June 24, 2021 – National Pralines Day | National Bomb Pop Day

This Treat Has Been Around Since The Cold War, But It’s Still The Best Way To Stay Frosty.

Welcome to June 24th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate sweet “nut-things” and patriotic pops. 

There are lots of stories about the origin of the candy known as the praline, but they all point to the same 17th century nobleman —Count du Plessis-Praslin. The most popular version was that the Count asked his personal chef to create an irresistible candy that he could give out to the women he was courting. This confection, which was originally made with almonds, became very popular and was brought to the Southern United States by French immigrants in the 1800s. It was there that the candy was given a local twist—replacing almonds with pecans—and the praline that we know and love in the States was born. On National Pralines Day, give your sweet tooth a love note with this classic confectionary creation.

Doc Abernathy and James Merrit were supposedly on a road trip when they came up with the idea for the bomb pop.  In 1955 during the height of the Cold War, these guys from Kansas City, MO were inspired by a patriotic theme.  Today the red, white and blue trio of cherry, lemon and blue raspberry still appeals to the kid in all of us.  If you remember scrambling for money at the sound of music from the ice cream truck turning down your street, you’ll remember your first bomb pop.  Some original popsicle flavors have been retired, but the bomb pop is still the best way to stay cool on any given day in Summer.  On National Bomb Pop Day, stay frosty with this iconic blast from the past. 

I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.

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