Frozen summer treat takes centerstage

No matter what the name is, frozen juice in a small Dixie cup is a popular southern treat.

Honeydrippers, Flips, Lilly Dillies, Scrapers, Julips, frozen cups; these are just a few names some FAMU students use to describe their hometowns’ popular summertime treat.

Students from the South can relate to the popular summertime delicacy. Students from cities like Tampa, Jacksonville, Orlando, Miami, Quincy, Sarasota, Pensacola and even Tallahassee all have experienced the joy of the sweet frozen juice in a flimsy little Dixie cup! Beyond the Florida state lines, one student from South Carolina introduced another new name for the frozen delicacy.

Tajuan Griffin, a 19-year-old mechanical engineering freshman from Charleston, has sweet freeze cup memories.

“We call them Jubees,” Griffin said. “When I was about 7, my friends and I used to make them and sell them out of our house. Sometimes we would get them from someone’s house because they always made it better than our mom’s. My favorite kind of Jubee was a mixture of watermelon and grape. We would sometimes freeze juice-flavored ice cubes, put it in a Jubee and then freeze it. It was so good.”

Elizabeth Jones, a 19-year-old freshman psychology and math education student from Montego Bay, Jamaica, talked about her childhood summer fix.

“We called them Icees. When I was about 7, during the summer we would go to the local corner store after school and buy them for the equivalent of 50 cents in the states. They used the juice you get from a bag and they would squeeze the bag of juice into a little Dixie cup. The Icees came in cherry, blueberry, grape and lemonade. My favorite was blueberry.”

Eric Walker, a 21-year-old exercise science student from St. Petersburg, got excited while he reminisced about “flips.”

“We called them flips,” he said. “When I was in elementary school, we would go to the ‘Flip Lady’ every day after school. The local ‘flip lady’ by my house was the only one who put fruit in her flips.

My favorite was when she put fresh pineapples in the flip with real pineapple juice. Or she would make cherry flips with fruit cocktail inside of it. Even now, when I go home to visit my family, I still go to the ‘flip lady’ to get a flip.”

All of these interesting stories have one beautiful thing in common: The southern satisfaction and reflection of a simple summer fix.

When it’s all said and done, it doesn’t really matter what your local neighbors call it, or the art of how it’s made, it still invokes the same sweet memories of a fun-filled day, after school, playing in grandma’s yard or walking to a friend’s house while enjoying a satisfying cup of delicious frozen juice.