Fun Facts About the Popsicle!

The first popsicle was accidentally invented by 11-year-old Frank Epperson in 1905. After leaving his soda outside during a cold night with a stirring stick in it, he woke to find the soda frozen to the stick. Frank patented the idea 18 years later when his children began calling it “Pop’s ‘sicle”.

The first ice cream man sold Popsicles to children in Nebraska from a horse-drawn carriage.

Popsicle sticks are made of Birch wood, which gives them the light color.

The Fudgesicle was introduced in 1928.

The most popular flavor is CHERRY!

The two-stick Popsicle was invented during the Great Depression so that two children could share for just one nickel.

August 14th is National Creamsicle Day.

2,000,000,000 Popsicles are sold annually.

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Recipe: No Bake Strawberry Pie Bites

Ingredients:
1.5 lbs fresh strawberries (diced)
Juice of half a lemon
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
3 tbsp cornstarch
Pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 or 2 boxes mini phyllo shells
Whipped cream

Preparation:
1. In a medium sized saucepan add the diced strawberries, reserving 1 cup.
2. Mash the berries with a potato masher until desired consistency is reached.
3. Add the lemon juice, water, sugar, cornstarch, and salt.
4. Stir the mixture together until the cornstarch is completely incorporated.
5. Turn the stove to medium heat, cooking and stirring the berry mixture until it thickens, about 8 minutes.
6. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the extracts.
7. Cool the mixture completely, then cover and refrigerate until cold.
8. Once the mixture is cold, stir in the remaining cup of diced strawberries.
9. Just before serving, fill each mini phyllo shell with a spoonful of the strawberry mixture and top with whipped cream.

No Bake Strawberry Pie Bites