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.

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9 Responses to Fudgicle vs. Fudgsicle

  1. Fudgie the Whale says:

    Fudgicles all around! We ALWAYS called them that, here in NY.

  2. Curtis says:

    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.

  3. Stephanie says:

    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!

  4. Vince says:

    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!

  5. Correct-tron and Tzatzikiman says:

    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.

  6. Ellie Maziekien says:

    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.

  7. Nem says:

    Really, “PERSECUTED FOR MY BELIEFS” and in all caps? Really?

  8. Meridith says:

    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.