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Popsicles. Ice cream sandwiches. Freeze pops, cones, bars, bites and more. Few things scream summer like ice cream novelties. And what’s not to love? They’re single-serve, dripping with nostalgia and great for all of summer’s activities – from firework shows to poolside parties. Plus, they’re insanely delicious and indulgently satisfying.

With National Ice Cream Month in full swing, we’re highlighting our classic favorites, some new loves and a bunch of fun facts for these convenient creations found in a freezer aisle near you!


  • Fat Boy Vanilla Ice Cream SandwichThe current version of the ice cream sandwich was invented in 1945 by Jerry Newberg at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Popsicles were originally invented by an 11-year-old boy named Frank Epperson in 1905 when he accidentally left a cup of homemade soda on the porch overnight and it froze around the stirring stick
  • Pictures from the Jersey Shore circa 1905 show ice cream sandwiches were popular at 1 cent each
  • The original ice cream truck driver was a man in Nebraska with a horse cart who went around selling popsicles to children
  • The average number of ice cream sandwiches eaten every second is 48
  • More than two billion popsicles are sold each year
  • The first known recipe for ice cream sandwiches called for sponge cakes as the outer sandwich “slices”
  • Popsicle sticks featured jokes such as “Why was the doctor so calm? He had patients.”
  • Ice cream sandwiches featuring cookies were invented in 1928 in San Francisco when an ice cream vendor put a scoop of ice cream between two oatmeal cookies


Bomb PopsBomb Pop

Yep – they make the iconic red, white and blue popsicle that’s a staple of summer. But they also have a HUGE range of other kid-friendly flavors as well – Hawaiian Punch, Banana Fudge, Warheads and more. Check them out!

Fat Boy

These treats are STUFFED with delicious ice cream and sweet pop flavors! Plus, they offer gluten free options!

Bubbies MochiBubbies

Mochi is a new dough-wrapped delight that’s taking the frozen aisle by storm. And Bubbies has been doing these treats Hawaiian style for over 30 years. Their inventive mochi flavors and delectable cookie dough come in both packs and single-serve.

Jolly Llama

Speaking of better-for-you, Jolly Llama is all about dairy-free, gluten-free desserts. Their sandwiches and cones are made from coconut cream, and their sorbet pops all contain flavors from real fruit. Doesn’t get more refreshing than that.

Yasso Ice Cream NoveltiesYasso

Looking for a better-for-you option? Yasso has you covered. Their Greek-yogurt based bars, sandwiches and poppable treats are lower in calories and packed with protein, and not to mention delicious.

Blue Bunny

One of the original names in novelties, Blue Bunny now features full lines of cones, bars, mini swirls and more.

Halo Top

Halo Top Fudge BarEveryone’s favorite low-calorie ice cream brand makes pops as well. They’re all 80-110 calories per pop for a guilt-free indulgence. Plus, the ice cream bars are loaded with protein, and the fruit pops are made with real fruit and up to 65% less sugar.

Blue Ribbon Classics

Ending on a classic note. Helping make summer extra sweet since 1913, they now have a full line of cones, pops, bars and even a malt cup. This throwback brand has a great range of modern flavors that the whole family will enjoy.

What’s your favorite ice cream novelties treats for summer? Share with us on social media @EasyHomeMeals.