July 20: National Lollipop Day
Archaeologists believe that ancient Chinese, Arabs, and Egyptians all composed fruit that they sweetened in honey then inserted a stick so it was not as messy to eat. Finding the idea of the lollipop was a complete accident. McAviney Candy Company boiled some hard candies and inserted them with a stick.
That first struck the market in 1908 of putting hard candy on a stick. That year a machine company believed that they could make the supply of them for the whole nation in one week. George Smith said the name of lollipops originated from his preferred racing horse, Lolly Pop. With the machine making 2,400 candies per hour they knew that they would be able to complete that task. Not till 1931 was the term lollipop trademarked.
Fun Facts About Lollipops
- It takes an average of 364 licks to get to the middle of a Tootsie Pop
- Lollipop meaning “tongue slap”
- Dum Dums mystery flavor is just the end of one flavor mixed in with the flavor added
- World’s largest lollipop was made in 2012 and weighed over 7,000 pounds
- Dum Dums have 16 flavors and one mystery flavor
- Some lollipops carry medicines
- There are over hundreds of different flavors
- Machines today produce over 5,900 lollipops per minute
- The original machine only produced 40 lollipops per minute