The actual origins of National Grape Popsicle Day are unknown but the popsicle itself was invented in 1905 by Frank Epperson. He was 11 years old at the time and accidentally left a mixture of powered soda, water and a stirring stick outside on his porch. The mixture froze over during the night. Frank shared the mixture with his schoolmates who all loved the frozen concoction. And the "Epsicle" was born!
When Epperson grew up and had his own kids, they constantly begged for "Pop's 'sicles." In 1923, he applied for a patent on the frozen treat and changed the name to "Popsicles."
Popsicles have since been a summertime treat and favorite for kids and adults alike! Here are some yummy recipes for a creamy berry popsicle, a quick and easy icy grape popsicle and a fun sangria popsicle for the big kids who still love the frozen treat!
Very Berry Ice Pops
Pour the berry juice in a saucepan and add the gelatin. Warm on the stove on low heat. Stir until the gelatin dissolves. Pour into a blender and add yogurt and berries. Blend for about 2 minutes. Pour the mixture into small 3 oz paper cups and cover the top of the cup with foil. Poke a wooden stick in the middle of each paper cup so the stick stays in place. Put the cups on a cookie sheet and freeze for a few hours. When you take the Popsicles* out of the freezer, peel the paper and foil away and enjoy your berry pops!
Mix all ingredients. Pour into Popsicle molds. Insert wooden or plastic Popsicle sticks. Freeze until firm.
Mix Combine the red wine, apples and oranges in a small bowl and let sit for at least 10 minutes. Combine the orange juice, lemon juice and sugar in a small saucepan over medium high heat. Stirring occasionally, heat just enough to dissolve the sugar. (Alternatively, heat in the microwave in 30 second bursts on a high setting). Allow to cool to room temperature.
Set a strainer over a 2-cup medium-sized bowl and strain the fruit from the wine. Divide the fruit evenly among molds. Add the cooled orange juice mixer to the wine. Pour the wine sangria mix over the fruit making sure to leave a quarter-inch of space at the top and gently stir to dislodge any air bubbles. Freeze for an hour, insert popsicle sticks, and then freeze until completely firm, (at least 8 hours). Run the molds under warm water to make it easier to dislodge the pops before serving.