Oakland, Calif.-- Oakland is home to the Popsicle invention. The frozen ice dessert on a wooden stick has been a favorite snack since 1905, in fact.
The Popsicle was invented in Oakland in 1905 by Frank Epperson. It was invented by an 11-year-old boy who left his fruit flavored soda outside on the porch with a stir stick in it. The drink froze to the stick and tasted good. He originally named it Epsicle. 18 years later at the age of 29, Epperson applied for a patent in 1923 for a "frozen ice on a stick" called the Epsicle ice pop. His kids called it a Popsicle and the name stuck. In 1925, Frank Epperson sold his famous Popsicle to the Joe Lowe Company of New York. Good Humor now owns the rights to the Popsicle. Popsicle sticks were first made from Birch wood.