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It’s summer – the weather is hot and sticky, the sun is shining, and if there’s any excuse to cool down you’ve got to grab it with both hands! So why not treat yourself to an ice lolly or ice pop?

Today, choosing what ice lolly to chomp on shouldn’t be too hard – because the last Thursday of June is National Bomb Pop Day!

Super colorful, super cool and super tasty, this playground favorite gets its own day of observance every year for no reason other than it’s a frosty treat that so many people enjoy. So if you’re a converted fan, join in – and if not, today is the day for your first Bomb Pop!

History of National Bomb Pop Day

The humble Bomb Pop is easy to spot, thanks to its colorful design. Three stripes of bright colors that are reminiscent of summer, and available in a wide variety of tastes. The most recognizable is probably the original red, white and blue design – but plenty more are available.

The Bomb Pop was first made in Kansas City, in Missouri back in 1955 on July 30th. The creators were James S. Merritt and D.S. Abernethy, owners of Meritt Foods.

The popularity of the ice pop has only grown since then, with a range of flavors appearing and plenty of different corporate creations coming from partnerships between the producers – now Wells’ Diary – and big companies like Disney.

The Bomb Pop turned 50 years old in 2005! In honor of the 50th anniversary, this would become the very first National Bomb Pop day. And here we are celebrating it in its chilly and refreshing glory years later!

How to celebrate National Bomb Pop Day

If you’ve got a bit of a sweat on in this hot weather, why not seek out a Bomb Pop and get cooled down?

Especially popular in the United States, most grocery stores will stock the Bomb Pop or at least some kind of variant. And there’s not much else you need on a hot, sticky summer’s day than a lovely cooling ice lolly, so today it may as well be this particular kind of chilly treat!

If you’re feeling a bit creative, you could try your hand at making your very own Bomb Pops at home with your ice lolly maker. Make sure you share your creations on social media with the hashtag #bombpopday so everyone can have a bite of the fun!

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