As the temperatures begin to rise, there’s nothing quite like a cold and refreshing popsicle to cool you down. One classic popsicle that’s been enjoyed for decades is the Big Stick Popsicle. With its bold colors and fruity flavors, it’s a treat that’s loved by both kids and adults alike. In this article, we’ll explore the history of the Big Stick Popsicle, some of its popular flavors, and even how to make your own at home.
History of the Big Stick Popsicle
The Big Stick Popsicle was first introduced in the United States in the 1950s by the Popsicle company. Its name and design were inspired by the famous quote from former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, “speak softly and carry a big stick.” The popsicle was designed to be big, bold, and full of flavor, just like the idea of carrying a big stick. The original Big Stick Popsicle was made with a combination of orange, lime, and grape flavors, which are still popular today.
Over the years, the Big Stick Popsicle has remained a classic summer treat. Its popularity has even spread to other countries, including Canada, where it’s known as the “Pop-Sicle.”
While the original Big Stick Popsicle remains a favorite, there are now many different flavors to choose from. Some of the most popular flavors include:
- Orange – This classic flavor is still a favorite among popsicle lovers.
- Cherry – With its bright red color and sweet flavor, cherry is a popular choice.
- Grape – The grape flavor adds a bold and tangy taste to the popsicle.
- Tropical – A mix of fruity flavors like pineapple, mango, and passionfruit, this is a refreshing choice for a hot summer day.
- Watermelon – Watermelon is a classic summer fruit, and this popsicle captures its sweet and juicy flavor perfectly.
Making Big Stick Popsicles at Home
While it’s always fun to buy a box of Big Stick Popsicles at the store, making them at home can be a fun and easy DIY project. Here’s a simple recipe to try:
Ingredients for Big Stick Popsicles
- 4 cups of freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 2 cups of water
- Popsicle molds
- Popsicle sticks
- Combine orange juice, lemon juice, honey, and water in a large bowl. Stir until well mixed.
- Pour the mixture into popsicle molds, leaving a little bit of room at the top for the popsicle sticks.
- Place a popsicle stick in the center of each mold, pressing it gently into the mixture. Make sure the stick is standing up straight.
- Freeze the molds for at least 6 hours or until they are completely frozen.
- Once the popsicles are frozen, remove them from the molds. If the popsicles are difficult to remove, run the molds under warm water for a few seconds to loosen them up.
Serve and enjoy!
- Creamsicle – Mix 1/2 cup of heavy cream or coconut cream into the orange juice mixture before pouring it into the molds.
- Strawberry – Add 1 cup of pureed strawberries to the orange juice mixture for a fruity twist.
- Pina Colada – Add 1/2 cup of coconut milk and 1/2 cup of pineapple juice to the orange juice mixture for a tropical flavor.
- Mojito – Add 1/2 cup of freshly chopped mint leaves and 1/2 cup of lime juice to the orange juice mixture.
- Blueberry – Add 1 cup of pureed blueberries to the orange juice mixture for a burst of color and flavor.
Recipe: Cherry and Pineapple Popsicle
- 1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
- 1 cup fresh cherries, pitted
- 1/2 cup pineapple juice
- 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
- Puree the pineapple and cherries separately in a blender until smooth.
- Combine the pineapple puree, pineapple juice, and honey (if using) in a bowl and stir to combine.
- Pour a layer of the pineapple mixture into popsicle molds, filling each mold about 1/3 of the way full.
- Add a layer of cherry puree on top of the pineapple mixture, filling each mold about 2/3 of the way full.
- Add another layer of the pineapple mixture on top of the cherry layer to fill each mold.
- Insert popsicle sticks into the molds and freeze for at least 4 hours or until completely frozen.
- To remove the popsicles from the molds, run them under warm water for a few seconds to loosen them, then gently pull the sticks to release the popsicles.
- Serve immediately and enjoy your delicious cherry and pineapple popsicles!
Recipe: Strawberry Pineapple Popsicles
- 1 lb. Strawberries stem removed
- 2 cups of pineapple chunks
- 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Combine the strawberries, pineapple, lemon juice, and sugar in a food processor or blender.
- Pulse the mixture until the fruit is smooth and there are no longer any chunks.
- Place Popsicle molds or 12 (3oz) cups on top of a baking sheet that can fit into the freezer.
- Pour the mixture into the Popsicle molds or cups, and insert a Popsicle stick into the center.
- Carefully place the baking sheet into the freezer for at least 3-4 hours or until the mixture is frozen solid.
To eat, remove from the freezer and let sit on the counter for 1 minute, then gently pull on the stick to remove the Popsicle from the mold or cup. Enjoy!
- The recipe makes about 12 (3oz) popsicles.
- You can use any combination of berries and fruit that you like for different flavor varieties.
- If you don’t have Popsicle molds, you can use small paper cups with Popsicle sticks inserted in the middle.
The Big Stick Popsicle is a classic summer treat that has stood the test of time. It’s bold colors and fruity flavors make it a favorite among kids and adults alike. Whether you buy them at the store or make them at home, they’re sure to cool you down on a hot summer day!