Saturday, July 23, 2011

Flavor of the Season

Throughout all those long, lazy summer days of childhood - thousands of years ago, nothing brought such delight as an ice cold Popsicle. We'd wait and wait and wait for the sound of the tinkly little bell heralding a truckful of every flavor Popsicle ever dreamed up, plus Fudgesicles and Creamsicles and the occasional Push-up or NuttyBuddy.

Decisions, decisions. Cherry? Grape? Blueberry (just blue, nothing very berry about it)? Or the very exotic . . . banana?

If I were feeling silly, I'd choose the blue one, just because it turned my teeth, tongue, and lips blue, and that's funny to a 5-year-old. If I were feeling a little outrageous, I'd choose banana - it was just so odd-tasting, in a good way, but not like a real banana. Once in a while I'd go all conservative and choose grape. But mostly, I'd choose cherry, my personal favorite.

But never orange. Orange was so NOT special. It was just OK, and if we'd waited for the truck all that time, the choice needed to be spectacular, not just OK.

So what's your favorite Popsicle flavor? Is there an orange-lover out there? Hm? Or are we all banana and cherry fans?

And do speak up if you're a NuttyBuddy.

(In case you didn't catch it, the picture's not vintage Popsicle. It's the ad Peggy Olsen came up with for a campaign on Mad Men.)


Anonymous said...

I've discovered those new (well, new to me) popsicles. There are 36 popsicles packaged in those plastic mesh bags. You buy them un-frozen in the store and put them in your freezer when you get home, so plan ahead. They have some great new flavors like, melon, peach (my new favorite), lime (Yuk, taste like I would imagine Lysol would taste), pina colata, and the usual grape, cherry,and orange.
They are packaged in individual plastic sleeves so your hands stay sticky free. I do miss the stick (all those craft projects will be forgotten) and the double popsicle you could share with a friend or relative.
All in all these are great... try
'em, you'll like 'em!!!

MaryB said...

I love those things, Bro! I used to keep the fridge well-stock with them when I lived in Atlanta. And, yeah, lime always tastes funny.

Joy Des Jardins said...

Mmmm, how I loved popsicles and fudgesicles. I could go for one right now in this ridiculous heat we've been having. Yep, I think when I venture out later...I'll go get some. Grape and cherry were my favorites.