and market it.
- May 27 is National Grape Popsicle Day.
- The first Popsicle flavors were cherry, lemon, root beer, orange, grape, banana, and watermelon.
- Currently, there are over 25 flavors of Popsicles.
- Cherry continues to be the most popular Popsicle flavor.
Observing National Blueberry Popsicle Month
Hmm, let’s see, how should we observe National Blueberry Popsicle Month? Well, with a blueberry Popsicle, of course! If a person can’t find a blueberry Popsicle, then they should take the time to make their own. And once they’ve created a recipe that they find enjoyable, they should take the time to use the hashtag #BlueberryPopsicleMonth to let us all know about it.