During those muggy summers in the 70s, there was no sound more welcome than the jingling bells of the ice cream man. And one of his more popular items was always the patriotic popsicle known as a Bomb Pop. Sporting the three colors of the American flag, each representing a tasty layer of flavor, the Bomb Pop soothed many a soul during those dog days of summer.
Created in 1955, the Bomb Pop is a missile-shaped frozen confection consisting of three layers – red (cherry), white (lime) and blue (raspberry). They were considerably larger than the typical popsicle, which didn’t hurt their popularity among their budget-conscious demographic, plus you weren’t stuck with only one flavor.
Of course, Bomb Pops always proved a perfect fit for Fourth of July celebrations and were popular at backyard barbeques, the beach and in the park. And in 1976, while the nation celebrated its Bicentennial, the Bomb Pop seemed all the more special.
Bomb Pops are still available today, made now by Blue Bunny and sold in supermarkets across the country. Besides the traditional variety, there are also fudge, watermelon, sour cherry and Jolly Rancher versions, to name a few.
It’s still the original that’s the biggest seller, however, and one bite is sure to bring back a wave of memories. It’s hard to forget the sensation of those sticky red, white and blue drips down your arm, as you fought to finish the bomb pop before the sun did. Those are the things that made childhood a little more special.
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