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Sweets

Apparently Popsicle is a Brand Name, Not What Ice Pops Are Actually Called

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It happens often enough in our corporate times, when a brand becomes so ubiquitous that its trademark is adopted as a product’s common name. We blow our noses on Kleenexes instead of facial tissues. We Xerox documents instead of photo-copying them. According to Wikipedia, some of these genericized trademarks have actually been around long enough that most people wouldn’t even recognize them as such (aspirin? elevator?!). Still, we’re not sure any amount of reddit-level self-awareness could have prepared us for this.

Popsicle. Popsicle is a brand name. The actual things are called ice pops.

First designed by accident in 1905, the name Popsicle is a portmanteau of soda pop and icicle — a nod to its origins as a bottle of soda left to freeze on a porch overnight by an 11-year-old Frank Epperson. Somewhere along the line, the pop was replaced with syrups and fruit juices and the treat’s alternate titles (ice pops, paletas, ice lollies), left to melt away into the annals of freezer section time.

Admittedly, maybe it doesn’t matter quite as much as we’re making it seem. The name Cronut is trademarked, which is why we have so many awfully named copycats like doissants or kravenuts, but whatever. They’re all motherfucking Cronuts. And this summer, whenever I’m in need of icy, fruit-flavored, mildly phallic refreshment, I will have myself popsicle dagnabit, regardless of whether it’s actually made by the Popsicle brand.

Eh, on second thought, maybe I’ll grab a Coke.

Picthx DDW

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Sweets

FUNSIES: Willy Wonka’s New Peel Popsicles Look Like Purple Candy Bananas

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Willy Wonka, maker of purple-packaged candies and chocolates that are sadly less demented than their movie counterparts, introduced a brand new “peel-able” popsicle today, perfect for beating the heat while also enjoying the miracle of opposable thumbs.

Available in two flavors, Vanilla Banana and Vanilla Grape, Wonka’s new Peel-A-Pops seem to feature a vanilla ice cream tube core encased in an AirHead-like shell, though it’s hard to tell from the press release. “Like two desserts in one,” the release reads, “Peel-a-Pop frozen treats are as fun to peel as they are to eat. Whether enjoyed peel-first or all at once, there’s no wrong way to enjoy the imaginative dessert.”

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There’s also gonna be a three day Peel-A-Pop pop-up in New York this weekend with free giveaways and Oompa Loompas, though, whether they’ll be the fun ’70s ones or the mildly creepy 2005 ones remains to be seen.

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Packaged Food

New Summertime Tic Tacs Taste Like Rocket Popsicles

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For most people, orange Tic Tacs are enough. They’re fun, they’re fruity. They’re low calorie candies that also happen to be good for your breath. But say everyone’s favorite pill-shaped mint company decided to come out with a new flavor that’s equally as, if not more, kidult-friendly than “orange”? Yeah, can’t say we’d be mad.

New for summer, Tic Tacs is launching a “Summer Ice Pop” flavor, featuring a mixture of red cherry, white lime, and blue berry capsules. Finally we can relive the joy of childhood ice cream trucks without looking like total pedobears. To be available at convenience and grocery stores for $1.29 a box, for a limited time.

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Products

Protect Your iPhone with a ‘Chocolate-Coated’ Popsicle Case

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Add this to the awesome-stuff-we-need-asap list that’s been building for quite some time (cue: Hello Kitty Fried Tofu stuffed with rice and bear cubs wrapped in donuts). This unique iPhone case features your choice of a  “soda” or “crunchy” popsicle on the back, with a tantalizing bite taken out of each. The soda variation comes in an icy blue, while the crunchy version comes decked out in a chocolate coating over vanilla ice cream.

However, try and remember that despite the icePhone’s striking resemblance to the real thing, it’s sadly inedible. The 5 and 5s icePhone cases are made in Japan and available online for 3,990 yen (US$40.48).

H/T + Picthx RocketNews24

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Sweets

Girl Scout Cookie Popsicles, Because This Sh*t Should Be Portable

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For whatever awful reason, it’s generally frowned upon to walk around eating straight from an ice cream carton, but chances are your local truck doesn’t tote your favorite Girl Scout Cookie flavor either. You could just get the weird Bugs Bunny gumball head again, but deep down, you know that nothing could ever quite satisfy your craving for cool frozen coconut and caramel quite like a bite of Dreyer’s Slow Churned Samoa Ice Cream.

Wellll, except maybe this.

Prettier and lighter than the original – these Samoa popsicles by Jamie of My Baking Addiction used coconut pudding, chopped Samoa cookies (or Caramel Delites, if you’re feeling particularly PC this morning), chocolate Magic Shell and toasted coconut to create pretty much the most necessary thing ever. Frozen Girl Scout Cookies in the summer = 1000% yes.

H/T Neatorama + PicThx My Baking Addiction

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Features

14 Ice Cream Truck Treats from Your Childhood Summers

The other day I was sifting through junk mail on my porch (I have a riveting life, I know), when I heard the faint jingle of an ice cream truck. The sound was coming from around the street corner, and I was overcome by the sudden urge to chase after it. Instead, I stared in awe as a familiar white truck covered in photos of frozen treats rolled by.

My first thought: Ice cream trucks. They still exist.

So, here’s to you, ladies and gents who still remember running after that ever elusive gold mine as a kid in the hot summer sun.

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Firecrackers were good but . . .

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If the ice cream truck was really legit, they’d have these bad boys too: Turbo Rockets

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PicThx World of Wynne, Chicago Now

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TMNT Popsicle. Just don’t make the rookie mistake of eating the gumball eyes first

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“What would you do for a Klondike Bar?” I think the correct question here is, “What wouldn’t you do?”

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Crunch Bar

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Snickers Ice Cream Bar. One is never, ever enough

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Flintstone Push-Up . . . because Fred and Wilma are OGs

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PicThx Flickr

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Whoever invented Choco Tacos needs a library, park, city, country, etc. named after them

 

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PicThx Gunaxin

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Chocolate Chip Cookie + Ice Cream = Amazeballs

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Strawberry Shortcake

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Creamsicle. Hint: These taste delicious when melted in a cold glass of hefeweizen

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PicThx Winoista

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Giant Neopolitan Ice Cream Sandwich

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PicThx Norms Ice Cream

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Nailed it

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Fudgsicles. A surefire classic

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PicThx The Metal Misfit

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Try having a bad day after eating one of these. We dare you

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PicThx AwesomeHQ

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Hit-Or-Miss

This Popsicle Coffin Puts the ‘Fun’ Back in ‘Funeral’

Comedian Nick Swardson has a funny bit where he says that funerals should be a good time since they’re technically your last party on earth, ever. Multimedia artist Olaf Breuning must agree with him since he designed these eccentric coffins and commissioned Ghanaian casket makers to create them (kooky corpse boxes are the norm in Ghana).

The caskets are shaped like a popsicle, a snowman and a chocolate bar, and are made even weirder with their anthropomorphic features. Crazed cartoon faces and enthusiastic thumbs ups (handles for the pallbearers?) seem to say,”Yeah dude, lower me into the ground! Let’s get this party started!”

Famous for his infantile sculptures, playful installations and laconic lyricism, Breuning’s art is absurdist and humorous, like the art equivalent of Arrested Development. Art with a perpetual punchline, you could say. And what’s a better punchline to the punchline of all punchlines — death — than spending eternity in a giant melting popsicle?

via Beautiful/Decay

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Products

Check Out These Sweet Star Wars LED Lightsaber Popsicle Makers, Broda

In a 2008 episode of How I Met Your Mother entitled “The Fight,” Jason Segel’s character makes the fine prediction that  “three to five years” from then, he would be cutting his Thanksgiving turkey with a lightsaber. If you, like me, are too antsy to wait another year though, these Star Wars LED Lightsaber Popsicle Makers from ThinkGeek get the whole experience of eating with Old Green pretty damn close.

Originally envisioned as an April Fool’s joke, this “Saber-lickin’ good!” ice pop mold pack features a set of four lightsaber hilts, two Lukes and two Vaders, each with an inserted LED that lets you light up the “blade” in red or green.  Just pour in your favorite liquid, pop on the hilt and in four hours throw away all self-consciousness and stage your very own epic light saber battle (sound effects, sadly, not included.)

A couple other caveats: because the LEDs are battery powered, the hilts are not machine-washable, and unless you plan on making popsicles out of plain sugar water, chances are the color of the LEDs will get lost anyway beneath the filter of whatever orange or purple or Yoda-colored juice you put in the mold.

But if you are just looking for some geektastic decoration or happen to actually like sugar water, have at it. The Star Wars Lightsaber Ice Pop Maker will be available around November, all four for $35 (or less than $10 each).

Oppa Gungan style.

[Via Gizmodo]