Probably just another reason to over-indulge in sweetness, what better way to nibble your way through brightly colored sugars than with a sweet snack on a stick. Course, while serving sweet additions on sticks might be a new improvement for some foods, it’s been like that since the beginning of time for the lolli. Today we’re sharing seven fun facts about this favored candy in honor of #NationalLollipopDay!
For the first lolli, we have to thank George Smith. He saw a fellow sweet maker in West Haven, Connecticut put a chocolate and caramel candy on a stick. Lightbulb! He decided to run with that idea and began manufacturing his out version of the hard candy, naming it Lolly Pop after his favorite horse.
The first lollipop-making machine that was able to deliver at a high-production rate was invented in 1908. it would push out 40 pops in a single minute; today modern machines can churn out 5900 in a minute.
The largest lolli in history was made on July 18th 2012 when a confectioner from See’s Candies of California decided to create something extra delicious. The result was a cherry-flavored lolli that weighed over 7000lbs. and stood as tall as a giraffe!
The original Chupa Chupa label was designed by recognized artist Salvador Dali.
Before it was associated with our classic treat, the term lollipop referred to other things; in the mid 1780s Charles Dickens uses it to call out stickless candies.
Surprisingly, cotton Candy is the most common lollipop flavor.
The main ingredients in this simple recipe are corn syrup, sugar, water, and flavoring.
And so in the name of Lolly, there you have it! Now go out and treat a friend to share the sweetness!