There has been a long-running disagreement in my brain concerning my tendency to say “fudgicle” even though all packaging and humans around me clearly pointed towards “fudgsicle.” Last night I took part in a lively scholarly debate, and some research was conducted on various handheld Internet-enabled devices. REVELATIONS OCCURRED.
Yes, “fudgsicle” is the official brand name from the Popsicle company. A brief survey of the planet revealed that only old people, folks North of Boston, and scattered handfuls of weirdos say “fudgicle”. But why? Where could this mistake have come from? Why does it persist among certain primitive tribes? A little Googling reveals that the Joe Lowe Corporation of New York actually had a bona fide product without the S:
The Almighty Wikipedia proclaims: “Fudgsicle is another registered trademark of Unilever. In the early 20th century, the product was sold as Fudgicle.” So Fudgsicle is the modern/popular choice, but Fudgicle is not incorrect. It’s apparently survived as a mini-sub-regional variation (parts of Massachusetts, maybe a little upstate NY).
Throughout my youth, I thought the “Fudgicle” pronunciation was correct. As an adult, after being PERSECUTED FOR MY BELIEFS so many times, I just figured it was one of the many words I would mispronounce until death. But now, lo, I have been VINDICATED BY SNACK HISTORY and THE INTERNET. I know THE TRUTH. And it has SET ME FREE.