When 11-year-old Frank Epperson created the Epsicle in 1905, he could’ve never anticipated that his invention would spawn a holiday to commemorate it for years to come. But that’s what National Creamsicle Day does on August 14 every year, sort of.
Technically, his original creation involved a soda that froze to a stick overnight, leading him to start his own business and experiment with fruit-flavored variants as well. He later sold his company, called Popsicle, to Unilever, who expanded the concept to create the Creamsicle (ice cream pop covered in flavored ice) and Fudgsicle (chocolate-flavored pop).
Fun fact: the official term for what most would call a “popsicle” is actually “ice pop.” Popsicle, Creamsicle and Fudgsicle are all brandnames. This phenomenon of a brand being used as the general term for a product is commonly encountered with the likes of tissues (Kleenex), adhesive bandages (Band-Aid) and shapewear (Spanx).
Right now on the East End, you can nearly hear the sun sizzling, beating down on locals and tourists alike. You can smell the heat, or maybe that’s just the smell of sunscreen. Either way, you can beat the heat with Dan’s Best of the Best Ice Cream in the Hamptons and on the North Fork. Grab an ice pop, Creamsicle or ice cream cone and enjoy!
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Shock Ice Cream
99 Main Street, Westhampton Beach
73 East Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays
1742 Sag Harbor Turnpike, Sag Harbor
8 Wharf Street, Sag Harbor
9825 Main Road, Mattituck
1148 West Main Street, Riverhead
63 South Chill Street
Available at Greenport Farmers Market, 216 Front Street, Greenport
13175 Main Road, Mattituck
Dari-land Ice Cream
51 Main Road, Riverhead