Frank Epperson – The Popsicle
In 1905, eleven year old Frank Epperson mixed soda powder and water in a glass, stirred it with a stick, and left the concoction outside overnight. When he awoke, Epperson saw that Mother Nature had taken its course and the chilly San Francisco night had frozen the substance. This was done entirely by accident, and the sweet treat he was left with stuck in the boys head for years. In 1942, he served the cool treat at a Fireman’s Ball and then expanded the little business to Neptune Beach. After patenting it the “frozen confectionary,” he began mass production of the product in various flavors of fruit on the iconic wooden stick; thus the Popsicle as we know it, was born.