Summer is almost upon us—the days are long and the temps are high. It’s time to check the freezer for those long skinny bags of slushy ice that probably have a name but I don’t know what it is. When I was a kid, we called them “icees” (not to be confused with the much better and much more exciting Italian ices).
A user going by Lucy (@fetusleen) tweeted a picture of a stack of the frozen treats and asked what people call them and which flavor they think is best.
it's dead summer. your mom comes home from the store with THESE. what do u call these and what is the best color? pic.twitter.com/MqARWmrch8— lucy ♡ 8 (@fetusIeen) May 25, 2019
The tweet sparked nostalgia and went viral, with tons of people weighing with what they called the ice pops as kids.
A bunch of people said “Otter Pops,” which is one brand of them.
OTTER POP— darth™ (@darth) May 28, 2019
I WILL BE TAKING NO FURTHER SUGGESTIONS https://t.co/Uxo9qK4tTG
Each Otter Pop had a name and personality.
AND THE OTTER POPS HAD NAMES, DARTH
THEY HAD GOD DAMN NAMES HOW AMAZING IS THAT
— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) May 28, 2019
EVERY OTTER POP HAD NOT ONLY A NAME BUT A PERSONALITY CHUCK
— darth™ (@darth) May 28, 2019
BLUE! <3 ?? pic.twitter.com/3i6pssNncO
— Texas Chainsaw Ballerina?☠️ (@tl_kinney) May 26, 2019
But there were a zillion different generic names for them and different brands depending on where you lived as a kid.
Tip-Tops! Cola & Red are the best :)) https://t.co/260IYRe63K— • xokels (@FunGh0ulz) May 28, 2019
Flav-Or-Ice, and BLU! https://t.co/eyV3EZSCbT— Berdie Sanders (@tucakeane) May 27, 2019
i call them freezies & the blue/white ones are god tier https://t.co/PwtnbaWMvs— Super ? (@SuperDaStar) May 27, 2019
Mr Freezes https://t.co/EaR8bRHdhD— Calvin Delaney (@CalcalCalvi) May 27, 2019
They're called ice pops https://t.co/kP8sAuLDir— Brandon (@periodicapollo) May 28, 2019
They are called esquimalitos people!! Learn!! https://t.co/2jpvKxnrDb— MI CASA ?? (@pioneerwizard) May 27, 2019
fun pops; red & purple https://t.co/ZrbuyJrEEY— lyric (@itsthatlyric) May 27, 2019
They're called "BOLIS" https://t.co/RJ8QhBueCJ— maría (@mgvxn) May 27, 2019
always called them bolis and it scares me that no one has said that, I’m Mexican from LA btw and the best color is purple
— AJ (@roblessk8) May 27, 2019
Apparently they’re called Zooper Doopers in Australia and New Zealand.
20 Zooper Doopers almost look quite sad and lonely. It’s not summer if your freezer doesn’t look like this. pic.twitter.com/6yT8NFRckx
— David Packer (@mrdavidpacker) May 27, 2019
Jublies in the UK.
We call those Jublies in the UK
— TheSeaPenguin (@TheSeaPenguin) May 27, 2019
And someone else brought up what he thinks might be the Asian equivalents (SORT of).
Everyone's arguing about otter pops vs. ice pops but I have a question: did anyone else eat these special types of pops growing up, or was it just us Asians? This was my go-to summer treat: you'd cut off the tip or break it in half and suck out the flavor. What did we call these? pic.twitter.com/3vkHRDO6Kc— Eugene Lee Yang (@EugeneLeeYang) May 27, 2019
The list goes on! And other people thought they were called “popsicles” but they’re NOT—popsicles have sticks in them.
People call these something besides popsicles? https://t.co/WlUlTJ5yUh— Douglas Camden (@FatDarthSolo) May 28, 2019
Quite a few people referred to the cuts you’d get in your mouth trying to chew the plastic packages open.
Corners of my mouth already cut https://t.co/acO1qVajgI— Jake and Cheese (@JacobMeeks97) May 27, 2019
I swear I have permament scarring on the sides of my mouth because of the sharp plastic edges. Good times— Fintan McKenna (@F_cKenna) May 27, 2019
And some people called them nothing at all.
You call them nothing, these ancient sources of power have no name. One simply knows what they are from birth. Also blue is best. https://t.co/cMr5J4nvSp— ? One-Eyed Idiot ? (@G_Money_Moran) May 27, 2019
And finally, I found one person who also called them icees.
A quick scan of the answers leads me to believe that blue was the flavor chosen as people’s favorites most often.
Flavor Ice. BLUE!
— Christie Lee (@NoVACLC) May 26, 2019
Well, whatever you call them, it’s time to stock up on them!