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Chocolatey [Jul. 29th, 2010|11:16 pm]
Fudgesicles. I haven't had Fudgesicles in years. They were on sale and I couldn't resist the opportunity to regress to childhood for such a low price. Alas that I have no slides or swings. There are trees to climb, of course, but my joints failed to regress with my mind and I'd be foolish to try climbing one. Nor is the Portia, though an excellent feline companion, a substitute for Sparky, the dog of my childhood, who has been dead now for over half a century. Not to mention that all my friends of that time are gone or have been scattered to the winds.

But to dwell on these changes would be an invitation to melancholy, which is not a good accompaniment to Fudgesicles. I think I'll just un-regress and lick one while watching cable. Oh, wait. I said un-regress, didn't I. Fine. I'll read a book. There'll still be the Fudgesicles.

[User Picture]From: changeling72
2010-07-30 10:14 am (UTC)
What's a fudgesicle?
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2010-07-30 09:49 pm (UTC)
Fudgesicle is the brand name for a chocolate-flavored frozen confection on a stick, made by the Popsicle company. The Internet tells me that the British equivalent of a Popsicle is called an ice lolly. The Popsicle company refers generically to its own products and to competing brands as ice pops, but in many parts of the U.S. the brand name Popsicle has long since become the public's standard generic term for all frozen, non-diary confections on sticks— except, interestingly enough, for the Fudgesicle.

The portmanteau brand name Popsicle comes from what is probably another Americanism (though it's not nationwide), "pop" for a sweet, non-alcoholic drink, and the word icicle. I'm not sure when the company added the Fudgesicle to its line, but it's been available for as long as I can remember. The earliest Popsicles were all fruit-flavored. The Popsicle company also makes something called a Creamsicle, which is vanilla ice cream inside a coating of fruit-flavored Popsicle.
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[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2010-07-30 12:59 pm (UTC)
yesterday at the store i bought some cookies that claimed to be orange-flavored because the icing was the precise color of dreamsicles. how i loved dreamsicles when i was a kid! it turned out that the icing tasted just like them too. :)
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2010-07-30 10:03 pm (UTC)
I don't remember Dreamsicles. I think all we had in California were Fudgesicle, Popsicles, and Creamsicles. One web site says that the name Dreamsicle was trademarked in 1938, and was still around in the 1970s, so they certainly existed when I was a kid.

We did have something called a Half-and-Half bar, which was a swirly mixture of vanilla ice cream and orange sherbet, but it wasn't made by the Popsicle company. We also had a Popsicle competitor called the Freeze-ee bar, which was only three cents for 2 1/2 ounces, versus Popsicle's five cents for 3 ounces. My favorite Freeze-ee bar was the raspberry flavor, which was bright blue in color and didn't really taste much like raspberries. It had an oddly perfume-like flavor, reminiscent of the green tea-flavored gum, Fan-Tan. On a hot summer day I could easily go through half a dozen of them, if I had the cash (or refundable bottles) to buy that many.
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