When the outside temperature clocks close to your own body temperature, there's nothing better than sucking on the popsicles to help you not melt your eyeballs. Well, that was back when I was a young boy in the 80's. Now, I just whine and complain about it in an air-conditioned room.
This particular popsicles called "Gari Gari kun" was (and still is) very popular in the 80's. This popsicle has the usual outside layer which is cold, smooth and tasty, but the nice surprise is that as you bite into it more, there's a core of slushy iced shaves inside. Very cool idea.
Sometimes, after you suck out the last moisture out of the wooden stick, you find that you get to have another one for free. It would be clearly carved out on the stick like this;
Picture this though. I'm outside (most likely front of Mom and Pop shop)with my friends eating this popsicles. When I'm done, I see that I get a free one. Cool, I immediately exchange the stick with new popsicle, show it off to my friends and devour it as if I hadn't had anything like it before. But then the nightmare sets in. I not only would get the brain freeze from eating two popsicles but I also just gave myself a colon cleanse and detoxing. Let's just say that I would spend the rest of the afternoon by myself.
One of the Gaki No Tsukai episodes had popsicle props called "Gaki Gaki Kun" which was essentially a parody of the "Gari Gari Kun." The manufacture was so thankful of Gaki crew for doing this, it is said that Matsumoto was sent box full of the popsicle thereafter.
Special thanks to Alex.
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