Brits struggling with this summer heat have been hit with criticism for pointing out that licking popsicles is something people are doing wrong.
One TikTok user has admitted that after decades of eating ice-cold treats, she only just realized she hadn’t managed to even unwrap them.
Sam Bearfoot posted footage of the moment the penny dropped for opening the ice cube packs instead of biting into the plastic.
The business trainer, from Dartford in Kent, filmed herself choosing not to try to chew the wrapper open and instead just snapping it in half.
She captioned her online insight, “Please tell me I’m not stupid?”
But her apparent revelation drew mixed reactions – some viewers thanked her for the suggestion and are only just realizing her past mistakes, while others said they would stick with alternative options.
The 25 second clip on her @shelbbrazzell account suggests the new idea has only just occurred to her.
She tells viewers, “If this works — oh damn it.”
Accelerated footage of her hurrying somewhere is followed by an ice lolly shattering in half, causing Sam to sigh, “I’ve been using my teeth for 42 years.”
The idea seemed to come as a pleasant surprise to many – many people dubbed it a “game changer”.
A viewer assured Sam, “Don’t worry, you’re not the only one who just learned something new.”
Another, obviously impressed, said, “I have to go to the stores now to buy some more just so I can try this.”
The uploader was also told, “46 years old and used my mouth or my scissors”, “My whole childhood was a lie” and “I’ve used my teeth since day one”.
Others commented, “How do I learn this now?” and “This is an absolute game changer — as kids we used to chew the ends off with our teeth.”
However, there have also been more skeptical interventions.
One person who tried to put the recommendation into action said: “I tried it and it worked, but using scissors is much better” – while another person regretted: “Nope, they’re broken now.”
Another reviewer suggested, “I always cut mine with scissors because I hate having two pieces,” while other carp commented, “Been doing this for years” and “How didn’t you know?”
Other popsicle tips include a mom’s tip on how to keep them from melting on the way to the park.
Cupcake fillings are also recommended to prevent ice cream or popsicles from dripping down your face while baking this summer.
Ice cream vans can have high-profile fans, this week showed it – when Manchester City and Norway football star Erling Haaland jumped into a vendor’s truck as his club celebrated the Premier League, FA Cup and Uefa Champions League treble.