How Lollipops Melt: The Fascinating Science Behind the Sweet Treat

Lollipops are a classic favorite, known for their bright colors and sweet flavors. But have you ever wondered what happens to a lollipop under the heat of a sunny Los Angeles day? At Sparko Sweets, we're not just candy makers; we're also curious about the science that makes our lollipops behave the way they do, especially when it comes to melting.

The Science of Melting

Lollipops are primarily composed of sugar and corn syrup, substances known for their high melting points. The melting point of a lollipop is around 320°F (160°C), which is much higher than the hottest day in L.A. However, under the sun or in a warm car, lollipops can start to soften considerably, even if they don’t reach a full melt.

What Influences Melting?

Several factors can affect how quickly a lollipop might begin to soften or melt:

  • Temperature: Obviously, the warmer the environment, the quicker the candy will start to change form.
  • Humidity: High humidity can lead to a sticky surface on the candy as it begins to attract moisture from the air.
  • Sun Exposure: Direct sunlight can heat up a lollipop faster than ambient temperature alone, speeding up the softening process.

The Role of Ingredients

At Sparko Sweets, we carefully select our ingredients to optimize the texture and durability of our lollipops. We use a specific balance of sugar and corn syrup to ensure a stable structure that resists melting under typical conditions. However, when designing lollipops that might be exposed to higher temperatures (like those enjoyed on a beach day), we consider adding ingredients that raise the melting point even further.

How to Prevent Melting

For those looking to keep their lollipops in perfect condition during the hot summer months, here are a few tips:

  • Store in a cool, dry place: Lollipops last longest when stored away from heat sources and out of direct sunlight.
  • Keep them wrapped: The individual wrappers protect lollipops from moisture and minor temperature fluctuations.
  • Use a thermal bag for transport: If you’re taking lollipops on the go, a thermal bag can help keep them cool and prevent melting.

From Us to You

As someone deeply involved in the process at Sparko Sweets, I find the science behind our candies not just fascinating but essential to crafting the perfect treat. We strive to ensure that each lollipop not only tastes great but can stand up to the challenges of the environment, wherever you choose to enjoy it.


Understanding how lollipops melt is more than just technical curiosity; it’s about ensuring the quality and enjoyment of every piece. Whether you're at a picnic in Griffith Park or enjoying a day at Santa Monica Pier, knowing how to keep your lollipops in tip-top shape can make all the difference. At Sparko Sweets, we’re committed to making your sweet experiences the best they can be, from production to the final savory moment.