3 fun facts about creamsicles that will leave you craving a summer treat

Yes, there is a difference between a creamsicle and a dreamsicle.

When is the last time you enjoyed this frozen delicacy?


Creamsicles are a unique and satisfying treat that make a hot summer day a little bit better. The flavors of the classic creamsicle have been used in everything — cakes, candy, and even cocktails love the tang of citrusy orange paried with mellow, creamy vanilla.

Here are a few fun facts to make your next creamsicle even tastier! 

1. Popsicles were invented by and 11-year-old boy.

Young lemonade salesman Frank Epperson had no idea that leaving his fruit juice out in the cold overnight would lead to a revolutionary treat. When he found his drink frozen the next morning, he was compelled to give it a taste and… BAM! The idea for the popsicle was created. At first, he shared his new creation with his classmates. He didn't start publicly selling his popsicles until 1923 at an amusement park in Neptune, California. 

2. Dreamsicle vs. Creamsicle: Which is correct?

These terms have been used interchangeably since the start of the creamsicle. It turns out there is a difference! Both have a juice pop/solid sherbert exterior, and both started out as brand names, but a creamsicle technically has an ice-cream center. A dreamsicle has an ice-milk center. 

3. There was more than one creamsicle flavor.

The most popular combination for a creamsicle is the classic orange sherbert or ice pop exterior surrounding a vanilla-ice-cream center. For a long time, more flavors were available for purchase! Flavors such as blue raspberry, lime, grape, cherry, and blueberry have all made an appearance on the market at some point or another. 

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JDnHuntsvilleAL 35 months ago
I remember back when I was still in St. Louis I took my then girl friend to get some Hawaiian Ice. I ordered a mix of vanilla and orange. She questioned my choice. "It should taste a lot like a Creamsicle." I said.

Her reply? "What's that?"
idkwut2use 53 months ago
Love all the flavors, but my next question is...what's the difference between ice cream and "ice-milk?!?"
JDnHuntsvilleAL idkwut2use 35 months ago
Ice cream is made with CREAM. Ice milk is made with MILK.

Do I have to explain the difference between cream and milk?
idkwut2use JDnHuntsvilleAL 35 months ago
Never heard of “ice milk” before. Other than the freezing gallons at the back of the fridge (they’re goooood like that…) And uh…I’m actually not really sure what else is in cream that makes it creamy, but obviously it’s thicker than milk.
Tim idkwut2use 34 months ago
I'd love to know what a "frozen dairy dessert" is as well. I see that plastered all over what used to be called ice cream.
Kiyone57 idkwut2use 34 months ago
To everyone who's asking the difference between the different terms, in short "ice cream" must have a minimum amount of milkfat per the USDA. There are other qualifiers for the different "terms" (some are just marketing).
EmBee 56 months ago
We always called them 50/50 bars.
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