July 20th is National Lollipop Day!! To celebrate, we found some fun facts about lollipops to make your life a little sweeter. Read on for 10 things you *probably* didn't know about lollipops:
1. Cotton Candy is the Most Common Flavor
Everybody loves cotton candy, so this just makes sense!
2. Chicken Pox Pops
In 2011, several news reports surfaced revealing that parents all over the United States were buying lollipops that had been licked by children who had the Chicken Pox virus. A modern version of a chicken-pox-party, parents bought the pops online in hopes of giving their child the virus to build their immunity without the vaccine.
3. You Can Buy Scorpion Suckers and Cricket Lick-it's
Hotlix, an edible insect candy creator, has been making lollipops with real insects for 25 years! The company sells lollipops with scorpions, crickets, ants, and worms inside.
4. The Largest Lollipop Weighed More Than Most Vehicles
On July 18th, 2012, See's Candies won the Guinness World Record for the largest lollipop, weighing in at 7,003 pounds. If you exclude full-size pick-ups and SUVs, the lollipop weighed more than most cars! The chocolate-flavored lollipop was over 4 feet long, 3 and 1/2 feet wide, and nearly 6 feet tall. The lollipop also had an 11' 10" stick that did not count toward the size or weight.
5. Tootsie Roll Produces 16 Million Lollipops a Day
By producing 16 million Tootsiepops a day, Tootsie Roll makes the most lollipops of any company. We hope it takes less than 16 million licks to get the the center!
6. Lollipops Have a Horse to Thank for Their Name
While variations of lollipops have been around for centuries, George Smith is often credited with the invention of the modern lollipop; allegedly, he named them for his favorite race horse, Lolly Pop. And while the sweet candy has a horse to thank for its name, linguists translate lollipop into "tongue slap".
7. You Have Salvador Dali to Thank for Chupa Chups' Daisy-Shaped Logo
Chupa Chups' popular daisy-shaped logo was not always in the shape of a daisy. The company's logo changed multiple times when the company was first beginning. None of them stuck until Salvador Dali, a famous spanish artist who was friends with the company's owner, created a logo with the daisy. The logo has evolved over the years, but the daisy has stayed in place ever since.
8. Dum Dums are made for Dumb-Dumbs
When Akron Candy Company created Dum Dums in 1924, I.C. Bahr was their sales manager. Bahr thought Dum Dums was the easiest thing for children to say, so he thought it would be the name that made the most money. He must have done something right, because today over 1 billion Dum Dums are produced each year.
9. Your Taste Buds Can Pay the Bills
Not only do many lollipop plants perform random taste tests to make sure their batches of lollipops are turning out, but they also often create panels of people to taste possible new flavors and give feedback!
10. Any Flavor of Your Dreams is (Probably) a Reality
Lollyphile, an experimental candy company, has created 30 "beautiful, bizarre, and unique" flavors. Whether you want a lollipop that tastes like your favorite beer or wine, a lollipop that tastes like pizza, or you want to try something a little bit more original like breast milk (for the toddlers of course) or sriracha, Lollyphile has a lollipop for you!
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