Yes. September is actually dedicated to the blueberry popsicle.
Though a surprise, this month represents the accidental creation of one of the nation’s favorite treats: the popsicle. Every time I encounter a popsicle, it brings up amazing memories and leads me back to times which were full of running around the playground with friends, sitting under the bright sun and dominating in water balloon fights—yes, I was a professional water balloon fighter. But, with each of these moments, there is usually always one thing I had with me: a popsicle. All those hot summer days as a child, a popsicle was always there to act as a great snack and a refresher.
In September, though, we don’t just acknowledge any popsicle, we dedicate this month to one who’s flavor and creation became popular through an accident. The creation of this tasty treat was a unique one and over a century later, we continue to enjoy the mistaken creation of a child.
Frank Epperson was only 11 when he became a legend in the frozen treats league.
In 1905 at his home in Oakland, California, Epperson had accidentally left a glass that contained powdered soda, water and a mixing stick on his porch on a cold night. The next morning, he discovered his glass and unlocked his first popsicle; specifically, a blueberry popsicle. Later in 1923, Epperson took this childhood discovery and officially invented the ice pop. He first referred to the creation as the “Epsicle”, but then later changed it to the name we all know and love: the “Popsicle”. All these years later, we still enjoy this mistaken creation.
So, how can we properly celebrate National Blueberry Popsicle Month?
Well, of course, we enjoy some blueberry popsicles! It’s only appropriate. Now, the great thing about popsicles is that they can not only be easily enjoyed, but easily homemade. In honor of Frank Epperson, let us look at a few tasty—and healthy—blueberry popsicle recipes to enjoy as summer comes to an end. This first recipe is not only tasty, but vegan friendly. These Vegan Blueberry Coconut Popsicles are also gluten free, dairy free and paleo-diet friendly.
- First, let’s get the ingredients:
- 1 can of full-fat coconut milk [13.66 ounces].
- 3 cups of fresh blueberries.
- 2 to 3 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
- Blender or food processor
- Popsicle mold
- Popsicle sticks
- Next, we’re going to put the coconut milk, blueberries and maple syrup into that blender or food processor. Blend all the ingredients until they become nice and smooth.
- After, take this mixture and begin pouring it into the popsicle mold. Now, be mindful to leave a little space at the top of the mold, because the popsicles will expand while in the freezer.
- Now, insert those popsicle sticks into each mold.
- Allow your popsicles to freeze for 6 to 8 hours.
- Finally, take the popsicles out, let them thaw a little so they’re easy to remove, then viola!
Now, I know that I am a huge fan of coconut milk, but, for those who rather have something still naturally sweet but minus the coconut, here’s an Easy Homemade Blueberry Popsicle Recipe:
- It is time to gather the ingredients:
- 4 cups of fresh blueberries.
- ¼ cup of sugar or honey—for those going for a natural sweet, honey is great!
- ¼ cup of water.
- 1 set of 4 count popsicle molds.
- Popsicle sticks.
- Blender or food processor.
- Patience—luckily, this recipe doesn’t take as long.
- Next, place the blueberries, sugar or honey, and water into a blender or food processor until all ingredients—again—are nice and smooth.
- Pour the mixture into the molds, making sure to leave some space for the expanding.
- Let these bad boys create and form for about 4 hours.
- Take out, thaw for a little—if you can wait—then enjoy!
There are so many different holidays and celebrations that come with each month, they tend to get difficult to keep up with. However, let us take our childhood memories and fun summers and celebrate them in the month dedicated to the creator. Let us say “thank you, Frank Epperson!” and toast with a blueberry popsicle!