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. Just to toss a curve ball into the discussion: Circa 1959-60 I consumed a great quantity of ten cent FudgeSicles — as they were marketed in the Rochester, NY region — in an effort to complete a collection of the airplane cards which were included as a premium within the paper wrapper. The ‘Red Sicle Ball’ was prominently displayed on the outside of the package as well as on the back side of the cards, which I’ve kept to this day. At least in my area, the cards were only ever included in chocolate Fudgesicles, never in Creamsicles or Popsicles. In case you’re interested, I almost completed what I thought was a full set of 42 cards, with the lone exception of No. 33. Then, in the Internet era, to my exasperation,I learned there had been a whole later series of 34 cards — numbered through 76 — which were never available in the Rochester area.

  2. From Queens NY and was just arguing with my husband from Long Island who corrected my fudgicle to fudgsicle and I found this article. Thanks I actually recall those yellow striped wrappers

  3. Lots of things of preWW2 vintage tend to point to NYC and the northeast. Many new products were rolled out there at the time, and didn’t hit the rest of the country till after the war.