Fun Facts about Lollipops
Lollipops have been everyone’s favorite at one time. This simple sugar candy with bright colors attached to a stick has so many fun facts. Let’s dive into a lollipop world and learn interesting things about it.
- While lollipop is a famous name for this candy on a stick but in different places, different terms are used for it, for example, lolly, sticky-pop, sucker, etc.
- As stated by National Confectioners Association, sucking sugar from a stick likely dates way back to prehistoric people who used to lick honey from the stick after scrapping it from the beehive.
- The ancient Chinese, Egyptians, and Arabs used to make confections by mixing various fruits and nuts in honey and eating them froth their sticks because of the stickiness of the mixture.
- The nobility used to eat boiled sugar with sticks or handles in the middle ages. These can be said as the first confections that resemble our modern-day lollipops.
- According to the book ‘Food for Thought,’ George Smith from Connecticut was the inventor of lollipops. He made giant hard candies mounted on a stick in 1908. He named these candies ‘lollipops’ after the racehorse of his time. The name was trademarked in 1913.
- Modern-day companies produce large batches of lollipops. Spangler Candy Company can make millions of lollipop units per day as one of the prominent lollipop makers. Surprisingly, this large batch is still unable to satisfy lollipop consumption even in the United States.
- On 17 September 2008, in Valladolid, Spain, a lollipop licking event was organized. Here a world record of most people licking lollipops at a time (12831) was made.
- The giant lollipop in the world weighed 3176.5 kg (7003 lb). It was created by See’s candies USA at their Burlingame, California company on 18 July 2012. This giant lollipop was of chocolate flavor and was 4 feet in length, 3 feet and 6 inches wide, and 5 feet 11 inches in height. These were just the dimensions of a candy part. The stick of this lollipop was 11 feet and 10 inches tall.
- Dum Dum lollipops is a famous lollipop; its inventor gave it this name because he thought it would be an easy name for kids to pronounce.
- The mystery flavor of Dum Dum isn’t so much of a mystery at all. It was created when one flavor was running out, and the workers began processing another one in the same vat.
- Lollipops have saved lives! Crazy, isn’t it? Some mothers in the US used lollipops to boost their children’s immunity to smallpox by giving them lollipops with the disease on them.
- Have you ever heard of the famous song ‘lollipop’? Well, it was inspired by accident. The daughter of Artist Julius Dixon got a lollipop stuck in her hair when he got late for the studio.
- There are lollipops for adults as well. Some candy makers even manufacture lollipops in beer and wine flavors. You can even get tea and coffee-flavored lollipops.
- Who knew this simple candy could be so much fun to learn about. We bet you must be craving some after reading this.