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Sweet Summer Treats  by Deborah Tirico
ice cream cone
We played outside until the streetlights came on … it was summer in a city neighborhood where we played spud and dreaded losing … and having to pass through the spanking machine … a lineup of the neighborhood kids with their stance wide enough for one to pass under on one’s knees as fast as possible, while each kid took a shot at spanking your hind end as much as possible. Ow!  

Cream Suckers". Who knew this treat was around when my grandmother was a kid?
The Popsicle® brand is an American Classic, with more than 30 creative variations of the original Popsicle® product. Believe it or not, the discovery of the popsicle started with an accident!

In 1905, 11-year-old Frank Epperson left a mixture of powdered soda, water, and a stirring stick in a cup on his porch. It was a cold night, and Epperson awoke the next morning to find a frozen pop. He called it the "Epsicle." It was a hit with his friends at school, and later with his own kids. They constantly called for "Pop's 'sicle." So in 1923, Epperson changed the name and applied for a patent. A couple of years later, Epperson sold the rights to the brand name Popsicle® to the Joe Lowe Company in New York. The rest is history!

Going to the ice cream parlor and having a sundae is a great American pastime. When we were growing up, it was a family tradition to go for sundaes whenever we attended school performances.  After the performance we would go to AC Petersons Dairy and have ourselves a great time deciding on ice cream flavors, toppings and jimmies … then enjoying our personalized creation of sweet cold calories.
toasted almond
The best sound on a summer night was the Good Humor truck ringing away to announce it was time for a novelty treat of ice cream on a stick. We flew to the truck (or home to beg money from our parents) and lined up with excitement at the ice cream truck.  I used to absolutely love the Toasted Almond.

Interestingly enough,  the invention of ice cream novelties including Good Humor, Popsicle and Mister Softee began right here in the United States.  

In 1919, Christian Nelson, an Iowa store owner, discovered how to coat an ice cream bar with chocolate, inventing the Eskimo Pie. When he heard of the discovery, Harry Burt, owner of a Youngstown, Ohio ice cream parlor, replicated Nelson's product. The story is that Burt's 23-year old daughter, Ruth thought that the new novelty was too messy. Burt's son, Harry Jr.  suggested using a wooden stick as a convenient handle. They tried out the idea in the store's hardening room where they discovered that the stick formed a strong bond when the ice cream cystallized. Burt outfitted twelve street vending trucks in Youngstown with rudimentary freezers and bells to sell his "Good Humor Ice
Good Humor
ice pops
Today Unilever owns the four most popular brands of novelty ice cream including Good humor, Popsicle, Klondike and Breyers.
Good Humor Truck
The U.S. ice cream industry generates more than $21 billion in annual sales and provides jobs for thousands of citizens. About 9% of all the milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is used to produce ice cream, contributing significantly to the economic well-being of the nation's dairy industry.
A partial list of international ice cream venues

Amy's Ice Creams
Ben & Jerry's (includes all other
Unilever brand ice cream)
Bruster's Ice Cream
Brigham's Ice Cream
Cadwalader's Ice Cream
Cold Stone Creamery
Coney Island
Dairy Queen
Dipper Dan
Dippin' Dots
East Coast Custard
Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain
Fecci's Ice Cream Parlor
Fosters Freeze
G&D's Ice Cream Cafe
GCMMF (Amul)
Gilles Frozen Custard
Graeter's Ice Cream
Happy Joe's
Herrell's Ice Cream
High's Dairy Store
Honey Hut
Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlour & Restaurant
Joe Delucci's
Laura Secord Chocolates
La Vaqueria Costa Rica
LeDuc's Frozen Custard
Lula's Sweet Apothecary
Maggie Moo's
Marble Slab
Margie's Candies
Maypole Ice Cream
New Zealand Natural
Oberweis Dairy
Piccomolo Ice Cream
Sarris Candies
Shake's Frozen Custard
Steve's Ice Cream
Swensen's Ice Cream
Twistee Treat
Wells Blue Bunny
Yogen Früz
Walls Icecream