Just for fun, here are some interesting facts about lollipops that you may or may not know about:
1. Different informal terms are used in different places, including lolly, sucker, sticky-pop, etc.
2. According to the National Confectioners Association, eating sugar from a stick likely dates to prehistoric man, who licked honey off the stick he used to scrape it from the beehive.
3. The ancient Arabs, Chinese and Egyptians made fruit and nut confections candied in honey, which may also have been eaten from sticks, owing to the stickiness of the confection.
4. The first confectioneries that closely resemble what we call lollipops date to the Middle Ages, when the nobility would often eat boiled sugar with the aid of sticks or handles.
5. According to the book Food for Thought: Extraordinary Little Chronicles of the World, they were invented by George Smith of New Haven, Connecticut, who started making large hard candies mounted on sticks in 1908. He named them after a racehorse of the time, Lolly Pop – and trademarked the lollipop name in 1931.
6. In modern times, multinational global companies have capability to create a truly staggering amount of lollipops every day. One of the most notable producers of lollipops today is Spangler Candy Company can produce three million units per day, which is not enough to satisfy consumption of lollipops in United States.
7. The term ‘lollipop’ was recorded by English lexicographer Francis Grose in 1796. The term may have derived from the term “lolly” (tongue) and “pop” (slap). The first references to the lollipop in its modern context date to the 1920s. Alternatively, it may be a word of Romany origin being related to the Roma tradition of selling candy apples on a stick. Red apple in the Romany language is loli phaba.
8. The most people licking lollipops is 12,831 and was organized by the Coordinadora de Peñas de Valladolid, in Valladolid, Spain, on 7 September 2008. Justine Bourdariat adjudicated. The Coordinadora de Peñas are the current record holders for the “Largest water pistol fight” and previous record holders for the “Largest water balloon fight”. Fiesta company provided the lollipops.
9. The largest lollipop was 3176.5 kg (7,003 lb), and was created by See’s Candies (USA) at See’s Candies Lollypop Factory in Burlingame, California, USA, on 18 July 2012. The lollipop was chocolate-flavored and had the following measurements: 4 feet 8.75 inches in length, 3 feet 6 inches in width, and 5 feet 11 inches in height. The lollipop also included a stick which was 11 feet 10 inches tall, though the weight of the stick did not count towards the record.
10. Sparko Sweets is home to the out of this world Galaxy Lollipops and is now able to customize lollipops using your very own photos and design.