In the hot summer months, popsicles are a perfect way to cool down while enjoying a delicious, fruity treat. Frozen, refreshing, mouth-friendly candy on a stick cannot get any better… or can it?Marcus Samuelsson
Blueberry popsicles may very well be considered the underdog of flavors in the line of popsicle flavors! However, all things deserve love and that’s why there’s a holiday dedicated to everything that is to be loved about the blueberry popsicle.
With its blue color and subtle berry flavor, it is certain to be a flavor that all blueberry lovers can appreciate. For those who might be wondering how this cold but fruity treat came into existence, then get ready to read more and learn about its history. Plus, read further to reveal how it’s possible to make your very own delicious blueberry popsicles right at home.
It’s time to celebrate National Blueberry Popsicle Day!
History of National Blueberry Popsicle Day
Most people aren’t aware of the fact that popsicles actually began as an accident. In 1905, when an eleven-year-old boy named Henry Epperson stirred up a cup of powdered soda water and left it out overnight (with the stirring stick still in it) a beautiful thing happened. Because it was chilly that night, the tasty concoction froze and became what the world knows today to be the popsicle. Or, for those in Britain, the ‘ice lolly’.
From the time he discovered this delicious treat, Epperson debuted his invention in 1923, calling them “Episcles”. While the name didn’t catch on, he later partnered up with the Joe Lowe company in New York, USA, and started distributing them all over the country.
After this, popsicles became a popular summer dessert to keep people cool in the heat. Once Unilever bought the company–and the popsicle creation–in 1989, popsicles have multiple varieties and flavors attached, with red cherry being the most popular.
Technically, POPSICLES® is a brand name that is a registered trademark by Good Humor, a subsidiary of Unilever. But many people around the world call any flavored ice treats on a stick a popsicle, even if it’s not the actual brand name.
Blueberry popsicles are just one of the myriad of flavors that popsicles come in, delighting tongues all over the planet. However, many of the popsicles that are colored blue and are “berry” flavored, are actually more like a blue raspberry.
Real and actual blueberry flavored popsicles are a bit less mainstream but still highly delicious. They will likely be of a darker color and a stronger flavor. Although the flavor itself is considered to be an underdog to flavors such as cherry, blueberry is still a flavor that can be appreciated by people everywhere. This holiday commemorates the creation of the popsicle as well as the underappreciated flavor of blueberry in the line of popsicle flavors.
How to Celebrate National Blueberry Popsicle Day
Join in on celebrating National Blueberry Popsicle Day with these fun ideas:
Make Blueberry Popsicles at Home
The best kind of blueberry popsicles are, of course, ones that are made from fresh, healthy ingredients! One easy option is to freeze freshly squeezed blueberry juice in a popsicle mold with sticks. Another option is a level-up on this, using real, fresh blueberries that make the popsicle into a sort of a solid slushie!
Blueberry Popsicle Recipe:
This super easy recipe makes about ten, 2.5 ounce delicious, fruity and healthy popsicles to cool off all summer long. All it takes is five cups of blueberries (fresh or frozen), one half-cup of water, one half-cup of sugar and one tablespoon of lemon juice. Puree it all together in a blender and then strain it through a fine sieve. This should yield about three cups.
Divide among popsicle molds and freeze for at least three hours. They’ll stay good for up to a week in the freezer–but good luck getting them to last that long!
Throw a Blueberry Popsicle Party
Grab some friends and neighbors for a fun celebration of this day! Hang out in the backyard and, of course, it is required to eat blueberry popsicles. Serve other foods made with blueberries, too, such as a Blueberry-Blue Velvet Cake, blueberry muffins or cupcakes, blueberry pie, blueberry Jell-O, or fruit kebabs featuring blueberries.
It’s fun to decorate with purple and blue balloons and streamers, or fresh blue hydrangeas. For drinks, serve blueberry lemonade garnished with frozen blueberries instead of ice cubes!
Read a Blueberry Themed Book (or Watch the Film!)
Today would be the perfect day to get started on the book, The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe, by Mary Simses. Or, for those who are hosting a party and want an activity, try watching the film, The Irresistible Blueberry Farm, which was based on the book.
Starring Alison Sweeney, Marc Blucas and Shirley Jones, this romantic film from 2016 was released by the Hallmark Channel. The story revolves around a woman who receives a letter from her deceased grandmother. This letter leads her on a journey to Maine where she explores her grandmother’s life as well as her own.