What Do You Call Those Plastic Tubes of Colorful Ice?

Are they Otter Pops, Zooper Doopers, Freezies or what? Twitter can't decide!

Sometimes something just touches a nerve with the masses, and it’s hard to say precisely why. Such may be the case with a debate launched on Twitter last week that pretty much instantly shot to social-media virality: You know those long, plastic-sheathed tubes of bright-colored, sugary flavored ice you see at bodegas and delis, corner stores and supermarkets? The ones that were a hot-weather staple of many a sunny childhood summer day?

What do you call them? And which flavor is the best? Those were the questions posed by a young woman who goes by lucy ♡ 1 on Twitter.

“it's dead summer. your mom comes home from the store with THESE. what do u call these and what is the best color?”lucy ♡ 1‏ wrote on May 25, alongside an image of purple, bright red, bright blue, pale red, bright green and orange tubes, all in a row and piled double.

At this point, that original post has netted almost 3,000 retweets, 25,000 likes and 16,000 comments. (For context, lucy♡ 1 has only 1,242 followers as of this writing.)

The verdict? Well, some people call those colorful frozen treats “Otter Pops.” Others “Zooper Doopers.” Still others say they are “Freezies.” There’s at least one vote for “Jublies.” (I guess it’s a U.K. thing?)

You’ve also got your “Freezy Pops,” “Freeze Pops” and “Freezer Pops” fans. And some people insist they are most accurately known as “Icy Poles.”

Lots of people call them “Flavor Ice” or “Fla-Vor-Ice” (which I think is maybe what we called them growing up outside of Chicago?) and others say they always just called them “Popsicles” (although everyone knows Popsicles have sticks and these plastic tubes are stick-free, so …).

Oh, and “Bolis,” that’s also a thing people say they call them, as are the unnecessarily gendered “Mr. Freezes.”

Some people call them “Icees,” but that opens a whole debate about “Slushees,” so maybe it’s best to just back away from that one carefully.

Also someone posted an image of a larger version of whatever these are called and that brand is called an “Ice Tickle.”

At that point – I mean, Ice Tickle -- you kind of have to figure the conversation has gone about as far as it can go.

And the best flavor? Of course that topic also has many opinions, but whichever color you pick, it better be something you want your tongue, teeth and lops to look like for the rest of the day.

Ah, summer …

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