You hear that familiar tune playing throughout the neighborhood. Suddenly, you find yourself dropping everything you’re doing, grabbing whatever money you can find and darting out the door to chase down the ice cream truck.

And many of those frozen treats we’ve loved over the years really haven’t changed much! Take a look at how some of your favorite frozen treats came to be:

The Popsicle
In 1905, 11-year-old Frank Epperson accidentally left his glass of fruit-flavored soda (with the stirring stick still in it) on his porch overnight. The next morning, Frank discovered his concoction and named it the “Epsicle.” Eighteen years later, Epperson applied for a patent for the “Popsicle.” It was the same “frozen ice on a stick” treat, only his children had renamed it.

The Ice Cream Sandwich
Unfortunately, no one knows the name of the inventor of this all-time favorite, but the credit is given to a New York City pushcart peddler in 1899. The original sandwich was a spread of ice cream between two thin graham wafers. This was revolutionary at the turn of the century—it provided a hand-held option for ice cream, and the wafers conducted the heat of the eater’s hands to the ice cream!

The Snow Cone
The snow cone’s history goes back further than you think. It is believed that the first snow cones were invented during the Roman Empire when snow was hauled from the mountaintops to the city. Syrup was added and the first frozen dessert was born!

The first recorded snow cones were produced in 1919 by Samuel Bert of Dallas, Texas. One year later, he created the first ice-crushing snow cone machine! But it wasn’t until 1934 that Ernest Hansen of New Orleans patented the first motorized ice block shaver. His wife created several syrup flavors to accompany his fine shaved snow. And snow cones have been popular throughout the country (and around the world) ever since!

The Drumstick
Ice cream cones had been around for a while, but in 1928, I.C. Parker, a manager at a Ft. Worth, Texas candy company, came up with the idea of coating the ice cream cone with chocolate and peanuts! His wife thought it looked like a fried chicken leg, and the Drumstick name was born.

There’s no doubt about it—these are cool, classic desserts that will remain favorites for years to come!

The ice cream man doesn’t frequent your neighborhood? That’s okay! Your local Sparkle Market has all of your favorite frozen treats!

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