Fudgicle vs. Fudgsicle

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.

34 thoughts on “Fudgicle vs. Fudgsicle

  1. Additionally, Joe Lowe Corporation of New York WAS the Popsicle company. I know, my dad was CEO until their merger with Consolidated Foods.in 1965.

        1. And on the way to Riis Park…But we never called it “Queens”, although that’s where it was. ;)

  2. My partner and I were just fighting over this topic! She, raised in Massachsetts, was of the fudgicle school. I, a former Bronxite, went for fudgesicle. Thank you for your research which has allowed us to say we were both right!

  3. I rarely comment on these sorts of things online but I had to make an exception in this case. I belong to the 99.999999% of the population who believe that ‘fudgsicle’ is correct pronunciation. This article had me and my friends in tears last night as the fudgical vs fudgsicle debate erupted, four-to-one in favour of fudgSICLE… To add to your ‘brief survey of the planet’, although we’re all Canadian, the lone ‘fugdical’ supporter was an East-Coaster!

  4. Correct-tron and Tzatzikiman are incredibly pleased with the results of your research. The conclusions that you have reached are nothing short of groundbreaking in both the scientific and Popsicle communities.

    Your prose is majestic to the point of being poetic. Reading your entry was akin to bathing in a tub of sprinkles while being fed grapes by the last ten czars of Russia.

    We wish you the best in your quest for truth and justice.

    May the force be with you.

  5. Nearly 60 years ago, when I was a little kid going to the beach with my family to Jacob Riis Park, in Queens, NY from my Grandparents’ house in Brooklyn. The ice cream guys hawking their wares on the beach would call out “Fudicle! Getyer Fudgicle here!” There was no S in that word,
    The memory of that call rings in my ears now, along with the calls from the food guys at Yankee Stadium when I was a little older. “Hot Dogs, getyer Hot Dogs!” and “Peanuts! Peanuts here!” and the continual voices that still sound the same today. “Beeah Heah! Getcha Beeah Heah!”
    Sigh. Oh ,yeah.

  6. I can’t thank you enough. My know-it-all son has been correcting me for years and he looked this up so that he could tell me I was wrong. Joke’s on him. I grew up in NY (Long Island) and never heard Fudgsicle. I just assumed it was one of those words that no one pronounced as it looked, like bologna and catsup. Does anyone say cat-sup? Anyway, thanks. I too will no longer be PERSECUTED FOR MY BELIEFS.

  7. Gosh, that was a satisfying read. My mom (Western New York) used to say fudgical as well, and I inherited it from her through linguistic practice. Now if only the dictionary onboard my computer would not count it as a misspelling. THAT would be vindication.

  8. Growing up in Nanticoke, PA, they were always Fudgicles to us! My neighbor and I argued over this the other evening so thanks for showing us that we’re both right!

  9. Ha, ha! I love it! I was raised in Alabama, lived most of my life now in Texas. I love “fudgicle!” I am not sure, but I believe I learned it from t.v. Something like “Laverne & Shirley…” I love saying it. It’s just FUN! (I am 65.)

  10. As a former Good Humor Man in D.C. I knew that the person who asked for a fudgicle was probably from NY or farther north/ east. Ice pops, chocolate covered Popsicles and so many more regionalisms made the job that much more interesting to an 18 year old 600 miles from home. 25 years later I found that my next door neighbor had lived on my route in Rose Hills Farm s/d. Everything about the job was good…probably the best one I ever had or maybe the most interesting one.

  11. Growing up in Saskatchewan in the 70s, I had always heard them called fudgicals. (I preferred Revels). It is interesting to hear the history and feel (somewhat) less eccentric. ;-)

  12. It says “swell gifts” on one of the packages. Does anyone at all still use the term “swell” in that sense? Perhaps it’s still used by the people who still say Fudgicle!

    1. Lol! I haven’t heard swell in a while except in reruns of Leave it to Beaver and the Brady Bunch! However also note that Jo Lo wanted his customers to reuse the bags for a gift! Early makings of recycling!!

  13. I was raised in Montreal, Quebec, CANADA. I live in Toronto, Ontario currently and have been teased for incorrectly pronouncing this ice cream treat. We always called it fudgicles in Montreal, but here now in Toronto it’s called fudgicles. Thanks for validating me!!!

  14. my mom, her sister and my dad always said fudgicle. they grew up in the city (Chicago). I was raised in the ‘burbs and never heard any other family say it that way. It was fudgcicle to everyone else. …my fam were always being corrected, but they knew the truth. So it’s not just NY/east coasters!

  15. I am so glad to have found this post! My husband (from Long Island) and I were fighting over this! I have always said it without the “s”, as I am from CT, and he berated me for pronouncing it wrong. I knew that I was right in some strange alternate New England speak-way! Thank you!!!

  16. When I was a child, growing up in Seattle in the 60s, I was already a bit of a stickler for correct grammar. Although everyone around me said “fudgesicle,” I noticed that the word on the wrapper had no ‘s’, and therefore I refused to pronounce it. To this day I cringe when I hear that extra letter in the word.

  17. Our group of nine were sharing a tray full of ice cream delights after a delightful swim and BBQ and -icle/-sicle debate ensued. We didn’t even believe the former ice cream man in our midst who defended the regional -icle. Your post = perfection.

  18. We always have said fudgicle! Upstate NY folks…Utica and New Hartford. Sorry….no other way to pronounce it! Boy, we wish we had one right now….

  19. Thank you so much for your research! I grew up in Revere MA, my husband in Pittsburgh PA we are constantly disagreeing on words, pronunciations, grammar etc. (mostly those used by our parents and passed down). I love that I too have been vindicated! Wish you could help me out with a few others like when I say close the light upstairs!!! It’s what Nana always said to us, lol.

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