Bomb Pops

Bomb Pop

For many a kid, the arrival of summer coincided with the ringing of faraway bells, ones that signified the approach of a little white truck, filled to the brim with frozen treats. And, assuming your parents were generous with their spare change, you would soon come face to face with a vast menu of choices plastered on the side of the truck. With so many items to choose from, many gravitated towards the most patriotic of Popsicles – the Bomb Pop. Popular for over 50 years now, they have proven that they are as American as apple pie and Chevrolet.

As many of you surmised long ago, these are no ordinary popsicles. A Bomb Pop is a girthy hunk of flavored ice, shaped like a rocket and consisting of three specific layers of flavor – red (cherry), white (lime) and blue (raspberry). They were invented in 1955, by two Kansas City, Missouri men named James S. Merritt and D.s. “Doc” Abernathie.

The pair sold the rights to Wells Dairy, who began distributing the popular product under the Blue Bunny brand. Over the years, they have become a staple of ice cream trucks, grocery stores, and many a Fourth of July celebration. Nothing says patriotism like proudly holding up a Bomb Pop as it drips small sticky streams of syrupy multi-colored goo down your arm on a hot summer day.

If Bomb Pops were your preferred treat from the ice cream man, or if you just happen to be craving one right now, we welcome your memories of these frozen friends in our comments section. Long live the Bomb Pop!

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  1. roxanne says:

    I fondly remember Bomb Pops. The ice cream truck used to be parked by the elementary school during the Memorial Day and 4th of July parades. We would wait until all of the bands and organizations went by, then would mob the truck. Everyone I know bought the Bomb Pops, naturally, as it would have been unpatriotic not to. (Plus we were wearing red white, and blue, so if we dripped, at least one of the colors would match our clothing!)

    Thanks for the wonderful memory!

  2. I drove an ice cream jeep in the late 60’s. The Bomb Pops were almost twice the size as today. I always feel seriously ripped-off when I buy these at a grocery store and the actual pop is no larger than 1/2 of a Popsicle. Sorry, Blue Bunny – yer bomb pops are puny reflections of the real thing.

    • B says:

      Cecil, you had the “Commercial” ice cream truck size. The store bought ones are always smaller. I guess moms thought the bigger size was just too much sugar. The commercial size had to last you the walk home from school on hot summer days.

  3. Latanya Ivey says:

    The best thing out of a ice cream truck. Okay, add Nutty Buddies to that as well.

  4. LuAnn Bonsey says:

    Boy I just enjoyed a delicious frozen Bomb Pop! It brought back good memories of getting frozen treats from the Ice Cream Man long ago! 😀

  5. Geohn Turck says:

    As an old guy, well 43, I can definitively say Bomb Pops are NOT the same as they used to be. They are a confection now, made mostly with corn syrup rather than sugar and water. They don’t melt the same, and they don’t taste the same, how horrific!!

  6. april says:

    I love Bomb Pops!!! I just got done eating one!! i can eat two boxes in less than two wks!!!! Still my all-time fav!!!!
    Bomb Pop Lover :)

  7. Angela Cingel says:

    I love sweet bomb pops …..taste so good in my mouth can’t get enough of that flavor…….mmmnnnnnnnnnnnnnnmmm yummy

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  9. Sandra S. says:

    I agree with Cecil and Angela..I remember eating these at school and they were creamy and a lot bigger. .i even was trying to research where to find them. .Please bring them back! : (

  10. Wendy Zenzen says:

    They are back. I bought some in the grocery store but they are tiny!!! About 1/3 of the size.

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