Did you know eating icy treats on a hot day dates as far back as the ancient Romans? Blocks of ice would be carried down the mountain, crushed into small chunks and flavored with fruit and syrup. This practice was also common throughout ancient China, Persia, and India.
The invention of the popsicle can be attributed to an 11 year old boy from California in 1905. While attempting to make soda-pop, he left the mixture with the mixing stick outside overnight. In the morning he had a frozen soda pop treat on a stick. The next summer his family sold the treat around the neighborhood. It caught on and has become a national summertime favorite.
There are many varieties of popsicles available today, but my favorite cold treat on a hot day is a Pace Bar.
(Pictured is a Strawberry Real Fruit Bar)
Pace Bar is a family run business that began selling their popsicles in 1964. Ice cream trucks based out of Bountiful, Utah would sell “Astro Bars” (the original name) to neighborhoods alongside other ice cream treats. Eventually the bars became so popular people would come to the store to purchase them, and the trucks no longer ran. The original Astro Bars could only keep in the freezer for about 3 days before getting freezer burn. Ralph Lee Pace concocted a formula to correct the problem, and the Pace Bar was born.
Pick up a bag of Pace Bars from your local grocery store. They are available at Associated Food Stores, Wal-Marts throughout Utah, and Smith’s Grocery Stores. They come in a variety of flavors including: peach, lime, cherry, grape, banana, blue raspberry, tiger's blood, and more! Also, real fruit bars such as strawberry and lemon pineapple.